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Four Juniata students receive grants to attend
the 4th Annual International Student Conference on Divided Societies

Four Juniata College students studying in Europe this semester have received grants from the college’s Center for International Education and the Baker Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies to attend the 4th Annual International Student Conference on Divided Societies which will be held at both the National University of Ireland in Maynooth outside Dublin, and in Derry, Northern Ireland later this month.  The four Juniata students who have been awarded the grants are: Ziting Cai, studying at University College Cork in Ireland; Derek Deshaies, studying in Seville, Spain; Harris Dunlap, studying at the University of Ulster in Northern Ireland; Briana Maddalena, studying at Westfälische Hochschule in Germany. 

Peter Cassells, Executive Director of the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for Conflict Intervention which is hosting the event at the Maynooth campus announced that the Juniata students will be joining students from over 20 U.S. and European colleges and universities who will meet from 25 – 27 October to participate in the conference which will explore the divisions leading to conflict in Ireland, the Middle East, and former Yugoslavia.  The U.S. and European students are studying at institutions in Belgium, Croatia, France, Germany, Hungary, Spain, the UK, and Ireland.  The Baker Institute for Peace & Conflict Studies at Juniata College in Pennsylvania is organizing the conference in association with the Kennedy Institute, and it is being co-sponsored by AEGEE (European Students' Forum), the Institute for American Universities in France, and INCORE (International Conflict Research Institute) at the University of Ulster in Derry. 

The “cross-border” conference will be divided into three parts:  the initial part of the conference held at Maynooth in the Dublin suburbs in the Republic of Ireland, will be led by those with expertise on conflicts and their resolution; in the second part of the conference the U.S. and European students will organize their own panels and group discussions to explore issues of concern; while the final part of the conference will be held in Derry in Northern Ireland culminating at The Playhouse for the opening weekend performance of the Theatre of Witness’ new production, “Release.” Speakers from various parts of Europe and the United States will also provide overviews of various conflicts in divided societies, and on ways to institutionalize a “peace process.”  Northern Ireland will provide the premier example of the challenges and difficulties associated with institutionalizing peace. 

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION: Dr. James Skelly, Director, The Baker Institute and The Divided Societies Conference Announcement.