The 2017 Summer Peacebuilding Institute is now over.
The information on this website is from SPI 2017. Course offerings and costs at SPI 2018 may vary from this. For complete information on SPI 2018 please visit our website in late-October. Thank you.
SPI 2017 Course Offerings
Session I – May 8 – 16, 2017
Session II – May 18 – 26, 2017
Session III – May 29 – June 2, 2017
Session IV – June 5 – 9, 2017
Session V – June 12 – 16, 2017
Only one course may be taken per session. All courses can be taken for training and skills enhancement or academic credit. Session 1 and 2 courses may be taken for three academic credits. Session 3, 4, and 5 courses may be taken for two academic credits. Most are also available for a third hybridized credit. Courses with PAX/PTI can be taken for academic credit or training. Courses with PTI can only be taken for training. Contact SPI for more information.
If you have questions about a particular course that are not answered in the information below, please feel free to contact the SPI office at .
SESSION I: May 8 – 16, 2017
Explore the nature, dynamics, and complex causes of conflict and violence. Discuss how relationships, motivations, culture, and worldviews increase or decrease violent conflict. Learn ways to understand and change multifaceted systems that perpetuate conflict.
Identify sources of conflict and resources for peacebuilding within and between religions. Analyze and enhance your faith identity as a peacebuilder. Develop capacity and skills in building structures of faith-based peacebuilding.
Elaine Zook Barge and Vernon Jantzi
Expand knowledge of the STAR frameworks and models. Learn to lead STAR activities, adapt STAR concepts to your context and audience and leave with a plan for doing STAR-based presentations. This is an advanced course. Participants must have applied STAR concepts personally or professionally since completion of STAR Level 1 training (normally for a period of about 3-6 months).
SESSION II: May 18 – 26, 2017
Explore various competencies needed by those who feel compelled to work for peace and social justice. Strengthen your abilities to listen and communicate, create and maintain healthy boundaries, recognize and promote diversity, lead from your vision and values, and engage people in dialogue and decision-making.
Learn to formulate and test theories of change to monitor and evaluate conflict interventions, justice promoting initiatives, and peacebuilding programs. Experiment with techniques to improve continuous learning in practice.
Understand how the various forms of globalization contribute to economic, political, cultural, religious, ecological, and military conflicts. Discuss roles for individuals and communities in transforming globalization into a force for durable global peace.
Choose your next wise action to transform oppression into opportunity. Learn how to effectively engage in the political and social world when you are pulled in many directions. Analyze the dynamics that drive complex change in human systems and find practical ways to respond to forces that oppress.
SESSION III: May 29 – June 2, 2017
Compare different forms of violent extremism in the US, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and Africa. What motivates white Christians, Muslims, Jewish or Buddhist extremists? What are peacebuilding responses to violent extremism in Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Europe and North America?
Carl Stauffer and Jodie Geddes
Uncover and expand the application of restorative justice frameworks and practices to community building and community organizing. Learn to integrate restorative justice into social movements.
Explore ways to coach, support, challenge, and encourage key leaders faced with difficult and protracted conflict situations requiring them to promote or support system change in collaborative and constructive ways in support of their interests, needs, and goals.
Section C Elaine Zook Barge and Ram Bhagat
Section X Vernon Jantzi and Elizabeth Snyder
Explore processes and tools for addressing trauma, breaking cycles of violence, and building resilience. Increase awareness of the impact of trauma on the body, mind, beliefs, and behavior of individuals, communities, and societies. Discuss meta-level trauma awareness as well as personal/societal situations that have caused trauma and how to move forward.
Roxy Allen Kioko
Build technical skills, adopt leadership and self-management practices, and focus on social-change sector-specific competencies. Improve your capacity to balance the art and science of managing inter-related projects and programs by building technical skills, adopting practices of leadership and self-management, and focusing on social-change sector-specific competencies.
SESSION IV: June 5 – 9, 2017
Understand the positive and negative roles and transformative power of identity and dignity within complex conflicts, violence, and trauma.
Learn to organize across divides to create a vision of a shared future and identify opportunities for shared action. Frame invitations that bring people together. Practice storytelling and listening skills.
This course is being offered for training only.
Learn social media techniques of video, photography and audio construction, interviewing and message framing to build connections and enhance the impact in your community and world. Using equipment as simple as a smartphone, practice creating visual/sound experiences that form the basis for community engagement and interaction.
Carl Stauffer and Nicholas Rowe
Explore linkages between truth, justice, and healing at personal and collective levels in the wake of violence. Discuss informal and formal approaches to truth-telling, restorative justice and reconciliation from around the world. Consider future applications of truth-telling amidst ongoing police violence against communities of color in the US.
SESSION V: June 12 – 16, 2017
Gain skills to lead a process that brings together victims, offenders, family, community members, and others to have difficult conversations and respond to acts of violence or crime. Explore the foundational values and key structural elements of the circle process and learn to design and conduct circles.
Discuss the education that is needed for the elimination of direct and indirect forms of violence. Explore strategies to reduce violence such as bullying, implicit bias, ethnocentrism, physical fights, or institutional discrimination in schools, the workplace, and the community.
Design and harness the power of dialogue to turn tense situations into opportunities for collaboration. Learn to listen and hear people from all sides of an issue and work together to transform seemingly intractable conflicts into scaffolds of community building.
Katie Mansfield and Katia Ornelas
Taking the body-mind connection seriously, peacebuilders, caregivers and change makers need full-bodied, creative engagement in activities for self-care and well-being. Explore strategies, tools, and exercises for individual participants and communities/organizations to cultivate safety, healthy uses of power, and a deeper sense of connection. Discuss cultural contexts, taboos, stereotypes, and biases that keep us from integrating creative, embodied practice into work for social change and peace.