Wednesday, November 9, 2011

United State Institute of Peace Visits UNCG

David Smith, educational outreach officer with the U.S. Institute of Peace (USIP), will speak at UNCG Tuesday, Nov. 15.

Smith’s visit is sponsored by the Conflict and Peace Studies Program at UNCG. His talk, which runs from 6-9 p.m. in Room 120, School of Education building, is free and open to the public. He will focus on cutting-edge efforts for conflict management and peacebuilding that USIP supports.

While at UNCG, he will speak to both graduates and undergraduates. He will also speak to students at Northwest Guilford High School on Wednesday, Nov. 16.Smith considers peacebuilding and conflict resolution skills essential. “I would call them basic life skills,” he says. "Conflict situations – on the personal and professional levels – are ubiquitous in society. We all need better ways of working with each – from the playground to the battleground. Youth need to know better ways that are peaceful and collaborative, and military in field need to know about nonviolent ways of resolving differences."

Smith will speak to UNCG undergrads about USIP’s work in promoting peacebuilding, conflict management and security, as well as careers in the field. He will talk to the Northwest Guilford students about their roles as the global peacebuilders of the future.

Smith coordinates USIP’s educational outreach and public programming efforts. He works with educational and professional associations, academic institutions, and public groups to promote USIP objectives. He speaks frequently to community, faculty and student groups on a variety of issues including civil society and peacebuilding, child soldiers, conflict resolution education and international education.

USIP was established in 1984 and started operating in 1986. Visit for more details. For more information on the Conflict and Peace Studies Program, which offers the master’s degree and the post-baccalaureate certificate, visit

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

New Edition of "The Peacemaker"

The October 2011 edition of "The Peacemaker" the official publication of the Dispute Resolution Section of the North Carolina Bar Association is now available. This edition marks the first under for Dr. Sherrill Hayes, Assistant Professor in Conflict & Peace Studies at UNCG, as co-editor of the publication. Dr. Hayes also has an article published in this issue "Family dispute resolution in North Carolina: Considerations for practitioners and policymakers".

Monday, July 25, 2011

Conflict & Peace Studies on WFMY News 2

Faculty, students, alumni, and volunteers involved with the Greensboro Landlord Tenant Dispute Program, a joint project of UNCG's Program in Conflict & Peace Studies and Greensboro's Human Relations Department, spent 2 hours on Monday morning answering questions about landlord and tenant issues for a WFMY News 2 phone bank. In addition to answering numerous phone calls about a range of issues, Dr. Cathie Witty and Dr. Sherrill Hayes were  both interviewed about the program, issues callers were facing, and conflict resolution basics.