The Caux Scholars Program (CSP) in Conflict Transformation is a month-long course held in Caux, Switzerland at the international conference center for Initiatives of Change. The program brings together students from around the world to learn about the moral and spiritual dimension of peacemaking and about the relationship between individual transformation and change in the world.
CSP combines academics, networking, and practical experience. Scholars interact with hundreds of international participants and leaders, who have real-life experience in conflict regions of the world, at the conference center. During the last week of the program, students will participate in a conference and can put their learning into practice by offering a workshop, making a presentation, or assisting with an international group visiting Caux. Along with others at Mountain House, the conference center where the course is held, students can contribute by doing practical work such as gardening, cooking, or administrative tasks. This is illustrative of the spirit of Caux, where value is placed on working and learning together with people from other nationalities, religions and generations.
CSP offers students an opportunity to explore the role individuals can play in bringing healing and in building a future where peace, justice and individual freedom flourish. Students learn about the various factors which contribute to and sustain conflict between individuals, within communities and nations, and between nations. They study the way our worldviews affect the way we perceive and approach issues of contention and different models of conflict intervention. Developed by academics and practitioners in the field of conflict transformation, the course consists of case studies, simulations, interactive learning, and lectures. The international faculty is headed by Dr. Barry Hart of the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding, Eastern Mennonite University.
Â¨ Third- or fourth-year University or Graduate students, or recent graduates
Â¨ High academic achievement (transcripts required)
Â¨ Public or community service
Â¨ Demonstrated leadership ability
Â¨ Interest in the ethical dimensions of world affairs
Â¨ Openness to a multi-cultural learning experience
Â¨ Foreign language knowledge is a plus
The cost for the course is $2800, which includes tuition, meals, and housing. Course dates for this summer are July 12-August 12, 2007. The deadline for applications is March 2, 2007 and admission is done on a rolling basis. For more information or an application, please contact:
Kathy Aquilina, Caux Scholars Program
1156 15th Street NW, Suite 910
Washington D.C. 20005-1704