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Women and Insecurity in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

When: Monday, October 15, 2012, 3:30 pm
Where: Brandeis University - Abraham Shapiro Academic Complex (ASAC) Atrium • Waltham
welcome the sixth Distinguished Visiting Practitioner

Michel Noureddine Kassa 
Country Team Leader for the Initiative for a Cohesive Leadership in the Democratic Republic of Congo 

"National Cohesion in Insecure States:
Experiences from Africa"

 
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Distinguished Visiting Practitioner Residency
October 15-19, 2012

Mistrust, rivalries, and manipulation of the legacies of the past are among the hurdles societies face after conflict on the way to national cohesion and peace. How can we pursue sustainable and ecologically responsible development in a globalized and exposed puzzle of nations, networks and interests?
 
Michel Noureddine Kassa will be in residence at Brandeis from October 15 – 19 as the sixth Distinguished Visiting Practitioner of the International Center for Ethics, Justice and Public Life, hosted by Alain Lempereur, Director of the Master’s Program in Coexistence and Conflict, Heller School).  Read a short bio of Michel Noureddine Kassa, in English and in French. [PDF]
 
Schedule of Public Events 

Monday, October 15
Women and Insecurity in the Democratic Republic of Congo
6:30 pm in Abraham Shapiro Academic Complex (ASAC) Atrium, across from the Heller School
Kassa kicks off the residency with a discussion of women's inequality in the Eastern Congo. Sponsored by the Heller Gender Working Group and the Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance.

Tuesday, October 16

New Generations Waging Peace
11:00 am - 12:20 pm in Shiffman 219
New generations of post-independence elites play a crucial role in peacemaking in Africa and the Middle East.

A Look at Development in the Democratic Republic of Congo
12:30 - 1:50 pm in Heller-Brown Bldg. 218
Sustainable development faces tremendous challenges in polarized societies, where urban elites are pitted against those working to improve the Human Development Index (HDI) across the society.

Theories of Development and Underdevelopment
6:30 pm in the Mandel Center for the Humanities G10
Sustainable development and the challenge of polarized societies.

Wednesday, October 17
Film Screening: Katanga Business
12:30 - 2:00 pm in Heller Glynn Amphitheatre (G4)
A political and economic thriller about globalization in one of the world's richest regions in mining resources -- but precious little of the profit trickles down to the ordinary folk who live and work there. Pizza will be served.

New Models and Old Constraints for Responsible Partnerships
2:00 - 4:00 pm  in Abraham Shapiro Academic Complex (ASAC) 204
A panel addressing the challenges of responsible business, especially for foreign companies working in Africa's mining industry. Michel Noureddine Kassa joins Prof. Joseph Assan (MA SID), Aaron Chassy (Catholic Relief Services), Germain Indjassa (MA COEX), Prof. Catherine Mann (IBS), and Josep Maria (ESADE University, Spain). See "related readings" below to download articles about Africa's extractive industry.

Thursday, October 18

Ethics and Negotiation
9:00 - 11:50 am in Heller G2
 Being a peace professional in volatile contexts requires ethical guidelines for ongoing negotiation.

Career Path of a Peacebuilder

12:00 - 1:30 pm Abraham Shapiro Academic Complex (ASAC) Atrium
Heading for a career in coexistence or peacebuilding? Are you an activist committed to making a difference? Kassa shares stories about the choices he made, the people who influenced him, and his day-to-day life as a peacebuilder. Dessert and drinks provided. Cosponsored by the the Hiatt Career Center and the Heller Career Development Center.

Office Hours with Michel Noureddine Kassa

1:30 - 3:30 pm in Abraham Shapiro Academic Complex (ASAC) 302
Here's your chance to ask focused questions one-on-one. Don't miss this opportunity to speak with a seasoned peacebuilder in a casual, individual setting. First come, first served.

Keynote Address: National Cohesion in Insecure States: Experiences from Africa
 
5:00 - 6:30 pm in Rapaporte Treasure Hall, Goldfarb Library
Mistrust, rivalries, and manipulation of past legacies...How can we pursue sustainable and ecologically responsible development in a globalized and exposed puzzle of nations, networks, and interests?Updates and RSVP (optional) on Facebook.  Download poster for this event here.

Friday, October 19
Conflict Analysis and Intervention

11:00 am - 12:20 pm in Olin-Sang 116
Negotiation and mediation have the power to avoid court interventions and decisions; they might also avoid the resort to force and violence in the international arena or in regional conflicts. In the Democratic Republic of Congo, there are many examples of what negotiation and mediation accomplished: opening the Congo River back to navigation, letting national exams cross enemy lines, reducing the risks of revenge after elections, and permitting changes in top positions.

The French Influence in Africa: Keeping the Good, Amending the Bad

12:30 - 1:50 pm in Shiffman 202
How can Africa preserve the best of the French spirit, while cleaning up the refuse of paternalism and dubious postcolonial brotherhoods? Discussion will be in French.

 

-"Digging in corruption: Fraud, abuse and exploitation in Katanga's copper and cobalt mines," a report by Global Witness. 

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