MCC-Maple Woods to host USIP event

MCC-Maple Woods has received $2,000 in funding support from the Public Education for Peacebuilding Support initiative of the United States Institute of Peace (USIP).  The support will enable MCC-Maple Woods to host a conference on Friday, April 26, 2013 around issues of post-conflict resolution in Rwanda following the 1994 genocide. The conference will be held from 8:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. in the Campus Center Arbor Room. This event is free and open to the public.

“USIP is pleased to support organizations like MCC-Maple Woods and their contribution to the national conversation around international conflict – and methods for resolving those conflicts nonviolently,” commented USIP President Jim Marshall.

The United States Institute of Peace is the independent, nonpartisan conflict management center created by Congress to prevent and mitigate international conflict without resorting to violence. USIP works to save lives, increase the government’s ability to deal with conflicts before they escalate, reduce government costs, and enhance national security. USIP is headquartered in Washington, DC with offices in Baghdad, Iraq, and Kabul, Afghanistan.

This free conference is open to the public and intended to raise awareness about issues of post conflict resolution and reconciliation. Through panel discussions, presentations, and a film screening whose director will lead a discussion following the film, “Rising from the Ashes,” participants will learn about one country’s ongoing effort to come to terms with the past.