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Interview from the 2015 CMM Learning Exchange

by |October 15th, 2015

The 2015 Coordinated Management of Meaning (CMM) Learning Exchange, also known as the FUGIC Forum, took place in Munich, Germany, from September 17-20. Hosts of the Learning Exchange were the CMM Institute and the Institute for Global Integral Competence. This interview was conducted by AC4’s Meredith Smith and Venera Kusari. What motivated you to choose… read more

Interview with Natalie Unwin-Kuruneri, Associate Director of Education at Earth Institute

by |August 31st, 2015

Natalie Unwin-Kuruneri is the Associate Director of Education at the Earth Institute. She is an alumni of Columbia University’s Master of Public Administration program. Please tell us about your background. I did my undergraduate studies in sociology and psychology at George Washington University in D.C., and have always wanted to do something that would help people… read more

Interview with Dahlia Collado Simangan, AC4 Visiting Scholar

by |June 23rd, 2015

Dahlia Collado Simangan is an AC4 visiting scholar, coming from the Australian National University. She is a doctoral candidate studying multiple aspects of peace processes including economics, governance, memory and reconciliation. She conducted fieldwork in 3 countries with UN transitional authorities, including Kosovo and East Timor, and was recently awarded a very prestigious UN award for dissertation research. What… read more

Interview with Saad Ali Saad, AC4 Fellow, 2013 Cohort

by |June 12th, 2015

Saad Ali Saad, M.S., is a graduate of Columbia University’s Negotiation and Conflict Resolution Program. He is also an alumni of the AC4 Graduate Fellowship Program, 2013 Cohort. One project Saad currently works on is the AC4 initiative for Constructive Engagement in the Arab World, particularly on the Arabic version of the Handbook on Conflict Resolution.   What… read more

Interview with Kaggie Orrick, AC4 Fellow, 2014 Cohort

by |March 4th, 2015

Katherine (Kaggie) Orrick comes from the Department of Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Biology (E3B) at the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. She is currently pursuing a M.S. with an emphasis on conservation biology. After graduating in May, she hopes to apply the methods and skills involved in her work described below to other large… read more

Interview with Morton Deutsch, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus and Founder of the International Center for Cooperation and Conflict Resolution (MD-ICCCR)

by |January 28th, 2015

Dr. Morton Deutsch is one of the world’s premier social psychologists and a groundbreaking figure in the study of Conflict Resolution. Dr. Deutsch shared with us some perspective and details on the Global Community Forum (GCF), one of his current projects, reflections on his career and career advice. There are plenty of ways for students to be… read more

Interview with Diana Rodriguez-Gomez, AC4 Fellow, 2014 Cohort

by |December 3rd, 2014

Diana Rodriguez-Gomez comes from the Department of Comparative Education at Teachers College. She is currently pursuing an Ed.D. in International Educational Development with an emphasis on Peace Education and Human Rights. How did you get interested in the field of comparative education? I am really interested in the connections between violence and education. This interest… read more

Interview with Klaus Jacob, Columbia’s Disaster Risk and Climate Expert

by |November 18th, 2014

Klaus H. Jacob, Ph.D., is a geophysicist and a rebuilder. He has worked at Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory for over 40 years, and is a renowned earthquake, disaster and climate expert. He has a focus on disaster risk management, with most current research on rising sea levels, climate change and disaster resilient megacities. He serves… read more

Interview with Columbia’s Jessica Fanzo, Professor, Global Nutritionist and Sustainable Development Specialist

by |October 31st, 2014

Jessica Fanzo, Ph.D., is the Director of the Center on Globalization and Sustainable Development at the Earth Institute and a Professor of nutrition and sustainable development at Columbia University’s Medical Center and School of International and Public Affairs. She has formerly worked with UN Reach, Bioversity International, World Bank and on various large-scale applied research… read more

Interview with Renowned Peace-Builder, Scholar and Professor, Dirk Salomons

by |October 16th, 2014

Dirk Salomons, Ph.D., is the director at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs for both the Humanitarian Affairs Track and the International Organizations Specialization. He is a senior lecturer, currently teaching courses on complex emergencies, post-conflict recovery, UN system management and international organizations. Check out his recent scholarly work on laws and policy in humanitarian action. What motivations… read more