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2016 Conference Keynote Speaker: Peggy McIntosh

peggy-mcintoshPeggy McIntosh, former associate director of the Wellesley Centers for Women, and the founder and now senior associate of the National SEED Project, will be the keynote speaker at our 2016 conference on transforming race conflicts. Dr. McIntosh is the author of the seminal 1989 article “White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack.” Dr. McIntosh directs the Gender, Race, and Inclusive Education Project, which provides workshops on privilege systems, feelings of fraudulence, and diversifying workplaces, curricula, and teaching methods. She is co-founder of the Rocky Mountain Women’s Institute, and has been consulting editor to Sage: A Scholarly Journal on Black Women. In 1993-1994, she consulted with women on 22 Asian campuses on the development of Women’s Studies and programs to bring materials from Women’s Studies into the main curriculum. Please click here for a more detailed biography of Dr. McIntosh.

Her keynote address “White People Learning To Use Our White Privilege To Weaken the System that Gave It to Us” will be delivered at 6:15 pm on Thursday, November 3rd. Registration for the Race Conference will begin on Monday, October 17th. Please check back soon for a link to the registration page.

Sensitivity Trainings for Racial Equity

CCS will host two sensitivity training sessions facilitated by Ms. Ericka Huggins, a human rights activist, poet, educator, former Black Panther member and political prisoner. During these FREE sessions Ericka will help us explore the intersections of identity, power and privilege on our campus and will guide us to be better allies for racial equity. For more information about Allies at MIIS, the training sessions and to register for the training visit this page. ericka2

Please note that the training is open only to MIIS students, staff and faculty. The student session will be October 27 from 4.00pm to 8.00pm. The staff and faculty session will be October 28 from 9.00am to 1.00pm.

Call for Proposals: Transforming Race Conflicts Conference 2016

sesa-wo-subanCCS is very proud to announce our fifth Annual Conference: “Breaking Through Shades of Color: Transforming Race Relations and Conflict.” This year’s annual conference also marks five years since we began operations.

Globally, racial tensions continue to be on the rise. After our very successful conference last year examining aspects of power and privilege in race conflicts, we felt our job was unfinished. So we focus again on the many aspects of racial discrimination, but this year, we want to explore various approaches to resolving race conflicts. Any effort toward building racial equity must involve self-reflection, personal capacity building to stand up against racism, and strategy development to initiate and support all efforts to end racial discrimination. As such, our goal at this year’s conference is to learn from one another on how we might symbolically break through the many colors of race to create a more humane and equitable society.

We therefore invite proposals that highlight innovative and creative approaches to resolving race conflicts. We do continue to stress on the importance of tying theory to practice so all presentations must be empirically tested or researched. Please visit this page for a more detailed call for proposals.



CCS invites you to submit articles for the annual Reflections magazine.

The theme of this year’s magazine is race and conflict. CCS seeks to discuss race as more than color, but rather as the power, privilege, identities, and discrimination tied to shades of color and the role that this plays in conflicts around the world. In recognizing that the resolution of race-based conflicts requires a long-term strategic approach, we seek to understand the potential that we have in transforming race conflicts to better relationships and communications between human beings, improve equality and provide for social justice in every society.

Under this broader theme, the magazine will include the following sections:

Art (poems and other artwork also welcome)
Field Musings (Stories from the field)
Film and Book Reviews

If you are interested in writing, please consult CCS Director Pushpa Iyer with your proposed topic prior to submitting an article.

Essays must be based on empirical research. Submissions should be between 1000 – 1500 words, and include at least two pictures. The Center for Conflict Studies reserves the right to edit all submissions.

Please direct questions to Dr. Pushpa Iyer at Submissions are due by Feb. 15, 2016

Apply to the 2016 Summer Peacebuilding Program!

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CCS is excited to announce our second Summer Peacebuilding Program (SPP), a three-week long intensive training program designed to bridge the theory and practice of building peace in societies that are emerging from conflict, violence or war.

SPP provides an opportunity for participants to learn from the experiences and approaches of scholars and practitioners who work on some of the most difficult challenges our world faces today, including: resolving conflict, ending all forms ofviolence, providing social justice, and creating more secure and developed societies by transforming the conditions and relationships of conflict. SPP therefore welcomes all those interested in exploring the above-mentioned topics through a process of self-reflection, gathering of theoretical and conceptual data and its application to real world problems. Students and practitioners in the field of conflict, peace, development and security studies are eligible to apply.

For more information and to apply visit this page.

Peace Review – Special Issue on Race


Call for Submissions – Breaking Down the Shades of Color

Under the guest editorship of Pushpa Iyer, associate professor at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies and director of the Center for Conflict Studies, a part of Peace Review: A Journal of Social Justice issue 28(4) will focus on exploring and understanding conflicts centered around race and on approaches that challenge race conflicts.

For this issue, essays are welcomed on a broad range of topics including but not limited to the combination of race and: ethnicity, and religion, and immigration, and class, and gender/sexuality, and culture, and arts, and language, and media, and the criminal justice system (law, law enforcement, prisons), and slavery, and democracy, and politics.

Both academics and practitioners are encouraged to submit essays that appeal to a wide readership. All submissions should be between 2,500-3,500 words together with a 1-2 line bio.  Please refer to submission guidelines for more details.  Submissions are due by July 15, 2016.

Please direct content-based questions or concerns to Guest Editor Pushpa Iyer (

For more information, visit Peace Review’s Call for Submissions page.

2015 Race Conference – Registration is now open!


CCS is pleased to announce that registration is now open for the 2015 Conference: Breaking Down Shades of Color: Power, Privilege and Potential in Race Conflicts. The conference will take place November 5-7, 2015 at the Monterey Marriott and MIIS Campus (Samson Reading Room). Registration for the Keynote Address and Reception for students is $20, and $25 for the general public. The first 30 students to register can attend at a discounted rate. The event will be held at 5:30pm on Thursday, November 5th at the Monterey Marriott.

Click here to register now!

Admission includes Ericka Huggins’ keynote address and hors d’oeuvres at the Reception. The panel discussions on Friday and Saturday are free and open to the public, but registration is required. The conference schedule can be viewed here.

If you are unable to attend, but would like to make a donation to support CCS and the race conference, you can do so here (scroll to the bottom of the tickets list).

Book Club Discussion

A Small PlaceOn Tuesday, October 20, CCS together with the Willam Tell Coleman Library at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies, will host a discussion on Race and Colonisation through a  discussion of the book ‘A Small Place.’ The event will take place at 6:00 pm on Tuesday, October 20 in the DLC Design Space (420 Calle Principal) and is open to public.

Registration to the event is encouraged.

Ericka Huggins – 2015 Race Conference Keynote Speaker

Ericka HugginsCCS is proud to announce that Ericka Huggins will be the keynote speaker at this year’s Race Conference.

Ericka Huggins is a human rights activist, poet, and educator, as well as a former political prisoner and leader in the Black Panther Party. Upon release from prison in 1972, Ericka became writer and editor for the Black Panther Intercommunal News Service. Ericka was the Director of the Oakland Community School, and created the vision for an innovative curriculum that later became the model for the charter school movement. In 1976, Ericka was both the first woman and first Black person to be appointed to the Alameda County Board of Education. Over the past fifty years she has worked on a variety of issues including education reform, HIV/AIDS, and incarcerated youth. Ericka has lectured on human rights, restorative justice, and the role of spiritual practice in sustaining activism and promoting social change. To see a detailed biography of Ericka, click here.

Her keynote address is titled “Becoming an Ally: An Antidote to the Disease of Racism.” Her address will be delivered at 5:30 pm on Thursday, November 5th. Registration for the Race Conference will begin on Sunday, October 11th. Please check back soon for a link to the registration page.


CCS Director to discuss “The Hunting Ground” at MIIS

Hunting Ground

The Monterey County Rape Crisis Center (MCRCC) and the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey (MIIS) are partnering to bring the critically acclaimed film “The Hunting Ground” to the Institute’s Irvine Auditorium at 499 Pierce Street, on Thursday, September 24, 2015 at 6:30 p.m.

In the New York Times review of the film, Ann Hornaday stated “’The Hunting Ground’ makes clear that its message isn’t just intellectual, legal and political, but deeply emotional. In a series of harrowing interviews, young women — and a few young men — recount in sickening detail how they were attacked, raped, threatened and discounted on the very campuses that should have been safe harbors for their learning and personal growth.”

The film screening will be followed by a panel discussion in which local experts will illuminate the reality of sexual violence in Monterey County and throughout the world. Panelists include MCRCC’s Executive Director Clare Mounteer, Monterey County Assistant District Attorney Jeannine Pacioni, CSUMB Associate Vice President for Student Affairs Christine Erickson, and Institute Associate Professor and Director of the Center for Conflict Studies Dr. Pushpa Iyer.

Please register online by clicking here to ensure admittance to the film screening, panel discussion, and reception.