Dr. Randall Amster speaking on “Locating Peace in a Time of Environmental Destabilization”

    March 10, 2015 @ 5:00 pm – 6:45 pm
    UA Harvill 404
    The University of Arizona
    1103 East 2nd Street, Tucson, AZ 85719

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    Recent years have brought a rising awareness of mounting environmental challenges, from more frequent and severe storms to pervasive patterns of conflict over diminishing resources. Likewise, scholars and activists increasingly have been connecting major issues such as climate change and militarism, exploring the ways in which patterns of conflict and degradation are interlinked. These insights are necessary yet perhaps insufficient in the search for viable alternatives. Working on the constructive potentials in our midst, recent interventions under the ambit of “peace ecology” and “environmental peacebuilding” (among other headings) have come to the fore, generating new perspectives on how the conflict-degradation cycle can be turned in the direction of cooperation sustainability instead, at levels of analysis from the intensely local up to the international. This cutting-edge framework explores the rise of emergent geographies including peace parks, transborder conservation zones, post-disaster communities, and bioregional systems of resource provision in striving to move from the political economy of destabilization to a paradigm of sustainable peace.

    Randall Amster, J.D., Ph.D., is Director of the Program on Justice and Peace at Georgetown University, and is Executive Director of the Peace and Justice Studies Association. He is the author of numerous books on peace studies and anarchism.


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    Carolyn Classen
    Carolyn Sugiyama Classen, a life long Democrat, was born & raised in the State of Hawaii, was a Legislative Aide for U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye on Capitol Hill, and practiced law for a while. In Tucson she worked as a tribal staff attorney for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and later was the Interim Executive Director of the now defunct Domestic Violence Commission. In 2008 she became a “My Tucson” guest columnist for the Tucson Citizen newspaper, then continued blogging for Tucsoncitizen.com for over four and a half years. Her blogsite was entitled “Carolyn’s Community” about community events and some political news, until Gannett Publishing shut down the site on January 31, 2014. She started with Blog for Arizona on Feb. 11, 2014. Part time she has been sitting as a Hearing Officer in Pima County Consolidated Justice Courts Small Claims Division since April, 2005. She is married to University of Arizona Distinguished Professor Albrecht Classen, a native of Germany. They have one son, who lives in Seattle, WA with his wife and daughter. She is also the Editor of the Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition website, www.southernazjapan.org (since Jan. 2013).

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