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Student Peace Conference and Peace Awards
Featuring Peace Activism and Human Rights Panel Discussion
Friday, January 24, 2014, 03:00pm - 08:00pm
Mershon Center for International Security Studies
1501 Neil Ave. Columbus, OH 43201

Julie Putnam Hart

Tom Carlisi

Patrick Coy

Jeff Brown

View the Student Rotaract Club Peace through Service packet

View the "Speak Peace in a World of Conflict" workshop packet

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The Student Peace Awards were initiated in 2013 by the Peace Studies Society student organization at The Ohio State University as a means of recognizing significant contributions by students to peace and justice. The 2014 Student Peace Awards will be part of a half-day long celebratory conference that will include workshops on compassionate communication, peace through service, and a panel discussion on bridging the gap between theory and practice in the nonviolent defense of human rights. The conference will be free and open to all. Since space is limited, early registration is strongly advised. The conference will take place from 3 to 8 p.m. on January 24, 2014, at the Mershon Center for International Security Studies, 1501 Neil Ave.


3 p.m. Welcome and Introduction

3:15 p.m. Speak Peace in a World of Conflict workshop

    presented by Tom Carlisi and Jeff Brown

4:15 p.m. Peace Through Service in Rotary

    presented by the Rotaract Club of OSU

5:15 p.m. Social Hour

6:15 p.m. Human Rights Panel and Discussion

    featuring Julie Hart

7:30 p.m. Student Peace Award

    presented by the Peace Studies Society

7:45 p.m. Next Steps and Conclusions

Conference Participants

Julie Putnam Hart is an associate professor of sociology and peace and justice at Ohio Dominican University.  She received her masters in international peace studies in 1992 and Ph.D. in sociology in 1995, both from University of Notre Dame.  Hart was associate professor of sociology and peace studies at Bethel College in Kansas from 1994 to 2006. Her research has focused on dynamics of social change in political and educational organizations. Currently, her research examines dynamics of significant identity change among anti-war U.S. veterans.  Hart has volunteered with Christian Peacemaker Teams each summer since 1997 doing human rights work in Israel/Palestine and currently Colombia. She has lived and worked in Guatemala doing peace and justice education with the Mennonite Church.  Hart enjoys gardening, reading, walking and biking.

Tom Carlisi is the founder of Carlisi & Associates Co., L.L.C. He specializes in coaching and training topics, including 1) relationship issues in personal life and/or workforce settings, 2) personal growth to maximize one's quality of life, 3) conflict resolution, 4) substance dependency issues, 5) developing highly effective teams in the workplace.  He is also a trainer for the Center for Compassionate Communication, a nonprofit organization, featuring the nonviolent communication model of Marshall Rosenberg.  Carlisi has a master's in education, special services, from The Ohio State University. He has over 35 years experience in coaching/counsel/training services with individuals, relationship groups, and workplace organizations. He is also a graduate of the Family Therapy Institute of Cincinnati. Additionally, Carlisi is an alumnus of the Leadership Ohio program. His volunteer work includes peace initiatives and multiple projects with Columbus Rotary and the Center for Compassionate Communication, where he is a founding member and current advisory board member.

Patrick Coy is professor and director at the Center for Applied Conflict Management at Kent State University. He coordinates one of the county's largest undergraduate degree programs in peace and conflict studies, enrolling well over 1,000 students in its classes each academic year. The Kent State degree is an applied program, focused on teaching the skills of conflict management. Coy is co-author of Contesting Patriotism: Culture, Power and Strategy in the Peace Movement. He has published over 30 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters focusing on various aspects of social movements, mediation, and nonviolent action.

Coy received the "Outstanding Published Article Award of 2008" from the American Sociological Association’s section on peace, war and social conflict for his co-authored article examining the uses of the "support the troops" discourses in the United States during wars from the Vietnam War to the Iraq War. Formerly the national chairperson of the Fellowship of Reconciliation, Coy has also served as a research fellow of the Albert Einstein Institution, and the executive director of the Lentz Peace Research Laboratory. In 2010-11, he was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Botswana, working on indigenous minority rights issues with the Research Centre for San Studies.  

Jeff Brown is executive director of the Columbus-based Center for Compassionate Communication, a peace-making organization that shares the practices of compassionate-nonviolent communication. Since 2005, Jeff has been a certified trainer with the international Center for Nonviolent Communication, leading trainings in 24 U.S. states and six countries including Japan, South Korea, the Netherlands, Germany and the United Kingdom. Jeff holds a master's degree in psychology and is trained in the restorative justice practices of community mediation, victim-offender reconciliation and restorative circles.

Sponsored by the Peace Studies Society and the Mershon Center for International Security Studies, with the Ohio Council of Churches, Center for Compassionate Communication, Columbus Rotary, and the Rotaract Club of OSU


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Off-campus visitors may use one of a few meters in the small lot off Pennsylvania Avenue behind the Mershon Center, or more reliable paid parking can be found in the Safe Auto Hospitals Garage near the Ohio State Wexner Medical Center at 185 Westpark Street.


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