Dr. Tom Preston, professor of communication, media studies, and journalism at the University of North Georgia, recently received a Peacebuilding Education Award to support a series of discussions and lectures planned for summer 2013 with the topic of “Public Education for Peacebuilding Support.”
The application process for these awards is very competitive—only 76 colleges, universities, and public libraries in 32 states were selected for the award. Recipients are selected based upon criteria such as need, impact, and relevance.
According to the United States Institute of Peace (USIP), these events “advance and promote the understanding of peacebuilding and international conflict resolution, as part of the new Public Education for Peacebuilding Support initiative.”
USIP states that events receiving the USIP Public Education for Peacebuilding Support address a wide range of themes, such as gender, media, science and technology, sustainable economics, nonviolent conflict resolution, international and regional organizations, post-conflict transitions, and negotiation and mediation. Events will also cover country and region specific topics.