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Master of Arts in Conflict Transformation


See conflict as an opportunity to propel transformation through compassionate action and creative thinking.

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The Master of Arts in Conflict Transformation program examines growing concerns surrounding issues of injustice, violence, apathy, and unrest in our lives, schools, neighborhoods, and global community. It equips students with the skills and vision to effectively navigate these volatile times and to orchestrate the dynamics of change with diverse constituencies and across a multitude of environments.

The program prepares students to serve as conflict transformers in a number of areas – including corporations, public schools, legal practices, healthcare organizations, social services, and more.

Classes meet one weekend per month (Friday from 5 to 9 pm and Saturday from 9 am to 5 pm) and for one full week in each of two summers. In addition, students complete a self-designed 90-hour mentorship with a leader of conflict transformation in a specific interest area of their choice. 

Throughout the degree program, students learn a number of practices and techniques for mediation:

  • Nonviolent Communication and peace-building 
  • Advocating for social justice, environmental sustainability, and human rights 
  • Mitigating bullying and intolerance in schools

The MA in Conflict Transformation utilizes an integrated curriculum, where course content is delivered holistically across each of the program’s various class sessions. 

Courses (36 credits):

CT 501 - HISTORY AND PHILOSOPHY OF WAR, PEACE & PEACEFULNESS - 2 CREDITS
CT 502 - THE PEACE IMPERATIVE - 2 CREDITS
CT 503 - PSYCHOLOGY AND LINGUISTICS OF PEACE & PEACEFULNESS (I.E., CONFLICT, RESOLUTION, AND TRANSFORMATION) - 4 CREDITS
CT 504 - AESTHETICS, ART, AND LITERATURE OF PEACE (I.E., THE ART OF TRANSMUTATION) - 4 CREDITS
CT 505 - PROMOTING PEACE I - LANGUAGE OF TRANSCENDENCE - 4 CREDITS
CT 506 - PROMOTING PEACE II - VENUES, RESOURCES & APPROACHES - 4 CREDITS
CT 507 - MICRO MODEL OF CONFLICT RESOLUTION: A REFLECTIVE PROJECT - 4 CREDITS
CT 508 - ACTION RESEARCH DESIGN AND CASE STUDIES - 6 CREDITS
CT 509 - THE MENTORSHIP - 2 CREDITS
CT 510 - ACTION RESEARCH AND FIELD PROJECT: COMPREHENSIVE REPORT - 4 CREDITS

 

   Full course descriptions are available in our Catalog of Programs.

The faculty for the MA in Conflict Transformation is comprised of leading educators, authors, practitioners, and theorists from across the globe. 

Core Faculty

  Lisa Worth Huber, PhD
Academic Director and Program Coordinator


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Lisa Worth Huber holds a vision of a peaceful, sustainable world. She is a peace educator and a participatory action researcher with a focus on empathy development. She teaches in universities, K-12 classrooms, homeless shelters, safe houses, and youth at risk, incorporating the arts as a means to give voice to the silenced, address injustice, foster understanding, and nurture compassion. Concerned with the growing epidemic of violence and bullying, Lisa has conducted numerous studies on the efficacy of humanitarian and social justice education as compared with existing programs on bullying; this has led her to advocate for mandated peace and conflict transformation curricula in all schools nationwide. A teaching artist for nearly two decades, Lisa blends story in its myriad forms—theatre, poetry, prose, storytelling, comic books, and graphic novels—with social justice and environmental concerns, and nurtures the development of creative activism and ecological stewardship. She is honored to be the first recipient of the Frank McCourt Prize for Excellence in Teaching. Currently, Lisa is on the Board of Directors of the National Peace Academy, and the Launch Team for the Global Sustainability Fellows program. She has served on numerous boards and committees statewide and nationally—from the Campaign to Establish a U.S. Department of Peace and Nonviolence to the Connecticut Center for Nonviolence: A Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Institute—designing, promoting, and implementing programs in nonviolence, ecological and sustainability education, literacy, and peacebuilding. Lisa is trained in a variety of mediation and dialogue techniques. Her doctorate is in Peace and Conflict Transformation Studies from Lancaster University in the U.K.  She continues to research methods for developing empathy, one of the most important skills for creating a compassionate global society.


Visiting Faculty

Victoria Christgau
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Victoria Christgau is Founder and Executive Director of the Connecticut Center for Nonviolence. A Level III certified Kingian Nonviolence Trainer and Connecticut Commission on Culture & Tourism Teaching and Performing Artist, Victoria has been a Peace/Arts Educator for over 25 years. She is Founder/Director of the Peace is Possible Chorus and the 20th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Birthday Commemoration of Litchfield County. She works closely with civil rights legend, Dr. Bernard LaFayette, Jr., former executive staff member for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and currently Honorary Board Chair of CTCN. Victoria has presented nonviolence workshops, trainings and residencies at venues throughout CT and the nation. 

Terry Mollner, EdD
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Terry Mollner is one of the pioneers of socially responsible investing as a new asset class in the professional investment community. He is a founder and member of the board of the Calvert Family of Socially Responsible Investment Funds, the largest such family of funds with over $7 billion under management. He is also the Founder and President of Trusteeship Institute, Inc., a think tank and consulting firm in economic and social development. In existence since 1973, its current focus is on the development of “common good corporations.” These are business corporations where the highest priority is the common good of humanity and nature. Terry also stepped in to keep Ben & Jerry’s Homemade, Inc. from being bought by Nestle and eventually facilitated the company being bought by Unilever, his minority partner in the earlier negotiations. He now sits on that board which has primary responsibility for the social mission and brand integrity of Ben & Jerry’s. He is the author of several books and articles and is currently working on a book entitled The Love Skill: It Determines How We Experience Everything Else. Terry holds an EdD from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Mary Lee Morrison, PhD
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Dr. Mary Lee Morrison is an educator and author with over twenty years experience in teaching, researching and writing about peace education. A former practicing clinical social worker for over 20 years, she has taught educational foundations and courses in global social work and sociology, peace and global sustainability at several universities. She is the co-author, with Ian Harris, of Peace Education 2nd edition (3rd edition now in progress) McFarland, 2003 and of Elise Boulding: A Life in the Cause of Peace (McFarland, 2005). Mary Lee is on the board and faculty of the National Peace Academy, participating actively in the annual peacebuilding and peacelearning intensives sponsored by NPA. She serves as a member of the Hartford Advisory Commission on Food Policy. Active in various Quaker organizations, she is an advocate for bicycling, walking, green city living, new economics, food justice and conversations at local farm markets. She holds a PhD from the University of Connecticut. Visit her website at paxeducare.org.

Barbara Thorngren, MEd
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Barbara Thorngren is the former Chair of the Education Department and Program Coordinator for the Peace & Social Justice Program at Nashua Community College. The NCC program includes service learning projects with people experiencing homelessness, and participatory workshops at the NH State Prison for men, where Barbara is the Volunteer Program Coordinator for the Alternatives to Violence Project workshops. As a former nurse, volunteer EMT/firefighter and current Reiki practitioner, Barbara brings an element of health awareness and healing to her work as an educator. Barbara graduated from Antioch New England Graduate School in 1993 with her MEd and has worked at the elementary, middle, high school and college levels developing and delivering a wide variety of courses. She has volunteered as the facilities coordinator for the Alternatives to Violence Project program at the NH State Prison for Men since 2001. Barbara’s work reflects shared responsibility and shared leadership, and is grounded in sustainability, community service and conflict transformation.

 

Total tuition for the MA in Conflict Transformation as of 2014 is $15,408 for the 36-credit program, at $428 per credit. A one-time, non-refundable, application fee of $60 – and a program fee of $385 – also are required. The graduation fee is $90, payable on the first of the month prior to completion of coursework.

The standard schedule calls for payment of tuition quarterly, with the first quarterly payment plus the program fee due prior to the first class. Quarterly tuition statements are sent to students on or around the first day of the month. Payment of tuition and fees may be made by check or money order (payable to The Graduate Institute), or online payments can be made using credit or debit cards through PayPal.

Students can also request a monthly payment plan by contacting the Office of the Bursar.


Student Loan Opportunities

Students may apply for Connecticut state loans through the Connecticut Higher Education Supplemental Loan Authority (CHESLA), which offers low-fixed-interest-rate loans, with no application fees. Applicants – or co-applicants, if any – must have a minimum $20,000 gross annual income, and monthly loan installment payments must amount to 40% or less of monthly gross income. Students may defer interest while in school and for a 6-month grace period (interest is capitalized annually). The CALS Graduate Institute School Code is 117777-00. Access the loan hotline at 800-935-2275 or visit www.chesla.org for more information. 

 

 
 
 
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