In an effort to give an academic grounding to my move to take my films to a public setting for dialogue and reconciliation, I am off to grad school for a seminar class this summer and a full time quest in the fall for my Masters in Conflict Transformation at Eastern Mennonite University. This is an emerging field of study - keying off of the justice and peacebuilding that went on in South Africa after apartheid.
Here is a blurb about the Masters Program:
The mission of the Master of Arts in Conflict Transformation is to promote reflective practice by providing value-based, applied education in conflict transformation, restorative justice, trauma healing, mediation and related applied fields.
The Center for Justice and Peacebuilding (CJP), formerly the Conflict Transformation Program (CTP), was founded to further the personal and professional development of individuals as peacebuilders and to strengthen the peacebuilding capacities of the institutions they serve. The program is committed to supporting conflict transformation and peacebuilding efforts at all levels of society in situation of complex, protracted, violent, or potentially violent, social conflict in the United States and abroad.