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Nova Southeastern University Announces Distance Doctoral Program in Dispute Resolution

The Department of Dispute Resolution at NSU is launching a new Ph.D. program in a distance format to accommodate and meet the needs of working adults in the fields of peacemaking and conflict resolution. The development of distance doctoral studies is based on our residential academic programs that attract life-long learners from all over the world who are committed to academic excellence, social responsibility, and informed, reflective practices.

The distance Ph.D. program develops an optimal combination of innovative learning models, teaching approaches, and interactive media so that working adults do not have to relocate to study for their doctorate. It offers students weeklong, limited-residential institutes, on-line seminars, and individualized systematic studies. This flexible format will allow and encourage mid-career working adults to define and shape their intellectual and practice paths in a creative, rigorous, and structured fashion.

The 82-credit-hour program includes courses of theoretical foundations, history and development of the field, research methods, practica, skill development, and substantive topic areas in the field. The program will admit its first group of distance doctoral students next summer in preparation for commencement of their Ph.D. studies in September 1999.

While the department is developing distance programs for the field, it will continue to support and enhance its residential programs (i.e., Graduate Certificate, M.S., and Ph.D. Programs) that are offered on campus.

The NSU is located in the beautiful, vigorous metropolitan area of Fort Lauderdale, and is the largest independent university in Florida. For more curriculum and admissions information about the residential and distance graduate programs, please contact:

Department of Dispute Resolution
School of Social & Systemic Studies
Nova Southeastern University (NSU), 3301 College Avenue
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33314
Phone: 954-262-3000
fax: 954-262-3968
toll free: 800-262-7978
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Applications for the 1999 Summer Peacebuilding Institute at Eastern Mennonite University are available. Last year representatives from 50 countries attended the Institute. Classes in 1999 include Introduction to Conflict Transformation, Trauma Healing and Reconciliation, Restorative Justice and Victim Offender Conferencing and many more.

The deadline for applications is January 15, 1999.

For Application contact:
Summer Peacebuilding Institute
Eastern Mennonite University
1200 Park Road
Harrisonburg, VA 22802-2462
tel: 540/432-4490
fax: 540/432-4449


Tentative Plans for the 1999 National Restorative Justice Training Institute at the University of Minnesota are available. Trainings include one-day, three-day and four-day classes, including Peacemaking and Sprituality: Touching the Soul of Restorative Justice; Restorative Justice in the 21st Century: Dangers and Opportunities; and Victims of Severe Violence Meet the Offender: A Journey toward Healing and Strength. For more information contact:

Center for Restorative Justice and Mediation
School of Social Work
University of Minnesota
386 McNeal Hall 1
985 Buford Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55108-6144


Practitioners with experience in one or more restorative justice efforts who wish to increase their capacity to train others within and beyond their own jurisdiction are invited to apply to two seminars scheduled in 1999.

The seminars, sponsored by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, National Institute of Corrections Academy and Florida Atlantic University Community Justice Institute will be held in Florida (March 3-12) and Colorado (June 23-July 2).

Registration is limited to 24 participants per seminar.

For application information contact:

Phyllis Bebko at 954/762-5330
Mike Dooley at
1/800/995-6429, ext. 132.



by Honggang Yang, Ph.D.

1999 Summer Peacebuilding Institute at Eastern Mennonite University

National Restorative Justice Training Institute 1999

Training for Restorative Justice Trainers

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