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Call for Proposals on Communication and Place, Identity and Change

The American Communication Association (ACA) is inviting proposals for its 2007 Annual Conference held October 4-6, 2007 on the Southern Methodist University’s (SMU) Taos, New Mexico campus.The theme of this year’s conference is “Frontiers of Communication: Determining Place, Establishing Identity, and Shaping Change”. Descriptions of the themes are posted below. The American Communication Association is open to all participants. Please submit papers and panels to Rita Kirk (rkirk@smu.edu). All submissions should be submitted electronically. You will receive notification that the submission has been received, and again later when the panels and schedules are posted. Student submissions are welcome. The deadline for submitting papers and panels is May 31, 2007. Acceptance notices will be sent early in July. The convention will cost $150 USD for professionals and full-time professors and $75 for students. For more information visit the ACA website: www.americancomm.org. (more…)

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Cleveland Foundation Invites Applications for Executive Fellowship Program

The Cleveland Executive Fellowship, a Coro program funded by the Cleveland Foundation (www.clevelandfoundation.org), is accepting applications for 2007-08 class. The fellowship immerses participants in the public, private, education, and nonprofit sectors during a year-long study of the people and institutions guiding Cleveland’s civic agenda. It employs training methods pioneered by Coro (www.coro.org), a national organization that prepares individuals for effective and ethical leadership in the public arena.

Qualified candidates have a minimum of five years’ professional experience and an advanced degree. Upon completion of the program, fellows must fulfill a two-year residency commitment to Greater Cleveland. Fellows must commit to the program full time. Each receives an annual stipend of $40,000. Invitations for up to eight fellows will be extended in June. The program begins in early September. Program guidelines and forms are available online at the Cleveland Foundation Web site. Applications are due by March 19, 2007.

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This Week: SFCG and David Broza Meet to Discuss Middle East Peace

This week Search For Common Ground (www.sfcg.org), the largest nongovernmental organization working in conflict transformation, is sponsoring an event with David Broza, one of Israel’s top recording artists. On Thursday March 22 they are organizing a breakfast meeting to discuss their roles in the search for peace in the Middle East. The breakfast meeting will be held from 830-10 am at Marble Collegiate Church, One West 29th Street, New York City. Registration is $35; to register for the breakfast, contact Susan Dillon at sdillon@sfcg.org or 202-777-2231.

David Broza will also appear at Joe’s Pub on March 21 at 7:00 PM and 9:30 PM. Staff from SFCG will be at the 7:00 show. If you would like to join the SFCG group, ask to be added to our seating area when you call Joe’s Pub to buy your ticket and make your dinner reservation (212-539-8778).

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I/S Opportunities for Publication in 2006-2007

If you are working on high tech D & D or a related policy area, you may be interested in contributing an article to I/S: A Journal of Law and Policy for the Information Society. They may be able to include 1-2 additional research articles in their 2006-07 volume. I/S is an interdisciplinary journal of research and commentary concentrating on the intersection of law, policy, and information and communications technology, and would welcome manuscripts in such diverse areas as cybersecurity policy, telecommunications policy, e-commerce, ICT and development, e-democracy, e-government, and cyberprivacy. Because our primary audience is policy-oriented, each manuscript should make clear to the reader why it is potentially significant to the making of public policy. Manuscripts should also avoid computational presentations that are largely inaccessible to audiences outside the sciences. Full information for prospective authors appears at www.is-journal.org/prospective_authors.php.

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Connecticut Health Foundation Accepting Applications for Health Leadership Fellows Program

The Connecticut Health Foundation (www.cthealth.org) is accepting applications for the 2008 Health Leadership Fellows Program, a one-year (September 2007 to June 2008) knowledge-and-skill-building program designed to create leaders, especially from historically underrepresented racial and ethnic communities, who will pursue careers in public policy, public health practice, community advocacy, academia, or any other related field. The third class of fellows is expected to include up to twenty Connecticut residents who represent various professional and educational backgrounds, including social workers, physicians, advocates, community leaders, researchers, administrators, educators, and epidemiologists.

Fellows must make a one-year commitment to attend two weekend retreats and monthly seminars and other education activities. Each fellow also will receive a stipend of $1,500 to aid in their personal or professional development. In addition, those who are employed by a nonprofit organization will receive a $500 gift for their employer. Program guidelines and application instructions are available at the foundation’s Web site. The deadline for applications is April 27, 2007.

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National Endowment for the Arts Invites Organizations to Participate in the Big Read

The Big Read, an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts (www.nea.gov) in partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services (www.imls.gov) and in cooperation with Arts Midwest (www.artsmidwest.org), is designed to restore reading to the center of American culture. The Big Read (www.neabigread.org) provides citizens with the opportunity to read and discuss a single book within their communities. Approximately 120 organizations in communities of varying sizes across the United States will be chosen to participate in the initiative from September through December 2007. Each community event lasts approximately one month and includes a kick-off event to launch the program locally; major events devoted specifically to the book (panel discussions, author readings, etc.); events using the book as a point of departure (film screenings, theatrical readings, etc.); and book discussions in diverse locations and aimed at a wide range of audiences. (more…)

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PCRC Seeking Coordinator of Family Mediation

The Peninsula Conflict Resolution Center has a full-time position open for a Coordinator of their Family Mediation Program, based out of their office in San Mateo County, California. They are reviewing applications on an ongoing basis until the position is filled. For details on the position, desired qualifications and experience and salary and benefits, please visit: www.pcrcweb.org/about/jobs.jsp.

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Call for Proposals – Conflict Resolution, Environment and Public Policy

The Environment and Public Policy Section (EPP) of the Association for Conflict Resolution is calling for proposals from section members and others who would like to participate as presenters in the 2007 EPP Section Conference. The conference meets at Florida Atlantic University’s Jupiter John D. MacArthur Campus in Jupiter Florida from Thursday, June 7 to Saturday, June 9, 2007.

Four themes will guide the conference discussions. The themes are:

· The role of collaborative leadership in promoting public decision making around issues of importance to communities.
· The relationship between our practice as conflict resolvers and efforts to promote deliberative democracy.
· Dynamic tensions between our professional norms and practices to resolve particular disputes and the long-term viability and development of collaborative decision making.
· Options for advancing the field of public dispute resolution to a skeptical public.

Proposals are invited for the concurrent, 90-minute breakout sessions that follow each keynote address or panel.Breakout sessions can address one of the four themes or some other topic of general interest to the profession. Please format your proposal using the sub-headings/categories listed below. Both individuals and collaborative groups may submit proposals. Deadline for submission: Monday, March 26, 2007. (more…)

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An Appeal to all Members of the D&D Community

If you are based in the U.S., I’d like to ask for your help with an important project. The vast majority of members of congress are not aware of the expertise and skill our community has to offer. They do not know how to tap into the dialogue and deliberation community to serve the purposes of good government – or even that there is such a community.  One project spearheaded by NCDD members Kim and Barnett Pearce aims to begin to change this.

If you’re willing, we ask that you to contact your congressional representative as soon as possible and try to schedule a meeting with them during the first two weeks of April (when they’re in their home districts) in order to: (1) talk to them about what the dialogue and deliberation community has to offer them and (2) extend an invitation to them, on behalf of NCDD, to attend (and/or send a representative to) a meeting on May 30, 2007 at De Anza College in Cupertino, California, titled “Reclaiming Democracy: Changing Public Conversations About Critical Issues.”

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More NCDD 2006 Videos Online

We have just added a couple more videos, include an iPod versions of our 5-minute Overview, to the events section of our website.  We are especially happy to present a 5-minute remembrance from the closing session of the conference which we just added to YouTube.com.

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