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October 2021

BEYOND THE HEADLINES: A CLOSER LOOK AT THE US-MEXICO BORDER

October 14, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Professor Katrina Burgess and Virginia Staab, Senior Fellow and former U.S. Consul General speak about the U.S.-Mexico border.

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Decolonizing International Relations Conference

October 28, 2021 @ 10:00 am - October 30, 2021 @ 5:00 pm
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Program In Human Security And Contemplative Practice Seminar

October 28, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Cabot 7th Floor, 160 Packard Avenue
Medford, Massachusetts 02155 United States

The Leir Institute, in partnership with the Human Security program at Aarhus University in Denmark, is excited to launch our Program in Human Security and Contemplative Practice with a two-part series of workshops on the Inner Development Goals (IDG) and the Ego-to-Eco System framework. The aim of the workshops is to co-create and integrate practices to reflect one's own motivations, role, and biases as agents of Human Security.

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November 2021

Fighting Talk – Careers in the Mediation of Armed Conflict

November 12, 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Matt Waldman has years of experience in the mediation of armed conflict, including with the United Nations and international mediation organisations. In this careers talk he will reflect on what working in the field of mediation is really like, and the qualities and skills you need to be effective. He will highlight different roles and career tracks within international conflict resolution, and will make suggestions on how to determine what role might be most suitable for you. He will share thoughts on strategies for getting a job or relevant experience, and the qualities that will help you succeed.

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Advanced Skills Workshop – Resolving Conflict with Empathy

November 13, 2021 @ 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
Cabot 7th Floor, 160 Packard Avenue
Medford, Massachusetts 02155 United States
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Conference on Gender and International Affairs

November 19, 2021 @ 8:00 am - November 20, 2021 @ 5:00 pm
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January 2022

RESPONSIBLE FINANCE: How Can Financial Services Deliver Value To Low-Income Households?

January 27 @ 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm

Come and join us for a conversation with Leir Senior Fellow, Jayshree Venkatesan, this Thursday, January 27 on zoom.

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February 2022

SKA-D FOR LIFE: How Music Built a Vision For A Multicultural Britain

February 10 @ 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm
Cabot 205, 160 Packard Ave.
Medford, Massachusetts 02155 United States

This lecture explores how the transnational journeys of Jamaican Ska music led it to Britain and established a meeting ground that blended racial lines among the youth. It recounts how such influence impacted British popular culture and then the very notion of Britishness itself from the youth upwards. This is then framed in terms of employing music as a research tool to produce a more comprehensive perspective of time and space where other media may not suffice. This work is the fruit of a passion project based on the use of Donna Haraway’s concept of Companion Species applied to music.

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Jamaica Y Tamarindo: Afro Tradition In The Heart Of Mexico

February 28 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Cabot 205, 160 Packard Ave.
Medford, Massachusetts 02155 United States

The Leir Institute is excited to announce an upcoming event with Ebony Bailey, a filmmaker and video producer from Central California whose work explores cultural intersections as well as diaspora and social movements. Her documentaries have been screened at film festivals and forums in the US, Mexico, South America, and Europe. She has produced videos and visual content for organizations such as Mijente, the LA Times, NPR, and Africa is a Country.

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March 2022

Refugees In Towns Integration Conference & Arts Festival

March 4 @ 8:00 am - March 5 @ 5:00 pm

The 2022 RIT Conference and Arts Festival will explore the links between migrant and refugee integration and mental health, identifying the barriers to and opportunities for protection and improvement of mental health in different communities and cities. Drawing on nearly 50 case studies conducted by refugees across the globe, researchers and practitioners will showcase lessons and strategies that facilitate refugee integration and promote mental health. Interactive workshops led by local artists will allow attendees to understand how a variety of…

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