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Drug Violence on the Border: Peace Experts Take on Conflict ResolutionDrug Violence on the Border: Peace Experts Take on Conflict Resolution


“Drug Violence on the Border of Mexico and the United States: After 50,000 Deaths, Where is the End?”


Stories of Hope for Peace and Reconciliation


With San Antonio’s proximity to Mexico, and the escalating drug violence on the border, Northwest Vista College is co-sponsoring a Peace and Conflict Summer Workshop on Wed., June 12 at 9 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

Supported by the U. S. Institute of Peace Public Education for Peacebuilding Support initiative, Northwest Vista College welcomes two internationally-recognized speakers from Northern Ireland to share stories of hope for peace and reconciliation, as well as other local and regional experts who will teach high school and college students how to resolve conflict and become leaders in their schools, communities and places of employment.

Both events will be held at Northwest Vista College in the Palmetto Center for the Arts, Black Box Theater, Room 111.  Admission is free and open to the public.

The first speaker is Mattew Scrimgeour, who is a professional peace practitioner and published poet.  Born in Perth, Scotland, Scrimgeour works as Program Coordinator and Volunteer Support worker for the Corrymeela Community, an organization that sponsors the Corrymeela Peace & Reconciliation Center in his home of Ballycastle, Northern Ireland.

The second speaker, Aaron Gordon, works as the Program Coordinator at “Music Theater 4 Youth,” an organization that provides inclusive opportunities and educational pathways for young people throughout Ireland to experience excellence and professionalism in musical theater. Born in Belfast, Northwern Ireland, Gordon studies at the Belfast Royal Academy and was a Long Term Volunteer at the Corrrymeela Peace & Reconciliation Center.

9:00 – 10:15 a.m.       Matthew Scrimbeour  

1:30 – 2:45 p.m.        Aaron Gordon 

Public Education for Peacebuilding Support is a new initiative of USIP, administered by the Institute of International Education (IIE), which seeks to support American colleges, universities and public libraries in advancing public education on international peace and conflict resolution.

“USIP is pleased to support organizations like Northwest Vista College and their contribution to the national conversation around international conflict – and methods for resolving those conflicts nonviolently,” commented USIP President Jim Marshall.