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Dyson Year in Review 2011-2012

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Giving Peace a Chance O n September 21, Pace celebrated the International Day of Peace by announcing the launch of a Peace and Justice Studies minor on its New York City Campus, complementing the Peace and Justice Program that has been on the Westchester Campus since 2007. Students in the programs go on to professional careers in the growing areas of nonprofit organizations, humanitarian and international aid work, mediation, negotiation, diplomacy, economic development, and poverty reduction. The program on the New York City Campus is directed by political scientist Emily Welty, PhD, who has worked in a variety of cross-cultural and politically unstable contexts including Uganda, Kenya, Northern Ireland, Israel/ Palestine, Cuba, Haiti, South Africa, and Sudan. Put a Cork in It W hat is the connection between that bottle of wine on your restaurant table and the fate of forests and wildlife across Southern Europe and parts of North Africa, and the livelihoods of 100,000 people? The cork. In Battle Behind the Bottle: A Documentary on the Cork Question, a team of Pace student filmmakers explored the unseen issues within the cork industry in Portugal. Under the guidance of Communications Professor Maria Luskay, EdD, students wrote, filmed, and produced the entire project, traveling to Porto, Coruche, and Lisbon to research and film with New York Times "Dot Earth" blogger Andrew Revkin. Over the last two years, students in Luskay's award-winning Media and Communication Arts class have traveled to the Netherlands to shoot a documentary on the U.S. Ambassador to Holland and to Belize where they chronicled the world of sustainable shrimp farming. The Life of an American Ambassador: The Netherlands won Best in Category for "Documentary" at the 4th Annual Indie Short Film Competition and Linda Thornton: Seeking Sustainability One Shrimp at a Time was awarded Best Short Documentary in the Best Shorts Film Festival. Students have also filmed in Nassau, Brazil, Costa Rica, and Tuscany. "Each documentary project presents unique challenges," says Luskay, speaking of past film projects. "This gives the students real-world experience in documentary film-making that will serve them well in their careers." Year in Review 2011-2012 | 11

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