Towards a New Dharma of Peace Building: New Horizons of Conflict Transformations and Alternative Planetary Futures

May 18, 2022

A special lecture by Prof Ananta Kumar Giri from Madras Institute of Development Studies is talking about Dharma as a way of thinking and being, that is related to our thoughts and actions to overcome conflict within self as well as society in transformative ways and; move towards the process of building peace. This process of peace building is not just avoiding conflict but its tranformation. It is also related to visions and practices of treansformative reconciliation. 

Dealing with Mental Health during COVID-19

Oct 14, 2020

An interactive session with Ms Bhairavi on 'Mental Health' during the stressful times of COVID-19. Ms Bhairavi is the Founder of Mithra Trust, an organization dedicated towards extending support and generating mental health awareness. During the discussions, Ms Bhairavi talked about various self-reflective and self-expressive tools and practices which could be used by any one to create a safe space for their own selves and help them discover a path of self-discovery and healing.

Women, Development and Peace

Aug 04, 2018

A striking conversation with Dr. Swati Parashar, a renowned scholar/activist affiliated with Global Studies Program of Gothenburg University, Sweden. Her public engagements focus on women’s experiences promoting the idea of ‘solidarity beyond borders'. Social Activist Jagriti Rahi, Anup Shramik, Shruti Nagvanshi and Dr Lenin Rahuvanshi also participated in the conversation.

India's National Security: Issues and Challenges 

Aug 11, 2017

Lieutenant General Syed Ata Hasnain, PVSM, UYSM, AVSM,SM, VSM (Bar) who is a decorated retired General of the Indian Army visited CPD for a special talk session discussing India's national security issues and challenges that lie ahead of India. Gen Hasnain is known for introducing the Scholar Warrior concept at the Indian Army and has extensively worked towards promoting military intellectualism and strategic culture in India. 

Emerging Political Trends in the United States

Jul 26, 2017

A special lecture was organized where Professor V P Nanda, John Evans University Professor and T G Marsh Professor of Law and the Director, The Nanda Center for International and Comparative Law, University of Denver, USA talked about the concerns surrounding  political trends in the United States and its possible implications on the future of global democracies as well as the possibilities and challenges that the US is lie ahead of the USA.

Researching for Peace

Oct 12, 2016

A interactive session was organized with Janel B. Galvanek, Senior Project Manager, Berghof Foundation, Germany wherein she shared her experiences from the field, discussing traditional and non-traditional mechanisms of conflict transformation.

Dialectics in Education 

Oct 10, 2016

A one day workshop was organized by CPD which was conducted by Professor Patrick Larsson, Dean of Education, Karlstad University, Sweden. The program was attended by students and scholars from Malaviya Centre for Peace Research, BHU.

Conflict Resolution in Contemporary World  

Jul 19, 2016

A two day lecture series was conducted with Dr Jermy A Rinker as the chief resource person.  Dr Rinker is Assistant Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies, Department of Peace and Conflict Studies, University of North Carolina, Greensboro, USA.

Corporate Social Responsibility 

Jul 14, 2016

An interactive session by Chinmay Pattnaik, Senior Lecturer and MIB Director and Programs Coordinator at International Business School, University of Sydney, Australia.

Youth and Peacebuilding

May 09, 2016

Dr Donald Roland, peace activist and Senior Consultant at United States Institute for Peace New York led an interactive dialogue discussing the potential of youth today to lead the trajectories in peacebuilding. 

'Idealizing India' by Per-O Fjallsby

Feb 19, 2016

A round table discussion on the book  titled 'Idealizing India: Transformative Visions of Theosophists on Education and Politics' authored by Per-Olof Fjallsby of Karlstad University, Sweden.

Interfaith Dialogue

May 05, 2015

An interactive session with Rev. Victor H. Kazanjian, Jr., Executive Director, United Religions Initiative, USA, on the theme of Interfaith Dialogue. The session underlinined the significance of constructive interaction between people of various faith traditions, at both the individual and institutional levels, in bringing about social cohesion and peace.

Masculinity Studies

Feb 10, 2015

An interactive session with Ulf Mellström, Professor of Gender Studies, Karlstad University, Sweden on the need for an intersectional theorizing in the feminist, queer and sexuality studies so as to sense of men and masculinities.

Peace and Conflict in Northeast India- II

Dec 01, 2014

A second round of interaction with Dr Bishwajit Mohapatra, North Eastern Hill University, Shillong on issues surrounding peace and conflict in Northeast India was organized. The discussions stressed on the need for ommunication as a tool for a speedy redressal of conflicting issues along with social auditing. 

Gender, Empowerment and Conflict in India

Feb 22, 2014

A panel discussion led by Professor Åshild Kolås, Research Professor, Peace Research Institute, Oslo (PRIO), Norway.

Peace and Conflict in Northeast India- I

Apr 26, 2013

A discussion was organized with Dr Bishwajit Mohapatra from North Eastern Hill University, Shillong on issues concerning various insurgencies, causes of unrest in Meghalaya and peace initiatives by Government and civil society. 

Conflict Handling Mechanism: Glocal Perspectives

Apr 02, 2013

A panel discussion was organized at Centre with Professor Åshild Kolås, Research Professor, Peace Research Institute, Oslo (PRIO), Norway, as the key resource person. The discussions navigated through several instances where conflicts were managed peacefully using creativity and citizen diplomacy. 

Culture of Governance and Conflict Resolution 

Mar 11, 2013

Professor Priyankar Upadhyaya held discussions on the issues surrounding governance and conflict resolution at regional and international level. Equitable role of local as well as national leaders in participating in the process of peacebuilding was emphasized. 

Communal Peace in Multicultural Banaras

Feb 26, 2013

Professor Priyankar Upadhyaya led a talk on the significance of multiculturalism in Banaras and its contribution towards bringing communcal peace and harmony in the city. This distinctive feature of Banaras has been a result of a proactive role played by religious leaders in nurturing the tradition of inter-communal dialogue and practical interventions, to preempt the outbreak of communal frenzy during the turbulent times. 

Peace Education for Young Children

Jan 27, 2013

A round table was organised where principals from different schools of Varanasi shared their thoughts, ideas and innovative methods practiced in their schools to bring religious tolerance and acceptance for all religions.