Tuesday, February 6, 2024 - 7:00pm to Tuesday, April 16, 2024 - 9:00pm
Dr. Nina Balmaceda

The Center for Reconciliation at Duke Divinity School, in collaboration with its partner, the Americas Initiative for Transformation and Reconciliation (AITR), will hold its Fourth Institute of the Americas for Transformation and Reconciliation on the theme "Conflict Transformation in the Americas” from February through April 2024.

The Institute of the Americas offers an opportunity for interdisciplinary theological and contextual formation around transformation and reconciliation. Through the application of the CFR’s methodology of the Word Made Flesh, the institute incorporates gender, human rights, restorative justice, and postcolonial perspectives. Participants share en conjunto an intellectual, emotional, and spiritual journey that brings the Theology of Reconciliation into dialogue with voices from different academic disciplines. 

The institute session will take place via Zoom and will be conducted in Spanish. Contributions in English and Portuguese will be translated into Spanish. Registration required.  

Attendance at all institute sessions and completion of complementary assignments meet the requirements for the non-degree certificate program offered by AITR and the Center for Reconciliation at Duke Divinity School.

To participate in this new Institute please visit https://www.iaptr.com/instituto.

Dr. Nina Balmaceda, associate director of CFR, will lead the theoretical discussions and Latin American practitioners will serve as witnesses contributing their field expertise on the following themes:

  • Session 1: The Theology of Just Peace and Reconciliation 
    February 6, 2024, 7:00–9:00 p.m. EDT 
    Witness: Giovanny Gómez (Colombia)
  • Session 2: The Conflict Transformation Approach 
    February 20, 2024, 7:00–9:00 p.m. EDT  
    Witness: Claudia Moreira (Brazil)

  • Session 3: Improving Active Listening and Introduction to Circle Processes
    March 5, 2024, 7:00–9:00 p.m. EDT  
    Witness: José Vinces (Ecuador)

  • Session 4: Circle Processes Practicum
    March 19, 2024, 7:00–9:00 p.m. EDT

  • Session 5: Forgiveness and the Pursuit of Just Peace 
    April 2, 2024, 7:00–9:00 p.m. EDT  
    Witness: María Elena Mamarián (Argentina)

  • Session 6: Mental Health Dimensions of Conflict Transformation
    April 16, 2024, 7:00–9:00 p.m. EDT 
    Witness: Roberto W. Chia-Cherre (Perú/US)

For more information, contact Alejandro Rivas (alejandro.rivasalva@duke.edu)