Support Our Work
The John Joseph Moakley Chair for Peace and Reconciliation is dedicated to the proposition that big change comes with small steps and that each of us can make a profound difference. The Moakley Chair’s philosophy is that you don’t need large bureaucracies or armies to bring about a transformation in divided societies, in how onetime adversaries see each other, how they communicate, how they perceive problems, how they recognize each other’s strengths and limitations, and how they come to realize, eventually, that we all occupy fragile space and must find ways of working together, however imperfectly, to advance the cause of justice and well-being. Through the extraordinary work and legacy of scholar/practitioner Padraig O’Malley, the Moakley Chair cultivates peer-to-peer engagement in a process rooted in a few simple truths: that communities in conflict – divided along either ethnic, racial, religious, national or ideological lines or by majority/minority dichotomies – are best helped by other divided societies that have undergone violent conflict and have found their way to peaceful settlement of their differences.
We invite your participation in advancing the philosophy, programs, and practices of the Moakley Chair for Peace and Reconciliation, including the upcoming Forum for Cities in Transition, which brings together local leaders from a select group of cities at the epicenter of divided societies: Derry/Londonderry (Northern Ireland); Mitrovicë /Kosovska Mitrovica (Kosovo); Beirut (Lebanon); Haifa, (Israel); representatives of the Greek and Turkish Cypriot communities, Nicosia (Cyprus); Jerusalem; Kirkuk (Iraq); Mostar (Bosnia and Herzegovina); and government officials from Belfast (Northern Ireland). The 2nd annual FCT conference will be held in Derry/Londonderry (Northern Ireland) May 2011. Two new cities will join the FCT for May 2011 (TBA).
Make a Gift
To support The Forum for Cities in Transition and the work of the Chair, we invite you to go to the UMass Boston Fund giving form. Or you may call 617.287.5320 to make your gift by credit card or mail check to:
Moakley Chair / McCormack Graduate School of Policy Studies University Advancement, UMass Boston,100 Morrissey Boulevard, Boston, MA 02125
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