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Austin Community College (ACC) hosts a day of art, music, and discussion focused on peace and conflict transformation at its 8th Annual Peace and Conflict Studies Spring Symposium
8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, April 12, at Eastview Campus, Building 8000 Auditorium (3401 Webberville Road).
This year's theme is "The Borders of Belonging: Art, Conflict Transformation, and Peace."
The event will include a conversation with songwriter and musician Alejandro Escovedo and a performance by playwright-performer Jesús I. Valles.

There will also be a panel discussion featuring:
  • Phillip Townsend - Neon Queen Collective co-founder
  • Fidencio Duran - Painter, muralist, and teaching artist
  • Charlotte Gullick - Writer and ACC Creative Writing department chair
  • Jason Reed - Texas State University Photography associate professor and Borderland Collective co-founder and director
  • Victoria Suescum - Visual artist and ACC Art professor
Throughout the day, participants can explore an art exhibition, booths by community organizations, and live performances by Austin Classical Guitar and ACC's drama, dance, and creative writing departments.

"A major goal of this annual symposium is to unite our community of learners through deep engagement with a particular theme that relates to peace and non-violent conflict transformation," says Dr. Shirin Khosropour, ACC Peace & Conflict Studies director. "It's a day for our students to see connections between the seemingly disparate areas of their educational requirements, their own lives, local and global issues, and learn how they can get engaged in their community."

Hosted by ACC's Peace and Conflict Studies Center, the event is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Khosropour at [email protected].


The Spring Symposium was presented by Peace & Conflict Studies Center in partnership with the Art Department at Austin Community College.

With the support from these ACC Departments:
  • Creative Writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • International Programs
  • Philosophy Humanities and Religion
  • Psychology

Peace and Conflict studies is a multidisciplinary program at Austin Community College. This page was created by Honors students enrolled in an Intro. to Psychology course with a focus on Peace & Conflict Studies (PACS). Our goal is to educate our community about "conflict transformation," and to promote healthy relationships at all levels--personal, community, and global. Conflict transformation acknowledges that conflict is a natural and dynamic necessity. As a student put it, "transformation is versatile, in that it attempts to make sense of the problem and recognize it as an opportunity for mutual, positive growth."

Text source material from Peace & Conflict Studies and ACC webpages
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