Keyword: Karen Ridd

We Need to Talk: Climate change and war

Wednesday, April 13, 2022 @ 10:51 AM

"When you are going through hell, keep on walking"

A wise friend of mine posted that quote recently, and I have been clinging to it, like a kind of psychological life raft.

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Nonviolent resistance: we need to talk

Thursday, March 31, 2022 @ 1:42 PM

In my 20s, I supported the armed revolutionary movement in Nicaragua. At that time, I would have said that nonviolence was 'naïve', that it worked for Gandhi against the British in India because the British were so 'civilized' (if my former belief that the British were "civilized" colonizers leads you to guess that I'm basically a mix of Scottish/English/Irish settler stock, you'd be correct). I fully believed that to truly bring about revolutionary change, you'd need armed struggle.

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Rainbow Butterfly warming hut project honours murdered and missing Indigenous women, girls, and LGBTQ2S individuals

Monday, March 1, 2021 @ 3:49 PM

In the winter of 2018, a group of Conflict Resolution Studies students, including Angela Lavallee (an impacted survivor of gender-based violence) and Sanjam Panag, decided to work on a project that centered on murdered and missing indigenous women, girls, and two-spirit. The project was assigned in a course titled "Nonviolent Social Change," taught by Karen Ridd, Assistant Professor of CRS at Menno Simons College. Their project was set up at the University of Winnipeg as a public event and brought in survivors, family members, Bear Clan Patrol, furthering conversations that would become a springboard for what is now the "Rainbow Butterfly" warming hut project. Four years later, after having hosted events such as the "Reflection on the Red" and through networking with a group of visionaries who go by"Collective of Voices", the warming hut is complete and ready to be unveiled on the Red River trail.

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MSC faculty and team awarded $119,000 federal grant

Monday, June 17, 2019 @ 10:03 AM

An instructor from Canadian Mennonite University's Menno Simons College (MSC) and a team of other professors are the recipients of a prestigious federal grant.

Karen Ridd, Instructor in Peace and Conflict Resolution Studies, received a three-year Partnership Development Grant worth $119,000 through the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC).

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Faculty: In Their Own Words – Karen Ridd

Thursday, May 3, 2018 @ 9:00 AM

Karen Ridd has been a lecturer in Conflict Resolution Studies at MSC since 2007. Karen is a mediator, facilitator, teacher and public speaker with over 25 years of experience as a conflict resolution practitioner, including work as a human rights volunteer in war zones in Central America with Peace Brigades International in the 1980s.

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CRS and IDS influencers from the African diaspora

Tuesday, February 27, 2018 @ 8:20 AM

February has almost flown by, but we didn't want to let it slip away without marking Black History Month!

This year, we want to highlight influential people from the African diaspora who are working in International Development and Conflict Resolution—experts our professors reference regularly in their classes.

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Clowning: speaking truth to power

Monday, April 3, 2017 @ 12:00 AM

Thirty years ago, I “fell into” clowning. I realize that’s an unusual thing to say, and you might wonder how one accidentally becomes a clown (it’s a long story, trust me). I went on to a short career in clowning, founding the first therapeutic clowning programme in the world, at the Winnipeg Children’s Hospital in 1986 (and a second one in Toronto a few years later).

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