World Peace Scholars arrive at UC Berkeley on urgent, often
6 November 2002
By Bonnie Azab Powell, Public Affairs
BERKELEY - Zewdineh Beyene wants
to make an early-warning system he is developing for defusing
conflict in northeast Africa a model for the entire continent.
Australian lawyer Ian Wadley will concentrate on ways
to resolve international disputes over resources like fresh
water and petroleum. Tenzin Bhuchung, an ethnic Tibetan born
in India, intends to address religious repression, education,
and unemployment in Tibet through more targeted negotiations
And these are just three of the passionately committed men
and women who arrived this fall as UC Berkeley's first class
of Rotary World Peace Scholars. Even at Berkeley, these students
The campus competed with more than 100 universities to be
among the seven Rotary Centers for International Studies in
Peace and Conflict Resolution. Each center hosts 10 of the
70 students selected by the Rotary Club, an international
service organization with hundreds of chapters worldwide.
Chosen for their "dedication to promoting world peace
and personal experience dealing with conflict situations,"
the Rotary World Peace scholarships enable recipients to get
a two-year master's level degree or certificate in a program
emphasizing international relations and peace and conflict
resolution; they include fees and living arrangements. Several
of the Berkeley students left spouses and children temporarily
behind to live in the International House and concentrate
on their studies.
"The degree is important, but Rotary's purposes are more
about the students' doing research, publishing their findings,
and going out and being leaders in the international community,"
says Nancy Erbe, director of Berkeley's
Rotary Center and a lecturer in Peace and Conflict Studies.
"What we really hope to do is create an effective network
of leaders for peace and conflict resolution around the world."
For a better understanding of who these future leaders are
and what they are intent on doing with their lives, we will
profile several students in the coming weeks, starting with
India's Nani Mahanta.
Berkeley's first group of Rotary World Peace Scholars
on the steps of International House. Left to right: Patricia
Hewitson, Australia; Tenzin Bhuchung, Tibet/India; Simona
Pinton, Italy; Michel Huneault, Canada; Nani Mahanta,
India; Allison Bond, New Zealand; Ian Wadley, Australia;
Nancy Erbe, the program's director; Nagarjun Devaraj,
India; Sergio Rapu, Easter Island; and Zewdineh Beyene,
Ethiopia. Photo by BAP