Since the beginning of the war in Iraq, tens of thousands of Iraqis have been killed, and several million were displaced, many due to the Islamic State's occupation and the subsequent military campaign to defeat its forces. IS particularly targeted minority communities living in northern Iraq's diverse Ninewa province, home to Christians, Yezidis, Shabaks, Turkmen, and Kaka'i. Agricultural livelihoods were devastated, and many historical, religious, and cultural heritage sites were destroyed.
In 2020, the USAID-funded LASER PULSE program began fieldwork on a project to support the restoration of culturally significant agricultural practices and rebuild religious and community connections in Northern Iraq.
Join the Pulte Institute to hear from the U.S. and Iraqi research team about their efforts to help revive the diverse, vibrant Nineveh Plains region and ethnographic research's role in informing social cohesion and livelihood programs in the Middle East and beyond.
𝐏𝐫𝐞𝐬𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐝 𝐛𝐲 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐔𝐧𝐢𝐯𝐞𝐫𝐬𝐢𝐭𝐲 𝐨𝐟 𝐍𝐨𝐭𝐫𝐞 𝐃𝐚𝐦𝐞'𝐬 𝐏𝐮𝐥𝐭𝐞 𝐈𝐧𝐬𝐭𝐢𝐭𝐮𝐭𝐞 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐆𝐥𝐨𝐛𝐚𝐥 𝐃𝐞𝐯𝐞𝐥𝐨𝐩𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭 𝐢𝐧 𝐩𝐚𝐫𝐭𝐧𝐞𝐫𝐬𝐡𝐢𝐩 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐔𝐒𝐀𝐈𝐃 𝐋𝐀𝐒𝐄𝐑 𝐏𝐔𝐋𝐒𝐄 𝐜𝐨𝐧𝐬𝐨𝐫𝐭𝐢𝐮𝐦, 𝐏𝐮𝐫𝐝𝐮𝐞 𝐔𝐧𝐢𝐯𝐞𝐫𝐬𝐢𝐭𝐲, 𝐈𝐧𝐝𝐢𝐚𝐧𝐚 𝐔𝐧𝐢𝐯𝐞𝐫𝐬𝐢𝐭𝐲, 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐔𝐧𝐢𝐯𝐞𝐫𝐬𝐢𝐭𝐲 𝐨𝐟 𝐃𝐮𝐡𝐨𝐤, 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐒𝐭𝐨𝐜𝐤𝐡𝐨𝐥𝐦 𝐈𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐫𝐧𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐚𝐥 𝐏𝐞𝐚𝐜𝐞 𝐑𝐞𝐬𝐞𝐚𝐫𝐜𝐡 𝐈𝐧𝐬𝐭𝐢𝐭𝐮𝐭𝐞.
12:15 - 12:50 p.m. - Registration and Lunch
1 - 3:30 p.m. - Symposium
- Intro to Iraq Context and Ethnographic Research - Design
- Wild Plants and Herbarium
- Agricultural Extension and Botanical Gardens
- Olive Oil Market Analysis
- Social Cohesion and Advocacy
3:30 - 4:30 p.m. - Panel Discussion
- The Role of Culture in Peacebuilding in Multicultural Post-Conflict Societies
4:30 - 5:30 p.m. - Reception
* 𝐸𝑣𝑒𝑛𝑡 𝑠𝑝𝑎𝑐𝑒 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑚𝑢𝑙𝑡𝑖𝑚𝑒𝑑𝑖𝑎 𝑒𝑥ℎ𝑖𝑏𝑖𝑡𝑖𝑜𝑛 𝑤𝑖𝑙𝑙 𝑏𝑒 𝑜𝑝𝑒𝑛 𝑡𝑜 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑝𝑢𝑏𝑙𝑖𝑐 𝑎𝑡 9 𝑎𝑚
Omran Omer Ali, Ph.D. (University of Duhok)
Amal Bourhrous (SIPRI)
Kate Eddens, Ph.D. (Indiana University)
Shivan Fazil (SIPRI)
Rund Hammoudi, Ph.D. (University of Duhok)
Peter Hirst, Ph.D. (Purdue University)
Nashwan Shawkat Mahmood, Ph.D. (University of Duhok)
Juliano M. R. Marques, Ph.D. (Purdue University)
Nabaz Ibraheem Mohammed, Ph.D. (University of Duhok)
Sean O'Neill (University of Notre Dame)
Sarah R. Osterhoudt, Ph.D (Indiana University)
Knox Thames (Senior Fellow at Pepperdine University)
Originally published at pulte.nd.edu.