Cascading Conflict: What is the Science of Violence?

This online event may be of interest:

Battles, revolutions, and other fights in history might seem violent in their own ways — consequences of specific social and cultural dynamics. But with the right lens, one can identify unifying principles.

In an online event on February 2, moderator Rachel Kleinfeld will explore the “science of violence” with researchers from the Santa Fe Institute. Through historical examples and data from real-world armed conflicts, they will discuss how an initial event spreads and ignites conflicts in other regions, resulting in a “conflict cascade” or avalanche that spreads over time and space.

Rachel Kleinfeld is a senior fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and the author of the 2018 book A Savage Order: How the World’s Deadliest Countries Can Forge a Path to Security. She advises governments and philanthropists in making major social change in democracies, with a focus on violence, polarization, and poor governance.

Jessica Flack, David Krakauer, and Eddie Lee are researchers in the C4 Collective Computation Group at SFI who look for patterns in complex social systems. Their recently published paper, “Scaling theory of armed-conflict avalanches” (Physical Review E, 2020), will form the basis for the discussion.

This event is co-hosted by the Santa Fe Council for International Relations and the Santa Fe Institute.

Founded in 1965, the Santa Fe Council on International Relations connects New Mexico and the world by engaging and inspiring global citizens through dialogue, education, and cross-cultural exchange.

Click here to reserve your free tickets to this virtual panel through the CIR website.

Remember to Nominate Someone for Communicator of Achievement

The Communicator of Achievement Award is the highest honor bestowed by New Mexico Press Women and the National Federation of Press Women upon those members who have distinguished themselves within and beyond their profession.

The recipient, chosen from nominations by NMPW members, is recognized for exceptional achievement in the communications field, service to NMPW/NFPW and to the community.

For specifics on building a nomination packet, rules for entry, nomination form and more, visit the 2021 Communicator of Achievement Rules page. Also, there is nothing barring self-nomination.

For more information, contact NMPW COA Chair Marilyn Ward.

NMPW EXCEEDS #GivingTuesday Goals

New Mexico Press Women EXCEEDED its goal to raise $1,500 for the Doris Gregory Scholarship during this year’s #GivingTuesday on December 1, 2020. With donations and pledges ranging from $10 to $1,000 (one of each), NMPW raised $2,000, twenty-five percent more than its stated goal of $1500.  All funds will be added to the Doris Gregory Scholarship to benefit journalism students in New Mexico. NMPW thanks these NMPW members and friends who donated to the Doris Gregory Scholarship for their generosity:
  • Anthony Albidrez
  • Anne Hillerman
  • Carol Kreis
  • Damien Willis
  • Denise Tessier
  • Kathleen McCleery
  • Linda Lockett
  • Loretta Hall
  • Mike Gallagher
  • Marilyn Ward
  • Patricia Hodapp
  • Robert Flinkman
  • Robert Kidera
  • Sharon Niederman
  • Sherri Burr
  • Vicky Ramakka
NMPW President Sherri Burr expressed her gratitude with, “New Mexico Press Women’s first participation in #GivingTuesday was an outstanding success. Thank you and Happy Holidays!”

Zoom Conversation: Journalists Covering Criminal & Social Justice Issues

Photo of Ludella Awad

Host Ludella Awad

NMPW members are invited to participate in an off-the-record Zoom Conversation on Friday, 25 Sep, from 4:00- 4:45 p.m. NMPW will host two journalists covering criminal and social justice issues surrounding police reform and accountability. Joining us are Ryan Lowery from the Las Vegas Optic and Elise Kaplan, criminal justice reporter for the Albuquerque Journal. The event host is NMPW Board Member Ludella Awad, a criminal justice reporter who has worked with multiple news organizations covering the criminal justice system. We anticipate this meeting lasting 45 minutes, but it may go as long as one hour.

If you are a member you may register in advance. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

If you are not a member, you may join to attend.

Zoom attendees for Criminal Justice Zoom meeting

Criminal Justice Zoom attendees

Las Cruces Press Women Sponsors COVID-19 and the Media Response II

Las Cruces Press Women is sponsoring a continuing Zoom conversation on how did governmental communications professionals provide critical public health information during the COVID-19 crisis? The event, COVID-19 and the Media Response II, takes place Monday, Aug 31, from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.

The discussion will be moderated by Damien Willis, lead reporter for the Las Cruces Sun-News and New Mexico Press Women 2020 Communicator of Achievement award winner. Confirmed panelists include:

  • Justin Bannister, associate vice president of marketing and communications for New Mexico State University
  • Kelly Jameson, public information officer for Las Cruces Public Schools
  • Dan Trujillo, public information officer for the Las Cruces Police Department
  • Mark Rudi, media relations manager, for University of New Mexico Health Sciences

This event is open to the public and there is no charge to attend, but advance registration before 5:30 p.m. the day of the panel is required to receive the Zoom link. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. Please remember to use the same email account with which you registered to join the meeting.