The Author

IMG_3488My name Is Jessica Ciccarelli and I’m a masters student working towards a degree in Peace and Justice Studies. I absolutely love my field and my work, and can’t wait to jump into the world and begin the struggle of working in peacebuilding. I’ve spent a bit of time working with women and youth both in Liberia and Kenya. My journey so far has produced one overwhelming truth, all over the world, the one factor that unites struggle everywhere is the way art is used to to overcome, recover from, and even change the most challenging of circumstances. My blog, and my life, hopes to honor that idea. There’s a lot left I could say, but I will leave you with this:  Through my deepest pain and most destructive struggles, I’ve found that sometimes it is only poetic after it ends. So, if it isn’t poetic yet, it may not be over, but the poetry will come; keep fighting.

If you have any other questions, please feel free to message me (just click on the “contact me” tab at the top of the screen and fill out the contact form)! And if you want to see any of my other published work, check out the publications below!

Contributions to the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice Blog

September 2015 – December 2015

“Lessons I’ve Learned – Stories from Kenya.” September 25, 2015. http://sites.sandiego.edu/ipj/2015/09/25/lessons-ive-learned-stories-from-kenya/

“The Beauty Behind the Dust.” October 27, 2015. http://sites.sandiego.edu/ipj/2015/10/27/the-beauty-behind-the-dust/

“Dirty Hands, Beautiful Lessons.” December 16, 2015.

http://sites.sandiego.edu/ipj/2015/12/16/dirty-hands-beautiful-lessons/

“Kenya News in Review.”

December 4, 2015. http://sites.sandiego.edu/ipj/2015/12/04/news-in-review-kenya-december-4-2015/

November 5, 2015. http://sites.sandiego.edu/ipj/2015/11/05/news-in-review-kenya-november-5-2015/

October 22, 2015. http://sites.sandiego.edu/ipj/2015/10/22/news-in-review-kenya-october-22-2015/

October 8, 2015. http://sites.sandiego.edu/ipj/2015/10/08/news-in-review-kenya-icc-controversy/

October 1, 2015. http://sites.sandiego.edu/ipj/2015/10/01/the-westgate-attack-two-years-after/

“Nepal News in Review.”

November 19, 2015. http://sites.sandiego.edu/ipj/2015/11/19/news-in-review-nepal-november-19/

October 29, 2015. http://sites.sandiego.edu/ipj/2015/10/29/news-in-review-nepal-october-29/

October 15, 2015. http://sites.sandiego.edu/ipj/2015/10/16/news-in-review-nepal-october-15-2015/

October 5, 2015. http://sites.sandiego.edu/ipj/2015/10/05/news-in-review-nepal-constitution-aftermath/

The Art of Peace Symposium Reflections

“Universal Love: Genesis at the Crossroads & Saffron Caravan.” December 11, 2015. http://sites.sandiego.edu/ipj/2015/12/14/universal-love-genesis-at-the-crossroads-saffron-caravan/

“Black Lives Matter.” December 21, 2015. http://sites.sandiego.edu/ipj/2015/12/21/black-lives-matter/