Preparations Underway for Peacebuilding Community College Seminar in Maryland

photoStarting on Saturday, October 12 through Tuesday, October 15, 2013  community college faculty from across the U.S. with gather at Montgomery College in Germantown, Maryland to explore global issues of peace and conflict.   The program titled “Teaching About Global Conflict and Peacebuilding: A Seminar for Community College Faculty” is a joint effort of Montgomery College and the American Red Cross, International Humanitarian Law Dissemination Program and designed to provide an opportunity for community college educators to learn from Washington-based policy makers, practitioners, and educators about contemporary issues of war and peace.   The program is being spearheaded by Jennifer Haydel of Montgomery College, Laurie Fisher from the American Red Cross, and David J. Smith, former senior manager at the U.S. Institute of Peace and editor of Peacebuilding in Community Colleges: A Teaching ResourceStreet Law, Inc., the Fulbright Association, and The Democracy Commitment are providing  additional sponsorship for the program.

Presenters come from a wide-range of groups and organizations.  Though the government shutdown limited participation from federally supported agencies, the agenda is a rich one reflecting a combination of  content experts and educators in the field.   Scheduled presentations are expected by representatives of the Friends Committee on National Legislation, the Stanford Human Rights Initiative, Search for Common Ground, Soliya, the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, the Student Peace Alliance, the Sustained Dialogue Campus Network,  and the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University.  During the program, Search for Common Ground Productions will show their recently release film Under the Same Sun.  In addition, noted peace educator and winner of the El-Hibri Peace Education Prize Colman McCarthy and Arun Gandhi grandson of Mahatma Gandhi will speak about their work. The talk by Arun Gandhi is open to the public and will be held on Monday, October 14 at 7 p.m.  at the Montgomery College Germantown Campus.   Other presenters include Dr. Sahar Khamis of the University of Maryland, Daryn Cambridge of American University, Christie Edwards of the American Red Cross, and Dr. Cindy Epperson of St. Louis Community College. The group will also visit the American Red Cross and the Organization of American States on the last day of the program.

A total of 28 faculty participants will be attending  and come from 10 community colleges including the College of Southern Maryland, Montgomery College, Anne Arundel Community College, Miami Dade College, Valencia College, Santa Barbara City College, Harrisburg Area Community College, Santa Monica College, Los Angeles Community College, and Northern Virginia Community College.   A description of the program as well as a program agenda can be found here.

For more information about the program, contact David J. Smith at

Published by David J. Smith

I am a career coach, consultant, and head of a not for profit - the Forage Center - that offers humanitarian education training. I also teach at George Mason University and Drexel University. A one time lawyer, I spent many years teaching in a community college where I was a Fulbright U.S. Scholar teaching in Estonia. I'm the author of Peace Jobs: A Student's Guide to Starting a Career Working for Peace (IAP 2016). I've been married to my best friend for over 31 years and we have two well adjusted adult children who teach me something new everyday. I live in Rockville, Maryland.

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