Second Day of Seminar Examines Experiential Learning, Media, and Peace Education; Colman McCarthy Featured Speaker

The second day (October 13, 2013) of the seminar “Teaching About Global Conflict and Peacebuilding” focused on experiential

Peace educator Colman McCarthy discusses defense spending
Peace educator Colman McCarthy discusses defense spending

learning, media, and peace education.

David Smith discusses the growth of peace studies programs in community colleges
David Smith discusses the growth of peace studies programs in community colleges

The day started with a passionate talk by educator Colman McCarthy arguing for the teaching of peace and nonviolence.  McCarthy shared with the group his experiences interviewing Mother Teresa and working with students.   David Smith then followed and discussed the growth of peace studies programs in U.S. and Canadian community colleges.   He also discussed his book Peacebuilding in Community Colleges: A Teaching Resource.

After lunch, Claudia Maffettone presented on Soliya’s Connect program.   And Ned Lazarus from George Mason University discussed the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution’s FIPSE grant to improve experiential education.

Claudia Maffettone from Soliya
Claudia Maffettone from Soliya

The day ended with an evening presentation by Search for Common Ground’s Susan Koscis on  peace media. She screened  Under the Same Sun, Search for Common Ground’s 75 minute film about

Ned Lazarus from George Mason University
Ned Lazarus from George Mason University

the story of an Israeli and Palestinian businessperson promoting peace.   The film is a fictitious account set in the future.

Tomorrow’s (October 14) program will featured Arun Gandhi, grandson of Mahatma Gandhi/

Scene from "Under the Same Sun" Produced by Search for Common Grounds Production
Scene from Under the Same Sun Produced by Search for Common Grounds Production

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