Reflections on the Montgomery College Peacebuilding Community College Seminar

Some of the participants at the American Red Cross Photo Courtesy: Danielle Stescki - Montgomery College Television
Some of the participants at the American Red Cross
Photo Courtesy: Danielle Stescki – Montgomery College Television

The faculty attending “Teaching About Global Conflict and Peacebuilding: A Seminar for Community College Faculty” have returned back to their campuses to implement ideas and inspirations they obtained at the seminar.   A few have provided reflections on the seminar…

“This conference was a comprehensive feast of ideas, materials, and reasons for hope regarding teaching and institutionalizing peace-building in community colleges.  I was a newcomer to teaching peace the day before this wonderful intensive 4-full-day seminar, attended by faculty teams from all over the country, and emerged full of theoretical and practical knowledge on all levels – from the curriculum of interpersonal peace-building to ways of meaningfully connecting my students and courses to peace-building initiatives across the globe. It was particularly interesting to see the varied creative ways schools are making systemic commitments to peace-building curriculum.  The copious pages and bytes of well-tested classroom materials distributed at the conference were also welcome.”

– Marcia Bronstein, Montgomery College

“This was one of the best organized and most interesting, inspiring, and useful seminars I have attended.  I enjoyed all the speakers, and gained concrete knowledge and procedures to apply to my classes and in my program, and left feeling inspired and motivated to infuse peace education into all that I do. Thank you for such a valuable and intense experience”

Nancy Grass Hemmert, Santa Monica College

“The seminar was practical, stimulating, and transformative … the Global Conflict and Peacebuilding Seminar is






– Eric Belokon, Miami Dade College

“The seminar addressed the heart and mind.  I was intellectually stimulated as well as emotionally moved: a total experience”

Tina Feiger, Santa Monica College

“This seminar was a powerful clearinghouse of people, information and resources.  Indeed peacebuilding is a lifelong project of collaboration across sectors drawing insights from conflict resolution, human rights and international humanitarian law to promote a better world, centered on the dignity of the human body”

Maria Bryant, College of Southern Maryland

“Thank you very much for the impressive speaker lineup and quality of the seminar.   We left inspired and eager to implement some of the ideas in our institutions”

Aned Muniz, Santa Monica College

The program agenda can be found here: Teaching About Global Conflict and Peacebuilding, Agenda, 10.2013

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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