Preparations Underway for International Conference on Conflict Resolution Education, June 2014, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA

Preparations are now underway for the International Conference on Conflict Resolution Education to be held at George Mason University in Fairfax, VA in June 2014.   The main conference is set for June 13-14 and will feature nearly 100 presenters on a range of conflict resolution  and peacebuilding issues related to K-12 and higher education issues, both U.S. and globally focused.   The conference had previously been held at Cuyahoga Community College in Cleveland, but has been moved to northern Virginia to be closer to DC-based policymakers and NGOs working on education issues.

Pre-conference sessions will be held June 11-12 on restorative justice, trauma awareness, Sustained Dialogue, peer mediation and other issues in more extended full day and 2-day workshops.

The main conference, starting on Friday, June 13, will open with Dr. George A. Lopez, Vice President of the U.S.

George A. Lopez of USIP will be the keynote presenter on Friday, June 13
George A. Lopez of USIP will be the keynote presenter on Friday, June 13

Institute of Peace’s Academy for International Conflict Management and Peacebuilding, speaking on “The Multidimensional Challenge of Conflict Resolution Education in a Diverse World.”

Sessions on Friday, June 13 and Saturday, June 14 will consider conflict resolution education in the context of the conference theme: Developing and Implementing Culturally Inclusive Conflict Resolution Education Policies and Practices in K-12 and Higher Education. Of particular interest to community colleges are:

Friday, June 13, 10:15-11:45 a.m., Interdisciplinary Approaches to Teaching About Peacebuilding: Community College Models presented by Lena Choudhary (Anne Arundel Community College), Shirin Khosropour (Austin Community College), and David J. Smith (George Mason University, editor of Peacebuilding in Community Colleges: A Teaching Resource).

Friday, June 13, 2:00-3:30 p.m., Using Media As An Education Tool for Conflict Resolution presented by John Marks and Susan Koscis (Search for Common Ground).

Saturday, June 14, 10:15-11:45 a.m., Full Immersion Simulation as a Means for Providing Culturally-Sensitive Experiential Education: The Experiences of Atlantic Hope presented by Paul C. Forage (Indian River State College), David J. Smith (George Mason University), Mara Schoeny (George Mason University) and Cathryne Schmitz (University of North Carolina/Greensboro).

Saturday, June 14, 2:30-4:00 p.m., LGBTQ: Bias Awareness Programs in Educationally Diverse Environments presented by Priscilla A. Prutzman and Barbara A. Nagle (Creative Response to Conflict).

After the conference, a two-day workshop (June 15-16) will be held focusing on programmatic development at colleges and universities.  Titled College and University Seminar: Developing Peace and Conflict Studies Programs, this workshop, organized by Jennifer Batton (International Institute for Sustained Dialogue) and David J. Smith (George Mason University) will focus on approaches and strategies to building sustainable programs.

Information about the conference, including pre-conference and post-conference events, can be found here. Registration is now open.

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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