Peacebuilding Seminar Part of Scottsdale Community College’s Genocide Awareness Week, April 2014

April 7-12, 2014 Scottsdale Community College will host its annual Genocide Awareness Week in Scottsdale, AZ.  This program provides an opportunity to raise awareness of genocide, oppression and violent conflict both globally and in the U.S.   Community college faculty, secondary school educators, students and the public will gather to hear from presenters on an array of topics including Japanese Internment during World War II, 20th century mass atrocities including the Bosnian, Rwandan, and Armenian genocides, and domestic and global terrorism.  Speakers include U.S. Ambassadors David Dunn, Douglas Hartwick and Harry Thomas, Jr., Rev. John Fife and Rev. Ken Kennon from the Sanctuary Movement, and Steven Luckert from the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum.  The program includes cultural, artistic, and media performances.

This year’s program will feature a 2-day seminar on April 11-12 that will focus on peacebuilding awareness.  Coordinated by David J. Smith, editor of Peacebuilding in Community Colleges: A Teaching Resource, this workshop will focus on responses to violence based in peacebuilding approaches including humanitarian law, refugee placement, peace education, human rights, and nonviolence. Educators, students and the public the program will focus on approaches that can be use to respond to atrocities and violence and ways to better prepare youth and the public to become global peacebuilders.  Presenters during this program include Stephanie Knox Cubbon from Teachers Without Borders and the Metta Center for Nonviolence, Daniel Rothenberg from Arizona State University, Jon Vosper from the International Rescue Committee, Cindy Epperson from St. Louis Community College, and Lindsay Padilla and Jeramy Wallace from the Stanford Human Rights Education Initiative.

For most information on Genocide Awareness Week at Scottsdale Community College (including the peacebuilding seminar) contact John Liffiton 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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