Scottsdale Community College Peacebuilding Seminar Attracts Over 150 During 2 Days

During April 11-12, 2014 Scottsdale Community College (AZ), part of the Maricopa Community College District, hosted

Friday's attendance was over 100
Listening to a talk about genocide
Refugee camp
Designing a refugee camp

as part of its Genocide Awareness Week “Examining Genocide and Violence Through a Peacebuildng Lens.”  Organized and facilitated by David J. Smith, the seminar brought together educators from local middle schools, high schools, and community colleges.   In addition,  students and organizations interested in genocide and peacebuilding education also attended.   During the 2 days over 150 individuals participated.

The program featured presentations and workshops from a range of organizations including International Rescue Committee, Metta Center for Nonviolence, Teachers Without Borders, and the Stanford Human Rights Education Initiative.

Presentations were made on the Armenian genocide, international humanitarian law, peace education, and human rights. Educators were encouraged to use the seminar as an opportunity to develop

Scottsdale CC Part 1 2014
Agenda for the first day

modules, activities, and lesson plans on teaching peacebuilding.

Highlights of the program included Cindy Epperson from St. Louis Community College leading the participants in an activity where they designed refugee displacement camps (see video below).   David J. Smith engaged students in a peacebuilding exercise where they considering personal definitions of peace and conflict.

On Friday evening, local Burundian drummers performed (see video below) and the college hosted a production of  “I New Saw Another Butterfly” written by Celeste Raspanti.



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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