Third Day of the National Community College Peacebuilding Seminar

By: David J. Smith, October 19, 2014

Teaching peace,  case studies, nonviolent strategies, and human
rights were featured on the third day of National Community College Peacebuilding Seminar held on October

Colman McCarthy  preaching peace
Colman McCarthy preaching peace

The morning started with Colman McCarthy advocating for the need to teach peace studies.  He was followed by a presentation from representatives of  the Student Peace Alliance, Sally Kaplan and Dan Kahn.

Presentation by the Student Peace Alliance
Presentation by the Student Peace Alliance

During lunch, Karina Korostelina of George Mason University’s School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution discussed identity and the crisis in Ukraine.  She was followed by Hardy Merriman from the International Center on Nonviolence Conflict who presented a mock lesson on teaching about nonviolent activism.   Jean Schindler then shared about the opportunities for students participating in the Emergent Leaders Network.

Jean Schindler
Jean Schindler
Google chat with Lindsay Padilla from Solano Community College
Google chat with Lindsay Padilla from Solano Community College

In the afternoon, Rhonda Fitzgerald engaged participants in activities that might be used in a Sustained Dialogue training.  This was followed by several faculty who attended last year’s program talking about what they are doing at their colleges.   This was followed by Lindsay Padilla for the Stanford Human Rights Education Initiative talking about her approaches to teaching human rights.  The day ended with Nabil Al-Tikriti from the University of Mary Washington discussing the work of Médecins Sans Frontières.

Nabil Al-Tikriti of the University of Mary Washington
Nabil Al-Tikriti of the University of Mary Washington

Coffee breaks were sponsored by  Street Law, Inc. and CCID: Community Colleges for International Development, Inc..

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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