Second Day of 2014 National Community College Peacebuilding Seminar Looks at International Humanitarian Law, Development of Peace and Conflict Studies, Promoting a Peace Agenda, Technology, and Film

By: David J. Smith, October 19, 2014

The second day of the National Community College Peacebuilding Seminar was held October 18 at Northern Virginia Community College/Alexandria.  The day included a range of presentations and experiential activities.

Welcome from Dr. Jimmie McClellan, Dean of Liberal Arts
Welcome from Dr. Jimmie McClellan, Dean of Liberal Arts

The program started with David Smith giving an overview of the field with a focus on peacebuilding in community colleges. Dominic Kiraly talked about using online learning to promote peacebuilding and shared about USIP’s Global Campus which provides free accessible courses for colleges and universities.   Allyson Neville-Morgan and Kaeley Pruitt-Hamm talked about the work of the Friends Committee on National Legislation in promoting a peace agenda.

Discussing online education
Discussing online education

Cindy Epperson from St. Louis Community College shared her experiences in teaching about international humanitarian law and human rights.  She is a former teaching fellow in the American Red Cross’ International Humanitarian Law program.

Approaches to teaching peace
Approaches to teaching peace

In the afternoon, two peace-related films were viewed.  Beyond the Divide, produced by Quiet Island Films was shown first. The film documents efforts to bridge differences between the peace and veterans communities in Missoula, MT. Afterwards Jan Selby, the produced/director, talked with the group.  She was joined by Dan Gallagher and Betsy Mulligan-Dague, the principal actors in the film.  This was followed by the Pultizer Center on Crisis Reporting showing Seeds of Hope, about violence against women in Africa. Jon Sawyer, Kem Knapp Sawyer, and Mark Schulte talked about the center’s work.

Skyping with the producer and actors from Beyond the Divide
Skyping with the producer and actors from Beyond the Divide

Today’s coffee break was sponsored by The Democracy Commitment.

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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