By David J. Smith, February 17, 2015

Since 2011, Harper College in Palatine, Illinois (suburban Chicago) has sponsored an international education summit for staff, faculty, and students. Past summits have focused on faculty development, comprehensive internationalization, and language study.

This year’s summit will be held Friday, March 6, 2015.   The theme will be “Peacebuilding as a Framework for Campus Internationalization.” I am honored to be the keynote speaker. The event starts at 8:30 a.m. and ends at 2:45 p.m. I will speak on “Purposeful International Education: Using a Peacebuilding Frame to Advance Global Objectives in Community Colleges.”

Afternoon sessions include:

Dr. Susan Russell from Northern Illinois University speaking on “Global Peace and Conflict Studies: Making Non-Violence Relevant for American College Students.”

Dr. Mary Trujillo from North Park University talking on “Transformative Teaching: Peace Studies Meets General Education.”

Dr. Andrea Molnar from Northern Illinois University presenting on “The Role of Peace Education in Conflict Transformation and Peace Building.”

Dr. Cris Toffolo from Northeastern Illinois University speaking on “Teaching Human Rights.”

The conference is not limited Harper faculty and staff, but is open to all. Conference information can found here. Contact Dr. Richard Johnson at rjohnson@harpercollege.edu for registration information.