Harper College Hosts 5th Annual International Education Summit

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.


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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