Preparations Underway for 3rd Annual National Community College Peacebuilding Seminar, October 23-26, 2015, Northern Virginia Community College, Alexandria, VA

By: David J. Smith, August 18, 2015

Preparations are underway for the 3rd Annual National Community College Peacebuilding Seminar to be held October 23-26, 2015 at Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) in Alexandria, VA. This is the largest gathering of community college professionals who focus on peacebuilding and conflict resolution efforts.   Last year’s program brought together 35 faculty and professionals from 16 community colleges in 12 states.   A equal number is expected this year.  Enrollment  is capped at 40.

Visiting USIP during the 2nd National Community College Peacebuilding Seminar
Visiting USIP during the 2nd National Community College Peacebuilding Seminar

The seminar focuses on examining issues of conflict, war, peace, violence, human rights, and related issues and how they can be addressed in community colleges.   The program has a strong experiential component with participants engaged in opportunities to experience pedagogical models for teaching as well as provided with the chance to develop their own materials and exercises.

The program starts on Friday morning, October 23, 2015, and ends Monday afternoon, October 26, 2015. Friday and Monday of the program focuses on visiting DC area organizations and agencies. Saturday and Sunday are based at NOVA.

Visits confirmed include:

  • U.S. Agency for International Development
  • U.S. Diplomacy Center of the U.S. Department of State
  • U.S. Institute of Peace
  • U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum

Organizations and individuals presenting include:

  • Global Peace Index
  • Truth Telling Project
  • The Peace Alliance
  • Colman McCarthy
  • USIP

In addition,  experts looking at violent extremism, the Confederate Flag/Monuments controversary, and human rights will present.  The film Beneath the Blindfold will be shown on Saturday, October 24. All those attending will receive a copy of Peacebuilding in Community Colleges: A Teaching Resource.

Registration and hotel information can be found here.  The registration fee is $300.  Registration will close on September 28, 2015. For more information contact David J. Smith at

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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