By: David J. Smith, February 28, 2017
The 5th Annual National Community College Peacebuilding Seminar “Teaching About Global Conflict and Peacebuilding” will be held October 20-23, 2017 at Northern Virginia Community College in Alexandria, VA. It is hosted by the NOVA Institute for Public Service. Registration is limited to 40. Registration closes 9/8.
The seminar is designed as an opportunity for educators interested in and working in community colleges to build capacity for teaching about conflict and peace-related issues. Faculty (full and part-time), administrators, and staff from community colleges are invited to attend. In addition, educators and graduate students interested in community college work, are also invited to attend. This is the only national educational program for community college professionals in Washington, DC that examines issues of peacebuilding, conflict resolution, international affairs, social justice, war, and violence. Educators from all academic fields are invited. In the past, educators from the social sciences, humanities, health sciences, business, arts, and natural and mathematical sciences have attended. Internationals are welcome, however, they must pay the cost of attendance including all travel expenses and the registration fee of $300. There are no scholarships.
The final agenda will be posted in early August. It is anticipated that two days of the seminar will include visiting DC-based organizers and groups focusing on issues of peace, conflict, and international affairs. In the past the seminar has visited the U.S. Institute of Peace, U.S. Agency for International Development, U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, U.S. Department of State, and Organization of American States. Speakers have come from a range of groups including Sustained Dialogue, the Global Peace Index, George Mason University, the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, Georgetown University, and the Alliance for Peacebuilding.