5th Annual National Community College Peacebuilding Seminar, October 20-23, 2017, Northern Virginia Community College, Registration Extended to 9/29 (Updated Agenda Items)

By: David J. Smith, August 30, 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 has been extended to Friday, 9/29.

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 seminar will include visiting DC-based organizers and groups focusing on issues of peace, conflict, and international affairs including the U.S. Institute of Peace, U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, and U.S. Department of State. Also planned is a National Parks Service tour of monuments on the west end of the Mall.   Speakers and presenters will come from a range of groups including the University for Peace, the Global Peace Index, George Mason University (looking at community college efforts), Global Campaign for Peace Education, Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, Georgetown University (looking at peace ecology), and the Alliance for Peacebuilding. New this year will be sessions on the incorporation of popular music and engaging students in outdoor based experiential education. The seminar will include time on Sunday to visit DC as well as a welcome dinner on Friday night.

Attendees will receive either a copy of Peacebuilding in Community Colleges: A Teaching Resource or Peace Jobs: A Student’s Guide to Starting a Career Working for Peace as part of their registration.

Registration information can be found here,or click the image below. If you have questions, contact David J. Smith at davidjsmith@davidjsmithconsulting.com.Screen Shot 2017-08-29 at 9.56.15 AM


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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