Webinar: Study Abroad as Peace Pedagogy, 12/10/19, Kent State University

Peace pedagogy is a normative approach to teaching and learning that aims to reduce violence in all its forms.  To best understand peace pedagogy, one must understand the full spectrum of violence that affects the world.  In positive peace theory, violence indicates more than direct physical harm; rather, violence constitutes any situation where systemic, societal, economic, political, or interpersonal factors affect the ability of a person to live with comprehensive human dignity.  Study abroad as peace pedagogy can be an applied approach to the framework outlined above.  Study abroad as peace pedagogy uses the platform of educational travel and experiential learning in a cross cultural setting as an introduction to the moral-political methods of peace education.  At the core of study abroad as peace pedagogy rests themes of anti-racism and cultural humility that combat the post-colonial framework of international relations. Consistent with the five primary foci of peace education, study abroad as peace pedagogy manifests in relevant ways within a contemporary context. This webinar will introduce the framework of peace pedagogy and the application of study abroad as peace pedagogy. 

Presenter:  Sarah Schmidt is the Assistant Director of Global Education Initiatives at Kent State University at Stark.  Her master’s degree is from American University in Ethics, Peace, and Global Affairs with a concentration in human rights and Islamic political movements.  Sarah’s current area of research includes peace education and peace pedagogy.  She is a PhD candidate in Cultural Foundations of Education at Kent State University.

The webinar will be December 10 starting at 12 p.m. (noon).

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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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