Peace Is Your Day Job, Talk at the Spark Matsunaga Institute, 3/11/20

University of Hawaii/Manoa

This past week (3/11/20) I visited the Spark M. Matsunaga Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. It was small gathering at the institute’s office hosted by José Barzola and Maya Soetoro-Ng. I shared with them ideas on advancing a career in the field. I’ve long known about the institute since my days at USIP. Sen. Matsunaga was a leader in the establishment of USIP in the 1980s.

With Maya Soetoro-Ng

The institute supports an undergraduate program, graduate certificate, and Peace Corps Prep program for undergrads.

I was glad to visit and looking forward to working more with the program, possibly online.


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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