9th Annual National Community College Virtual Peacebuilding Seminar

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The 9th Annual National Community College Peacebuilding Seminar will be held October 29-30, November 5-6, and November 12-13, 2021 – all Fridays and Saturdays. Like the 2020 seminar, the program will be all virtual, and take place 2-3 hours each of the days of the conference.

The 2020 event brought together nearly 60 faculty, students, and administrators to consider issues of peacebuilding, social justice, and public health. More about the 2020 event is here including video archives.

The 2021 seminar will again be co-sponsored by David J. Smith Consulting, LLC and the Forage Center for Peacebuilding and Humanitarian Education, Inc.

For full-time and part-time educators, the registration fee is $80, which must be paid in advance of the seminar. Graduate students will be charged $25, and undergraduate (including community college) students can attend free of charge. Students this year can attend any session they like.

Registration is now open! Go here to register. Registration will close on October 22. If you have questions about the program, registration, or possibly presenting, contact Kate Fergus at the Forage Center (kate@foragecenter.org).

This year’s agenda is below:

OCTOBER 29 & 30, 2021

All times are Eastern Time
Fri., 10/2912:00-12:15David J. Smith
Forage Center/David J. Smith, LLC/George Mason University
Overview, Welcome, Introduction
 12:15-1:00Jessica Duque
Institute for Economics & Peace
Understanding the Pillars of Positive Peace
Jessica will share the latest findings and trends on violence and creating positive peace
Fri., 10/291:00-1:15Q&A/Break 
 1:15-2:00Ahmad Shah Karimi
Afghanistan Youth Empowerment & Peacebuilding Organization
Peacebuilding in Afghanistan: My Story and Journey in Time of Crisis
Ahmad will share the work of his NGO and his recent journey from Afghanistan
Sat., 10/3012:00-12:15David J. SmithReview 
 12:15-1:00Kira Hamman
Urban-Rural Action
Jennifer Haydel Montgomery College
Diane McMahon
Allegany College of Maryland
Logan Grubb
Urban Rural Action
Urban-Rural Food Security Collaboration
Kira and her colleagues will share about the collaboration between a rural and urban Maryland community college on the issue of food security
Sat., 10/301:00-1:15Q&A/Break 
 1:15-2:00David J. SmithA Career in Peacebuilding: A Discussion of Career Pathways
David will share thoughts on career pathways for both students and faculty

NOVEMBER 5 & 6, 2021 

All times are Eastern Time
Fri., 11/512:00-12:15David J. SmithReview and Questions
 12:15-1:00Flavio Bollag
Outward Bound Peacebuilding
Outward Bound Peacebuilding
Flavio will share how experiential education can promote peace and lead us in some activities
Fri., 11/51:00-1:15Q&A/Break 
 1:15-2:00Whitney McIntyre Miller
Chapman University
Integral Peace Leadership
Whitney will look at how peace leadership can be a learning tool in the classroom
Sat., 11/612:00-12:15David J. SmithReview and Questions
 12:15-1:00Patricia Romano
Kim Simard
Sue Elmslie
Dawson College
Bringing the Theory and Practice of Social Change into the Classroom
Pat, Sue, and Kim will consider ways of navigating issues of cynicism, resistance, and trauma with students
Sat., 11/61:00-1:15Q&A/Break
 1:15-2:00Holly Rosewood
Pulitzer Center
Documentary Journalism and Social Change
Holly will screen “Flamenco Queer,” which looks at the world of flamenco in drag, and share opportunities for educators and students at the Pulitzer Center
NOVEMBER 12 & 13, 2021 
All times are Eastern Time
Fri., 11/1212:00-12:15David J. SmithReview & Questions
 12:15-1:00G. B. SwannA Rebel’s Ramblings
Swan will share his journey from extremism and fundamentalism to becoming a peace activist and student
Fri., 11/121:00-1:15Q&A/Break
 1:15-2:45Lauren Krizner Fischer
U.S. State Department/
National Museum of American Diplomacy
Sat., 11/1312:00-12:15David J. SmithReview and Questions
 12:15-1:00Michael Sonnleitner
Portland Community College

Building Peace and Conflict Studies Programs to Last
Michael will share his experiences in establishing the first peace studies program in a U.S. community college over 40 years ago
Sat., 11/131:00-1:15Q&A/Break 
 1:15-2:00David J. SmithMoving Forward


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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