8th Annual National Community College Peacebuilding Virtual Seminar

Fridays & Saturdays

(2-3 hours each day)

October 30 – 31, 2020

November 6 – 7, 2020

November 13 – 14, 2020

Since 2013, educators and students interested in the critical role that community colleges play in higher education have met in the Washington, DC area to learn, share, and experience on a range of topics including peacebuilding, conflict, human rights, social justice, peace education, international affairs, and nonviolence. Due to the current pandemic, this year’s seminar will be held virtually using Zoom as a means of presenting and sharing.

The seminar will be held on three consecutive Fridays and Saturdays from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time. The seminar will feature 12 – 45 minute sessions. The focus of most sessions will be social justice and public health issues within a peacebuilding context. 

This year’s seminar will be sponsored jointly by the Forage Center for Peacebuilding and Humanitarian Education, Inc., a 501c3 corporation advancing experiential-based learning on humanitarian and peacebuilding practices, and David J. Smith Consulting, LLC, a DC based consultancy. 

For full-time and part-time educators, the registration fee will be $80.00 which must be paid in advance of the seminar.  Graduate students will be charged a fee of $25.00 for the seminar. Undergraduate (including community college) students will be able to attend free of charge (but be limited to specific sessions).

U.S. based educators for all sectors and international educators and students are invited to attend.

The seminar has been featured in Community College Daily, on Montgomery College TV, and in the NOVA Intercom.

The final agenda is below. Students (undergraduate) are permitted to attend the sessions that are in blue.

The seminar will be video and audio recorded and shared publicly after the program. Participant names and emails will be shared with all attendees and presenters (but not the public).

OCTOBER 30 & 31, 2020

All times are Eastern Time
Fri., 10/3012:00-12:15David J. Smith
Forage Center/David J. Smith, LLC/George Mason University
Overview, Welcome, Introduction
 12:15-1:00Jessica Duque
Institute for Economics & Peace
The State of Peacefulness Today.
What do we know and what can we learn from it?
Fri., 10/301:00-1:15Q&A/Break 
 1:15-2:00David J. Smith (moderator), Heather Payne & Ninette Irabaruta
Forage Center Alum (panelists)
A Career in Peacebuilding? A Student Workshop
Sat., 10/3112:00-12:15David J. SmithReview 
 12:15-1:00Daryn Cambridge
Training Resources Group, Inc./American University
What Is the “Beloved Community” Anyway?: Peace Education as Human Potential
Sat., 10/311:00-1:15Q&A/Break 
 1:15-2:00Jess Bonnan-White
Forage Center/Stockton University
Using Humanitarian Competencies in Humanitarian Work

NOVEMBER 6 & 7, 2020 (see changes)

All times are Eastern Time
Fri., 11/612:00-12:15David J. Smith Review and Questions
 12:15-1:00Ana Cutter Patel
Outward Bound Peacebuilding
Virtual Connecting for Social Justice  
Fri., 11/6

This session has been rescheduled for Friday, 11/13 @ 11: 15 ET
Dave Ragland
The Truth Telling Project
Advancing Social Justice
Sat., 11/7
12:00-12:15David J. SmithReview and Questions
 12:15-1:00Patricia Romano
Kim Simard
Resist Violence Project/Dawson College
Embracing Social Change: Depolarizing the Classroom through Art and Nonviolence
Sat., 11/71:00-1:15David J. SmithReview and Questions
 1:15-2:00Julia Delafield
University for Peace
Global Citizenship Education: A Pathway to Empathy Building and Peace
2:00-2:15David J. SmithReview and Questions
Katie Zanoni
San Diego City College/U. of San Diego/San Diego State U.
Fran Faraz
Golden West College
Co-creating A Virtual Community for Peace and Social Justice Education

NOVEMBER 13 & 14, 2020 (see changes)

All times are Eastern Time
Fri., 11/13

New session
11:15-12:00Dave Ragland
The Truth Telling Project
Advancing Social Justice
Fri., 11/1312:00-12:15 David J. SmithBreak/Review & Questions
 12:15-1:00Holly Piepenburg
Pulitzer Center
Documentary Journalism and Social Change  
Fri., 11/131:00-1:15David J. SmithBreak/Review and Questions 
 1:15-2:45Lauren Krizner Fischer
U.S. State Department/
National Museum of American Diplomacy
Global Public Health Simulation
Sat., 11/1412:00-12:15David J. SmithReview and Questions
 12:15-1:00Tiara Moultrie
New Jersey Institute for Social Justice 
From Recovery to Resilience and Reconciliation: The Impact of COVID-19 on Communities of Color
Sat., 11/141:00-1:15Break 
 1:15-2:00David J. Smith Moving Forward

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