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Global Conflict & Peacebuilding Seminar at Montgomery College

SMC Global Citizenship was pleased to offer the following opportunity for faculty:

Global Conflict and Peacebuilding Seminar

Montgomery College (Maryland)

October 12-15, 2013

SMC Global Citizenship funded four full-time Faculty participants for a four-day Global Conflict and Peacebuilding Seminar hosted by Montgomery College from October 12-15.  The four-day intensive workshop was a timely professional development opportunity for the SMC Global Citizenship Annual Theme: Peace and Security: Managing Cnflict and Violence in a Turbulent World.
Here’s an excerpt about the SMC GC Annual theme:
“Like its predecessors, our fifth annual Global Citizenhip theme is presented as an open invitation to the campus, to be incorporated into various classes, events, and extracurricular activities throughout the year. Students, faculty, staff, and friends of the college are invited to interpret and explore the theme as a means of thinking and acting as global citizens.  Here is how the Global Citizenship Annual Theme was described on December's ballot:In San Francisco, 25 June 1945, delegates from around the world signed the Charter for the United Nations. Among the goals stated in this document are to “practice tolerance and live together in peace with one another as good neighbors, and to unite our strength to maintain international peace and security.” Needless to say, these goals elude us. What are the sources of our conflicts, from the interpersonal to the international, and what are the sources of the all-too-often violent means with which we try to resolve them? More importantly, can we envision solutions to our existing global conflicts, and what are some of the emerging conflicts for which we should prepare?”


Global Conflict and Peacebuilding Seminar (Montgomery College, Maryland)

Montgomery College in Germantown, Maryland in partnership with the International Humanitarian Law Program at the American Red Cross offered a 4-day seminar for community college faculty from October 12-15, 2013 (with an optional reception on October 11) on global peacebuilding.   This was a unique opportunity for faculty from across the U.S. to gather to explore issues of international conflict, peace, war, nonviolent approaches, humanitarian assistance, international law, and other issues that are increasingly important to address in “democracy’s colleges.”
The effort was being spearheaded by Jennifer Haydel, assistant professor of political science at Montgomery College, and David J. Smith, formerly of the U.S. Institute of Peace, and editor of Peacebuilding in Community Colleges:  A Teaching Resource, recently published by USIP Press. (Every participant received a copy of the book).
The seminar featured speakers and visits by representatives from a range of DC based entities that focus on global peacebuilding, including the U.S. Institute of Peace, Organization of American States, International Humanitarian Law Program at the American Red Cross, and others.   Most of the program was held at Montgomery College’s Germantown Campus (located just outside of Washington, DC).  However, one day of the program involved participants visiting DC based entities for briefings on their work.
Currently there is no other program based in Washington, DC that provides community college faculty with the opportunity to obtain an insider’s view of pressing issues of international conflict, as such, faculty teaching in an array of disciplines that consider global issues were encouraged to apply to the program.

Seminar Agenda

Saturday, October 12 (9am-5pm): Sessions focused on providing attendees with an overview about current research and pedagogies dealing with global conflicting, including presentations from David J. Smith, from the United States Institute of Peace, and from the Montgomery College Peace and Justice Studies Community
Sunday, October  13 (9am-5pm): Sessions focused on the contribution of arts to peacebuilding, student club opportunities focused on peacebuilding, non-violent social change, and the role of economic development in promoting peace. Speakers came from a variety of institutions, including the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict, Allegany College of Maryland, and Georgetown University
Monday, October 14 (8:30am-8:30pm): Sessions conducted by the American Red Cross Exploring Humanitarian Law Project. The focus of this day was on providing faculty with the Exploring Humanitarian Law Project resources that they can adapt to their classrooms. Because of the interdisciplinary nature of humanitarian work, these materials are applicable to a wide array of disciplines.
Tuesday, October 15 (9am-5pm in DC): Visit to the United States Institute of Peace, the Organization of American States, and the American Red Cross.

Application Information

The application period is now closed.  Please continue to check the Global Citizenship website for upcoming faculty events and opportunities.