Annual Conference & ExpoProposals

Transcending Boundaries to Build a Global Civil Society: The Role of International Education

Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies at the University of San Diego
May 30–June 1, 2014

The NAFSA Ron Moffatt Seminar honors the memory of a NAFSA past president who was deeply committed to strengthening the connections between international education and the building of a global civil society. Ron Moffatt served for more than 20 years promoting the exchange of students and scholars at San Diego State University. He championed the cause of peace and justice and worked tirelessly to promote the contribution of international education in building a better world.

The seminar will bring together thought leaders and practitioners in peace building, reconciliation, and conflict resolution, and educators focused on teaching and facilitating transnational education, to explore how educators can help students find their place in and develop a commitment to a global civil society. Presentations and participant discussions will focus on the resolution of sectarian barriers and conflicts, as well as those surrounding resource disparities and issues of sustainability. Seminar participants will explore in depth the role that international educators can play to contribute to understanding and overcoming barriers and conflicts.


Register now with the link on the right. On-site registration for the NAFSA Ron Moffatt Seminar on Peace and the Global Civil Society is available only until 11:30 a.m. on Friday, May 30, at the conference registration area in the San Diego Convention Center.


Friday, May 30 Afternoon NAFSA Plenary Address
Evening Seminar Welcome Remarks
Saturday, May 31 Morning Sectarian Conflicts and Resolutions: Presentations and Discussions
Afternoon Scarce Resources Conflicts and Resolutions: Presentations and Discussions
Sunday, June 1 Morning

The Role of International Educators in Building Students’ Commitment to the Global Civil Society

Shuttle Schedule

Date Depart Marriott for Kroc Institute Depart Kroc Institute for Marriott
Friday, May 30 6:30 p.m. 8:45 p.m.
Saturday, May 31 7:30 a.m. 5:45 p.m.
Sunday, June 1 7:00 a.m. 12:15 p.m.*

* shuttle will also be available to go to the San Diego airport.

Keynote Speaker

Michael Ignatieff, PhD, is a professor of practice at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He is a Canadian writer, teacher, and former politician. He holds a doctorate in history from Harvard University and has held academic posts at Kings College, Cambridge, and at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. He served in the Parliament of Canada and was leader of the Liberal Party of Canada. His books include The Needs of Strangers, (1984), Scar Tissue, (1992), Blood and Belonging, (1993) The Warriors Honour, (1997) Isaiah Berlin, (1998) The Rights Revolution, (2000) Human Rights as Politics and Idolatry, (2001), The Lesser Evil: Political Ethics in an Age of Terror, (2004). He holds a joint professorial appointment at the Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto, and at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.


Roger-Mark De Souza is the director of population, environmental security, and resilience for the Wilson Center. He leads programs on climate change resilience, reproductive and maternal health, environmental security, and livelihoods, including the Center’s Global Sustainability and Resilience Program, Environmental Change and Security Program, and Maternal Health Initiative. Previously, De Souza was Population Action International’s vice president of research and director of PAI’s climate program. From 2007 to 2010, he was the director of foundation and corporate relations at the Sierra Club, and before that, he directed Population Reference Bureau’s Population, Health, and Environment Program.

Michael Klare is the Five College Professor of Peace and World Security Studies, a joint appointment at Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount College, Smith College, and the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, a position he has held since 1985. Professor Klare has written widely on U.S. foreign policy, the arms trade, and international resource politics. He is the author or coauthor of 14 books, including Resource Wars (2001), Blood and Oil (2004), Rising Powers, Shrinking Planet (2008), and The Race for What’s Left (2012). He has also written for many journals, including Current History, Foreign Affairs, Harper’s, Le Monde Diplomatique, Newsweek, and Scientific American.

Karen L. Murphy, PhD, is the international director for Facing History and Ourselves, an international educational and professional development NGO. Murphy oversees Facing History’s program development and implementation in countries outside the United States and Canada. She has a particular interest in countries emerging from mass violence and/or in transition, and she has done work within and on Bosnia, Colombia, Mexico, Northern Ireland, Rwanda, and South Africa. She is particularly interested in the role that educational interventions play in the development of stability and peaceful coexistence. Murphy has also published journal articles, presented papers, and lectured on the (often neglected) role of education in transitional justice processes. She is on the board of New Haven Academy, a Connecticut-based public school, Shikaya, a human rights NGO in South Africa, and the Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies Network. Murphy is also a member of the Technical Expert Group for the Inter-Agency Network for Education in Emergencies, on the editorial board of Intercultural Education, and she is codirecting a multiyear research project studying youth and civic engagement in the United States, Northern Ireland, and South Africa funded by the Spencer Foundation.

Dr. Necla Tschirgi is professor of practice in human security and peacebuilding at the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies at the University of San Diego and coexecutive editor of the Journal of Peacebuilding and Development. A native of Turkey, Dr. Tschirgi received her BA and MA in political science at the American University of Beirut and her PhD in political economy at the University of Toronto. Her international career has spanned research, policy analysis, and teaching at the intersection of security and development. Prior to joining the Kroc School, Dr. Tschirgi served as an in-house consultant/senior policy adviser with the Peacebuilding Support Office at the United Nations Secretariat in New York from 2007 to 2009. Previously, she was the vice president of the International Peace Academy (IPA) in New York where she also led IPA’s Security-Development Nexus research program from 2001-2005. Her recent publications include: “Securitization and Peacebuilding” in the Routledge Handbook of Peacebuilding (2013); Security and Development: Searching for Critical Connections, edited with Michael S. Lund and Francesco Mancini (Lynne Rienner Publications, 2010); “The Security-Politics-Development Nexus: The Lessons of State-building in Sub-Saharan Africa” (EU Working Paper, European University Institute, 2010); “The UN's Peacebuilding Commission: Escaping Path Dependency” (Working Paper prepared for the Centre for International Policy Studies and NUPI, 2010).


NAFSA thanks the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies, University of San Diego, for its generous support of this seminar.

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