Seminar on Peace and Global Civil Society

Annual Conference & ExpoNAFSA 2018 Call for Proposals

Evolving Roles and Responsibilities of International Higher Education in Peacebuilding

May 27-28, 2018 | Philadelphia, PA

The higher education community often finds itself in the midst of conflict as either target or as mediator. What roles should faculty, staff, and administrators play in alleviating conflict? What responsibilities do they have, and what actions can be taken to build sustainable peace?

The NAFSA Seminar on Peace & Global Civil Society brings together international educators with scholars and practitioners of peacebuilding. This NAFSA Signature Program will feature powerful stories and examples of how higher education communities around the world have taken – and are taking on – the peacebuilding role, and have worked together across political and national boundaries to build peace and rebuild societies.

From promoting dialogue in Northern Ireland that diminishes internecine conflict, to countering violent extremism in Iraq and rebuilding a sustainable economy in Colombia. Participants will engage with experts on peacebuilding and conflict resolution, exploring how these agents of change in the international higher education sector have learned how to offer resources to promote social justice and heal trauma, develop safes spaces for dialogue, and provide education that helps end conflict.

NAFSA thanks Teachers College, Columbia University; International Students and Scholars Office/Columbia University; and New York University, Office of Global Services for their generous support of this event. NAFSA also thanks Queen's University Belfast for providing a travel grant for this event.

History of the Event

NAFSA believes international education is a powerful tool to create understanding and respect among people of diverse backgrounds and perspectives, build leadership for the global community, and serve as a crucial means of developing an interconnected world. The annual NAFSA Seminar on Peace and the Global Civil Society is a NAFSA Signature Program that brings together scholars and practitioners in peacebuilding with international educators, providing international educators with the opportunity to engage in global learning and incorporate the ideals, theories, and practices of peacebuilding into educational programming with the goal of promoting a more peaceable global civil society.

The seminar complements conference sessions, online discussions, and other NAFSA events that encourage global learning. It provides a venue for educators to become more attentive to the implications of their work and of person-to-person global engagement. It encourages them to understand more completely how their actions affect both global and local communities and how programming can address the world’s pressing issues surrounding peace.

The seminar was originally named after Ron Moffatt, a past NAFSA president who was a tireless campaigner for peace and justice education through international education and advocate for international education as a peacebuilding enterprise.

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