July/August Updates and News!
July/August 2017
Peacebuilding and Conflict Resolution
Dear colleague:

Hope you are enjoying the lazy days of summer! For me, the summer offers a chance to catch up on some needed reading, spend more time with family, and write. Washington has been particularly hot this summer, so I'm looking forward to traveling to Cape Breton Island for vacation next week!

I've offered a few DC based programs of late.   The summer is the time of the year when students visit to participate in leadership and policy related programs.  This month, I worked with the World Affairs Council and George Mason University to hold programs for high school students. 

I'm now starting to focus on fall traveling and the courses I will be teaching.  If you are interested in my visiting you this fall, now is the time to let me know. My current travel schedule is at end of this newsletter. 

Have a great summer!

Best regards, 

David J. Smith
July 25,  2017

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PHOTO CREDIT: Okavango River, by Lorenzo Choudhary-Smith,  Peace Corps/Namibia, July 2017    

Registration Now Open for the 5th Annual National Community College Peacebuilding Seminar, October 20-23, 2017 

The  5th Annual National Community College Peacebuilding Seminar “Teaching About Global Conflict and Peacebuilding”  will be held October 20-23, 2017 at Northern Virginia Community College in Alexandria, VA.   Attendance is limited to 40 . Registration closes 9/8.  The seminar is designed as an opportunity for educators interested in and working in community colleges to build capacity for teaching about conflict and peace-related issues. Faculty (full and part-time), administrators, and staff from community colleges are invited to attend.  In addition, educators and graduate students interested in community college work, are also invited to attend.   This is the only national educational program for community college professionals in Washington, DC that examines issues of peacebuilding, conflict resolution, international affairs, social justice, war, and violence.  Educators from all academic fields are invited.  In the past, educators from the social sciences, humanities, health sciences, business, arts, and natural and mathematical sciences have attended.  Internationals are welcome, however, they must pay the cost of attendance including all travel expenses and the registration fee of $300.  You can read about last year's seminar here.

Forage Center for Peacebuilding and Humanitarian Education November 2017 Coastal Hope Simulation

The Forage Center for Peacebuilding and Humanitarian Education, Inc. has for 16 years (through its predecessor groups) offered a multi-day simulation for those interested in experiencing what it would be like to work in a humanitarian crisis characterized by conflict and natural disaster. If you are engaged in or teaching in fields where knowing about refugees, international law, conflict, global health, culture, militarization, disaster assistance,  team building, and group dynamics are important, than you might consider joining us for  the Coastal Hope Field exercise (formerly the Atlantic Promise Field Exercise) in Fellsmere, Florida. Our upcoming simulation will be held November 2-5, 2017 in Fellsmere.   This  is not your typical professional development activity! You would be joined by up to 20 professionals and graduate students, as well as 40 role players, where you will role play as a member of a non-governmental organization charged with responding to an international crisis. You will live like NGO workers for 4 days  - sleeping bags, austere conditions,  bland food. This will be a learning experience that you will not soon forgot!  If you are interested, contact the Forage Center for more information. Read here about our recent March field program.

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Free Online USIP Introduction to Peacebuilding Course
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Information Age Publishing has recently reduced the price of Peace Jobs to make it more affordable to students.  It is now available for $33.99.  It can also be ordered in a  Kindle edition .   
Career Coaching

Are you looking to make a career change in 2017 and looking at the international education,  peacebuilding or conflict resolution fields?  I am career coaching younger and mid-career professionals who are looking to make change. 

"Those who are free of resentful thoughts surely find peace."
Upcoming Talks, Workshops, and Programs

University of San Diego, Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice, September 22, 2017

Austin Community College, Austin, TX, October 10-11, 2017

Association for Conflict Resolution Conference, Dallas, TX,

October 11-14, 2017

5th Annual National Community College Peacebuilding Seminar, Northern Virginia Community College, Alexandria, VA,

October 20-23, 2017

Peace and Justice Association conference, University of Alabama, Birmingham, AL, October 26-27, 2017

Field Exercise Coastal Hope, Fellsmere, FL, November 2-5, 2017

Dawson College, Montreal, QC, November 8, 2017

Association for Experiential Education, Montreal, QC, November 9-11, 2017

University of Maryland, College Park, MD, November 14, 2017

Northern Virginia Community College, Annandale, VA,

November 17, 2017

Penn State University, State College, PA, February 22, 2018

Let me know if you are interested in a visit!

David J. Smith Consulting | davidjsmith@davidjsmithconsulting.com| http://davidjsmithconsulting.com