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Special Programs - Peace and Conflict: Global to Local Connections in Teaching

A K-12 Educator Development Opportunity

Global Studies Summer Institute

July 25-27, 2007 (Please note that this is a three day workshop)

Iraq, Sudan, Afghanistan...  Daily news accounts reflect the persistence of global conflict in the 21st century.   This year's Global Studies Summer Institute (GSSI) will highlight the multiple dimensions of conflict and peacebuilding, and the implications of global conflict for Wisconsin's families, schools, and communities.  During the 3-day program, we will examine numerous historical and contemporary conflicts around the world and explore the diverse economic, social, environmental and other impacts of conflict on societies.  Participants will also learn about the critical processes for building comprehensive and sustainable peace.  Teaching applications across curricular areas and grade levels will be integrated throughout the program.

Confirmed speakers include:

Steve Smith, former political affairs officer with the United Nations Observer Mission to Congo (MONUC) and consultant on conflict resolution and post conflict recovery

Robert Ricigliano, international peace mediator and director of the Institute of World Affairs

Dr. Gay Reinartz, Director, Bonobo and Congo Biodiversity Initiative, Zoological Society of Milwaukee, with a case study of conflict and biodiversity

Bob Peterson, Editor of Rethinking Schools and Fifth grade teacher, La Escuela Fratney

Nancy Pearson, Center for Victims of Torture, on approaches to healing and justice in post-conflict settings

Dr. Aaron Buseh, UW-Milwaukee School of Nursing, on the public health impacts of civil conflct

Program Overview


Day One

On the first day of the program, we will examine one or more conflicts in depth.  Participants will discover the factors that create or contribute to conflict.  We will also discuss the multi-dimensional impacts of war, including economic, social and environmental costs.

Day Two

During the second day of GSSI, we will look at how societies rebuild after conflict.  Through case studies and analysis of successful peace initiatives, we will learn about peace processes and explore issues of justice, reconciliation, and post-conflict reconstruction.

Day Three

On the last day, participants will focus on curricular applications.  Participants will hear from area educators about relevant curriculum materials they use, and identify ways to incorporate peace and conflict issues in the classroom.  Due to interest in last year's session on children's literature, we will also feature a session on how global children?s literature can be used to teach about peace and conflict.

Bringing the World into the Classroom


The Global Studies Summer Institute (GSSI) is a three-day program for K-12 educators focused on contemporary global issues and their practical applications for the classroom. GSSI features informative presentations by global educators, university experts, and international affairs practitioners, and provides a forum for exchanging ideas and experiences integrating global education across the curriculum.
Each Institute offers area educators the opportunity to:

  • Attend lectures and video conferences with prominent experts on global issues
  • Explore local connections to global themes
  • Learn from teachers who are integrating global education in the classroom
  • Receive an extensive collection of curricular and informational resources aligned with Wisconsin's Model Academic Standards
  • Network with other educators interested in international issues
  • Incorporate international awareness into professional development planning
  • Earn Independent Study Graduate Credit (Full tuition fees apply)


July 25, 2007
Hefter Conference Center
3271 N. Lake Dr
Milwaukee ,WI 53211
Basic Members: $95.00
Premium & Above Members: $95.00
Non-Members: $95.00
Students: $95.00
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