This fantastic resource - developed by Dr. Elspeth Macdonald at the National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies (NCPACS) at The University of Otago, New Zealand - merges the fields of digital photography and peace education.
Using the Peace Education Lens illustrates the concepts of peace and violence and to highlight their potential influences on various fields of social and environmental study. Peace education aims to equip young people with the analytic skills necessary to develop peaceful perspectives on potential or actual conflict and/ or violence. School curricula often includes a range of topics related to peace education, such as:
Human rights education
Sustainability or environmental education
These broad topic areas provide opportunities to educate for peace. Peace education also focuses on the knowledge and skills related to peacefulness and nonviolence - education about peace. Education about peace aims to build knowledge and understanding about conflict and violence and about peacefulness and nonviolence – to understand concepts of negative and positive peace and the various types of direct and indirect violence.
Curricula across a range of topics can include content related to problems of violence and conflict and ways to develop and promote peaceful perspectives. It uses a critical pedagogy to develop understanding of multiple perspectives or viewpoints and to critically appraise these – to understanding “why things are the way they are, how they came to be, and what can be done to change them" (Teachers Without Borders). In peace education, the analogy of viewing though a lens has been widely used to describe the framing of perspectives related to conflict, violence and peacefulness. Taken further the concept of viewing though a critical or analytic lens incorporates the underlying critical pedagogy. Peace education can provide students with an analytic lens or series of analytic lenses to view and evaluate particular events and circumstances.
These lenses can be used view and evaluate situations of conflict and violence, peacemaking, and a range of social and environmental issues impacting on individuals, families, communities and societies. While the lens analogy has been commonly used by peace educators and scholars to describe the activity of focussing on violence and peacefulness, to date this description has not been operationalized. What tools can help educators teach about concepts of violence and peacefulness and assist students to explore perspectives surrounding particular events and circumstances?
A Message from Saybrook University President Dr. Mark Schulman – New Directions II Last May, I shared the first issue of New Directions, a report beginning a series of regular communications to our community on the current state of Saybrook and how I see our vision and priorities evolving. As we conclude our quadragennial (40th) anniversary year, I thought what better way to report on our...
My friends and colleagues, There is sage wisdom, when a project is involved, in the word "start". This is a re-birth of an idea: a place for artists and scholars working in sacred, mythic, and ritual performance and theatre. A sacred dancing ground, of sorts. This is broadly stated, because it is an emergent multidisciplinary field ranging from the visual arts, writing, composition, to the...
Postdoc and Doctoral Scholarships at the Leo Apostel Center for Interdisciplinary Studies: The annual call for applications for a Post-Doctoral Fellowship or a Doctoral Scholarship at the Leo Apostel Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies (Brussels Free University, Belgium) has been released. It offers a broad range of research fields including constructivism. More information can be found on...
The University of Pittsburgh Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences is once again offering up to eight postdoctoral fellowships in the humanities and social sciences for the academic year 2012-2013. Fellows will teach one course each semester, complete scholarly work, and participate in the academic and intellectual communities of the departments with which they are affiliated and...
Fellowships Available Penn State Institute for the Arts and Humanities Postdoctoral/MFA Fellowships: Being Humans12/21/2011
Penn State Institute for the Arts and Humanities Postdoctoral/MFA Fellowships: Being Humans 2012-13 For artists and humanists, these are extraordinary times: our sense of “the human” is undergoing remarkable transformations, with implications for the future of all life on the planet. But has “humanism” been part of the problem all along? How should we think differently...
Queen Mary University of London is Inviting Applications for a Lecturer in International Business. They are looking for candidates with a background in comparative international business, economic policy studies and/or Chinese and Indian industrial development. Deadline for applications is January 5, 2012. For more information: http://webapps.qmul.ac.uk/hr/vacancies/jobs.php?id=2723
Selene Kumin Vega, Ph.D. www.spiritmoving.com Workshops for Spring 2012: Exploring Psyche & Soma: Creative & Healing States of Consciousness May 5-6, 2012 (*CE) location tba north of San Francisco. Guiding the Journey: Facilitating Transformative Experiences May 7-11, 2012 (*CE) Earth Rise Retreat Center, IONS Campus, Petaluma, CA Both workshops are part of the Sacred Centers...
Earth Island Institute’s Sacred Land Film Project produces a variety of media and educational materials — films, videos, DVDs, articles, photographs, school curricula materials and Web site content — to deepen public understanding of sacred places, indigenous cultures and environmental justice. Their mission is to use journalism, organizing and activism to rekindle reverence for land, increase respect for cultural diversity, stimulate dialogue about connections between nature and culture, and protect sacred lands and diverse spiritual practices. For the last decade they have focused on the production and distribution of the documentary film, In the Light of Reverence. They are currently developing a four-part series on sacred places around the world, entitled Standing on Sacred Ground.