As I watched the recent attack on the Charlie Hebdo publication in horror with everyone else, the role of deep historical memory, even historical trauma, was clear at a number of levels. The details of this specific attack are still unfolding, and in fact at least as I write, the attackers remain at large in an unfolding hostage situation. But the outlines of the context raise some questions, as well as possibilities for clarity and progress. …Continue
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Based on the data I present in my new book, oral history emerged as the most prominent and popular, as well as arguably the most effective, way teachers engaged their students in learning about 9/11. Several aspects made this a good fit for teachers wanting to engage their students beyond…Continue
Author's note: The below is an excerpt from my forthcoming book, Teaching Terror: 9/11 and Collective Memory in America's Classrooms. It will be available from Routledge early Aug.
One other important intersection between the literature on historical memory and the literature on peace education is Zembylas’s concept of critical emotional praxis (Zembylas 2008, Beckerman and Zembylas 2012). In his words, critical emotional praxis “creates openings for…Continue
“Boys will be boys”. Much has been written about this one, but times have not changed enough. Often deployed as a defense against poor male behavior, what a shame that we still hear it as a defense against harassment (as in the case of Schwarzenegger) or even alleged violent rape (as in the case of former IMF head Strauss Kahn). So it becomes clear how dangerous this one is for women. After all, if this is just the behavior driven by biology, how can we expect any more? The…
Added by Cheryl Duckworth, Ph.D. on May 8, 2014 at 11:51am — No Comments
Do we live in fear of a bully free nation?
I know this may sound odd. Surely we want fewer bullies? Surely we all, as parents, educators, counselors, ministers and so on, have been working on this for a long time? It goes without saying (doesn’t it?) that fewer bullies is a good thing.
Yet when we think about the reality of backlash against peace education (called by some teaching tolerance or multicultural education), I have to ask: do we actually fear a…Continue
I recently had the pleasure of being at a workshop at my alma mater, George Mason. The organizers brought together a group of us focused on field-based experiential courses. I was asked to share about my own leadership of my program’s field based peace building course to Morocco. My colleagues there significantly improved my thinking especially as regards to the idea of “being transformed” by these courses, something we as faculty and students involved in field-based courses often talk…Continue
For about the past year, my team and I have been surveying and interviewing US public middle and high-school teachers nationwide about their experiences teaching 9/11. How have they approached teaching today’s students about one of the most painful, important and arguably divisive events in US history? Here’s what they had to say.
1. Most teachers (including history teachers) don’t see teaching about 9/11 as part of their curriculum. According to my survey 84% of teachers who don’t…Continue
Added by Cheryl Duckworth, Ph.D. on September 11, 2013 at 6:00am — No Comments
Given that people from vastly different cultures naturally will have differing ideas on what “counts” as a human right, is it possible to foster enough consensus that collaboration for human rights across cultures is possible? I would argue yes, it is possible, and I would go even further. I say building this consensus around human rights in the 21st century is necessary because the realities of travel and communications technology, as well as an increasingly globalized economy,…Continue
Added by Cheryl Duckworth, Ph.D. on June 29, 2012 at 4:30pm — No Comments
I'll be presenting on critical peace education next week at the CIES 2012 conference, arguing that critical peace education (CPE) is vital to our efforts to achieve larger scale conflict transformation. One particular skill, collaborative problem solving, is not often described within the context of classic critical theory (Habermas 1989, Foucault 1995). Here is a key contribution of critical peace education to the project of global conflict…Continue
I am currently editing a new book, Conflict Resolution and the Scholarship of Engagement (forthcoming 2012 from Cambridge Scholars Publishing). Here's a snip from the intro!
As the field of conflict analysis and resolution continues to grow, scholars and practitioners increasingly recognize that we can learn from one another. Theory must be informed by practice and practice must draw on sound theory. Above and beyond this…Continue
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Everyone’s got a theory of why they believe the #occupytogether protests have sparked, and indeed now gone global. I don’t believe we need to over-think it: people have solid evidence that they’ve been robbed. I thought I’d bring a bit of what we can call “peace economics” theory to the conversation to keep the conversation moving forward and hopefully focused on where to head next. What’s most important is putting in place systems, values, laws and maybe even institutions (I suggested…Continue
Added by Cheryl Duckworth, Ph.D. on October 23, 2011 at 9:15am — No Comments
“To be wholly overlooked and to know it are intolerable” ~John Adams
A clear thread is woven through the fabric of the many different, and often differently expressed, social upheavals that we have been experiencing throughout the year, and that thread is the challenge of global neoliberalism to dignity. Perhaps indeed some late 21st century Barbara Tuchman will tell the story of how 2011 was 1848 or 1937. What’s important now is that we understand how our…Continue
Youth development, as I’ve developed a habit of saying, is security. As we have all watched unrest, riots and protests throughout Egypt, Tunisia, Yemen, Jordon, and previously in Iran, I continue to believe this truth.
Numerous analysts have noted how young “the Arab world” (we’ll set aside the fuzziness of that term for now) is. Stanford reports that 37% of Tunisia’s population is young (defined as…