Cheryl Duckworth, Ph.D.'s Blog (32)

On the American Epistemology of the Gutcheck

Epistemology is one of those cornerstone terms that worries grad students and obsesses their faculty members such as yours truly.  It’s your theory of knowledge—the unconscious tests you do mentally to figure whether some theory or fact is in fact true.  Can it be trusted?  Acted upon?…


Added by Cheryl Duckworth, Ph.D. on May 13, 2015 at 3:29pm — No Comments

Dialogue, satire and the attack on Charlie Hebdo

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. …


Added by Cheryl Duckworth, Ph.D. on January 9, 2015 at 11:59am — No Comments

Oral histories, peace education and teaching 9/11

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…


Added by Cheryl Duckworth, Ph.D. on August 12, 2014 at 8:53pm — 1 Comment

Dangerous Memories and Teaching 9/11

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…


Added by Cheryl Duckworth, Ph.D. on July 4, 2014 at 10:51am — 2 Comments

5 Culturally Violent Cliches You Can Ditch Tomorrow

  1. “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

Fear of a Bully Free Nation

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…


Added by Cheryl Duckworth, Ph.D. on March 23, 2014 at 8:21pm — 3 Comments

Does it need to change their life? Towards a better understanding of “transformative” learning in field based courses

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…


Added by Cheryl Duckworth, Ph.D. on February 25, 2014 at 8:42pm — 4 Comments

How Teachers are Teaching about 9/11: 10 Essentials We Now Know

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…


Added by Cheryl Duckworth, Ph.D. on September 11, 2013 at 6:00am — No Comments

Can a classroom stop a genocide?

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,…


Added by Cheryl Duckworth, Ph.D. on August 28, 2013 at 10:47am — 11 Comments

Experiential Peace Curriculum in Morocco

I recently had the pleasure of leading a “global hybrid” course to Morocco.  The curriculum was experiential, in that we traveled in country (Ifrane, Fes and Rabat) to attend classes on conflict and development in Morocco, cross cultural workshops and a series of meetings at schools, youth development organizations, human rights advocacy organizations and women’s democratic groups.  Of course, we also made…

Added by Cheryl Duckworth, Ph.D. on June 29, 2012 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Critical Peace Education and Conflict Transformation

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…


Added by Cheryl Duckworth, Ph.D. on April 22, 2012 at 2:30pm — 10 Comments

Conflict Resolution and the Scholarship of Engagement

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…


Added by Cheryl Duckworth, Ph.D. on February 25, 2012 at 4:46pm — No Comments

Dignity and Social Movements

What is Dignity?  And why does it galvanize social movements? 

The more I study social movements and conflict resolution, the more convinced I become that dignity is an essential basic human need;  denied this, a social manifestation will almost always occur.  I wrote about this extensively in Land and Dignity in Paraguay, and…

Added by Cheryl Duckworth, Ph.D. on January 18, 2012 at 11:00am — No Comments

Peace Economics and Occupy Wall Street

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…


Added by Cheryl Duckworth, Ph.D. on October 31, 2011 at 7:51pm — 6 Comments

Ten Things the Occupy Movement Can Demand

  1. Stop all “robo-signing” of home foreclosures immediately.
  2. Allow students to declare student loan bankruptcy. 
  3. Reinstate “Glass-Steagall”, which separated consumer banking from investment banking.
  4. Investigation of the major investment banks who were involved in the subprime mess.
  5. Investigation of Fanny, Freddy and the ratings agencies like S&P who gave banks…

Added by Cheryl Duckworth, Ph.D. on October 23, 2011 at 9:15am — No Comments


"The enemy of the black is not the white. The enemy of capitalist is not communist, the enemy of homosexual is not heterosexual, the enemy of Jew is not Arab, the enemy of youth is not the old, the enemy of hip is not redneck, the enemy of Chicano is not gringo and the enemy of women is not men. We all have the same enemy: The enemy is the tyranny of the dull mind. The enemy is every expert who practices technocratic manipulation, the enemy is every proponent of standardization and… Continue

Added by Cheryl Duckworth, Ph.D. on October 12, 2011 at 11:48am — 1 Comment

Straight Outta Tottenham: Anger, Dignity and Austerity

“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…


Added by Cheryl Duckworth, Ph.D. on August 12, 2011 at 11:04am — 6 Comments

Towards a Mindful Foreign Policy?

First, a disclaimer. I’m no expert on mindfulness or Zen. I’m (slowly) learning to meditate and, as a peace educator, have been considering some of the connections between inner peace and social, political (dare I even say economic?) peace. Our talk during meditation class recently was focused on “paying attention to your intentions”. Of course this is a lifelong personal journey, but does the idea have relevance for nations as well? Can a country be mindful? If so, will international politics… Continue

Added by Cheryl Duckworth, Ph.D. on July 20, 2011 at 11:02am — 11 Comments

You Might Be Teaching Peace If....

If you've taught K-12, you've been there. A new mandate to plan for. A new test to scantron. Another inservice that may or may not be led by someone who has taught K-12 in the past decade. (Those who run these teacher trainings who have not taught run the risk of getting eaten alive.)

And they want us to "teach peace" too? They want us to seriously be responsible for the moral, social development of students we see 45 minutes a day on a good week? A week without fights, assemblies,… Continue

Added by Cheryl Duckworth, Ph.D. on June 20, 2011 at 7:30pm — 11 Comments

Book talk: War is a Force that Gives Us Meaning

Sometimes you come across a book that really matters. I’d like to thank Chris Hedges for writing one of those books, War is a Force that Gives Us Meaning. Hardly new anymore, but perhaps more timely than ever.

Hedge’s thesis here is that there is in human nature a void, a need for meaning and purpose. This need can be, and too often is, filled by what he frankly describes as the excitement and illusory heroism of war—“war usually starts with a collective euphoria”. His work,… Continue

Added by Cheryl Duckworth, Ph.D. on May 14, 2011 at 1:37pm — 9 Comments

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