Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Ferris Faculty Set to Present at the Second Annual Peace Studies Conference

By Todd Stanislav
Director, Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning

Yet another example of Ferris State University’s commitment to collaboration was the recent effort to provide Ferris faculty an opportunity to present papers at the 2nd Annual Peace Studies Conference, a conference hosted by Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) and scheduled for September 2010.

The theme of this year’s conference is “Conflict Resolution: Challenges, Successes, and Failures of Supranational and International Organizations.”

Three Ferris faculty members have been invited to give papers at the conference. They are:
Dr. Carole McKenna (Social Sciences Department), Canadian and American Culture of Militarism: Coping Mechanisms in a Military- Industrial-Service Complex

Dr. Rebecca Sammel
(Languages and Literature), Teaching Conflict Resolution in the Liberal Arts: Incorporating Discussion of Global Inequalities and Crises in a World Folk Literature Course

Dr. Barbara Ciaramitaro
(Accountancy, Finance, and Information Systems), Developing Global Competence in our Students: The Role of Academic Institutions
In late Spring 2010, conference organizers Robert Hendershot and Ric Underhile, both from GRCC (Ric was formerly Academic Counselor for the College of Arts and Sciences at Ferris) met with members of the Diversity and Inclusion Office, Globalization Initiative, Social Sciences Department and Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning to explore ways in which Ferris State may collaborate with GRCC in supporting the Peace Studies Conference. Subsequent to this meeting, a University- Wide Announcement invited all faculty to submit papers for the conference.

We are delighted that Ferris will be well-represented at this year’s conference. Our congratulations to Carole, Rebecca, and Barbara!

This article is taken from the Expect Diversity newsletter from Ferris State University's Office of Diversity and Inclusion.

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