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Naropa University Authentic Leadership Certificate Program Starting this August

Launched in 1999, Naropa's Authentic Leadership program is a transformative leadership course that integrates ancient wisdom with effective, modern approaches to management. The format encourages deep, personal learning in an environment that makes it possible to assimilate ideas and concepts at an accelerated pace. Online instruction makes it possible to share ideas and participate in group learning from anywhere in the world. Through the Authentic Leadership Certificate Program, participants can learn to discover unique solutions to challenges and opportunities. The next program is from August 28 - December 15, 2006 and includes two Residential Retreats at Garrison Institute. For more information or to register: call 800.603.3117, 303.245.4800, email or visit the program website at www.naropa.edu/leadership.

Added by Amy Lang on August 06, 2006??-??Link to this entry

Registration Now Open for 2006 Educators for Community Engagement National Gathering

The annual Educators for Community Engagement National Gathering is a conference for faculty, staff, students, and community leaders committed to service-learning/community-based learning and civic engagement. The heart of the National Gathering is the learning circle, a powerful form of democratic dialogue. In an era of polarized political debate, widespread distrust, and far too much isolation, this event offers a space for people to share their stories, knowledge, and perspectives as equals. On the first day of the conference, participants will choose among site visits and workshops, including one led by the recipient of Campus Compact's 2006 Thomas Ehrlich Faculty Award for Service-Learning. Participants then join a learning circle for the rest of the event, exploring one issue in greater depth. Most learning circle topics will focus on particular community issues, such as housing and homelessness, environmental sustainability, community and economic development, racism and classism, and youth issues; a few will focus on broader philosophical themes. This year, the conference will be held at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside from June 15-17. Please visit www.e4ce.org/NG2006 to register for the National Gathering and view updates on the program, registration, and scholarship opportunities. More information about Learning Circles is available at www.e4ce.org/LearningCircles/LearningCircles.htm. If you have questions, please contact Dan Neumann, /262-595-2002, or Heather Vallejos, /262-595-2637.

Added by Amy Lang on April 17, 2006??-??Link to this entry

SFU Centre for Dialogue Offering Dialogue Education Training

If you teach or train adult learners, then SFU's upcoming workshop LEARNING TO LISTEN, LEARNING TO TEACH: An introduction to Dialogue Education may be of interest. This intensive, interactive four-day workshop that will transform your approach to teaching. Over 3,500 graduates in 60 countries, in the academic, non-profit, government and corporate sectors, have applied dialogue education extensively to their work. Participants will learn a structured and accountable method of organizing, designing and facilitating and discover how to make educational events effective, engaging and successful. Opportunities to design and teach short lessons and receive feedback and coaching will unlock the power of dialogue in educating adult learners. The workshop will be held from Monday, May 1 - Thursday, May 4, 2006, 9-5 pm. The course fee: $1400, four-day program (text, course materials and refreshments provided). The workshop will be held at SFU's Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue, 580 W Hastings St, Vancouver, BC (entrance on Seymour St). For more information or to register, email or call 604.268.7925.

Added by Amy Lang on March 26, 2006??-??Link to this entry

Fullbright Sponsoring Visiting Specialist Program in Islamic Studies

The Fullbright Visiting Specialists Pgrogram: Direct Access to the Muslim World is now offering funding to bring specialists from the Muslim world to US university campuses. The goals of the program are to enrich your campus' and community's understanding of Islamic civilization and the history, politics, and culture of today?’s Muslim world; to bring access to the Muslim world to study abroad programs, and to jump-start your campus offering on courses in Islam or Area Studies. Through the Fulbright Visiting Specialists Program: Direct Access to the Muslim World, U.S. higher educational institutions can host a Specialist from Muslim communities in the Middle East, North Africa, South Asia, Central Asia, Southeast Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa or the Balkans for three to six weeks of intensive lecturing, consultation, and a community outreach program. Deadline to apply for the spring 2007 semester: June 1, 2006. For more information, visit our website at www.cies.org/Visiting_Specialists/ or consult Mamiko Hada at , telephone 202-686-7873.

Added by Amy Lang on March 20, 2006??-??Link to this entry

Fullbright Scholar Opportunities in Peace & Conflict Resolution

The Fulbright Scholar Program is offering 122 lecturing, research or combined lecturing/research awards in political science during the 2007-2008 academic year in all regions of the world, including many awards in peace studies or conflict resolution. These opportunities include but are not limited to awards in eastern Europe, south Asia, Canada, Venezuela, and Zimbabwe. U.S. Fulbright Scholars enjoy an experience of a lifetime, one that provides a broad cultural perspective on their academic disciplines and connects them with colleagues at institutions around the globe. Awards range from two months to an academic year. Faculty and professionals in history may apply not only for awards specifically in their field, but also for one of the many "All Discipline" awards open to any field. Grants are awarded to faculty of all academic ranks, including adjunct and emeritus. In most countries lecturing is in English, though awards in Latin America, Francophone Africa, and the Middle East may require proficiency in another language. The application deadline for Fulbright traditional lecturing and research grants worldwide is August 1, 2006. U.S. citizenship is required. For other eligibility requirements, detailed award descriptions, and an application, visit the Fullbright website at www.cies.org, or send a request for materials to .

Added by Amy Lang on March 20, 2006??-??Link to this entry

Join the OrangeBand Anti-Apathy Campaign

The OrangeBand initative (www.OrangeBand.org), a group dedicated to promoting civil conversations about important issues, is challenging 10,000 people to add their voice to the new online OrangeBand Mosaic. You will also be able to start a profile in the new OrangeBand Online Community. Visit http://orangeband.org/profile/image.php to sign up to participate in the anti-apathy campaign.

Added by Amy Lang on March 13, 2006??-??Link to this entry

Sustained Dialogue Conference Coming Up April 7-9

This year's Sustained Dialogue Campus Network (SDCN) National Conference will be held at Princeton University in Princeton, NJ. The conference title this year is "Returning to our Roots". The SDCN National Conference is open to current SD practitioners and interested parties alike. It will feature workshops on Saturday and Sunday designed to introduce Sustained Dialogue as a process, help student leaders build programs on their campuses, help moderators lead their groups and more. It's also a great chance to meet, share, and network with students engaged in dialogue from all over the country! If you are a member of an SD organization at your school, make sure you've talked to your Student Leaders about attending the conference, and have them sign you up. If you're not currently involved with SD, but would like to learn more about our efforts, there's no better place than the conference to do just that?—feel free to contact us () for more information. All SD Alums are invited to join the conference. For conference, lodging, hotel, and transportation information, visit www.sdcampusnetwork.org/conference_information.htm.

Added by Amy Lang on March 13, 2006??-??Link to this entry

Announcing the 2006 Campus Independent Journalism Awards

The Campus Independent Journalism Awards recognize excellence in socially engaged journalism on college and university campuses. They identify student publishers and journalists who significantly contribute to free thought within their campus communities.The application deadline for the 2006 Awards is March 30, 2006. This year, awards will be given to individual writers in the categories of Feature Writing, Art & Cartoons, Political Commentary, Investigative Reporting, Gender & Women?’s Issues Coverage, Environmental Coverage, GLBT coverage, Race Issues Coverage, and Labor & Economic Coverage. Awards for general excellence will be given in the categories of Best Independent Campus Publication of the Year (Budget Over $10,000) and Best Independent Campus Publication of the Year (Budget Less Than$10,000), Design & Layout, and Website. The application fee is $25 per publication. For more information and to apply, visit www.indypress.org/site/cjp/

Added by Amy Lang on March 10, 2006??-??Link to this entry

Participants Sought for Dialogue on Religion and the Academy

NCDD member Nancy Thomas sent us a call for participants for a dialogue project on religion in the academy. The origins of this project lie in a meeting convened last July by the Society for Values in Higher Education (SVHE) and the Johnson Foundation. They invited scholars from both public and private colleges and universities and who represented diverse disciplines, geographic regions, and faith perspectives to come together at the historic Wingspread Conference Center in Racine, Wisconsin. The purpose of this gathering, entitled Religion and Public Life: Engaging Higher Education, was to discuss growing concerns over the intersection between religion and public life and higher education's response to the concerns. It was a wild ride and a sometimes difficult dialogue, but eventually they concluded that the issues raised at Wingspread call for study, dialogue, critique, and action. The academy must examine how and what it teaches about religion; how welcoming it is to students?’ diverse religious views and spiritual interests; and how it will factor religion into its educational programs and initiatives to strengthen deliberative democracy, all the while preserving standards of intellectual inquiry, public reason, and academic freedom.

As a result of this work, the group crafted a draft Wingspread Declaration, which is available on the SVHE website (www.svhe.org). They are hoping that people will download the declaration, convene campus groups (particularly faculty) to talk about it, and submit comments on it. There is also a forum space on the website for public comments. Also available at SVHE's website is a framing paper, entitled A More Perfect Union and additional discussion questions for campus conversations. All three documents are available in PDF form. And campuses that would like to engage these issues broadly and need a jump start can contact Nancy at .

Added by Amy Lang on February 19, 2006??-??Link to this entry

Intercultural Communication Courses Offered in Davis, California

As part of the University of California, Davis Extension, Common Ground: Center for Cooperative Solutions helps government entities, agencies and private- and public-sector organizations come together to find unique solutions to challenging and complex issues. This spring, Common Ground will be offering 2 two-day courses on Intercultural Relations, designed for those who want to better understand the dynamics of intercultural communication and conflict. Intercultural relations specialist Linda Ziegahn, Ph.D., will be conducting both courses. For more information, call 800-752-0881 x4414 go to www.extension.ucdavis.edu/commonground/.

Added by Sandy on February 06, 2006??-??Link to this entry

Save the Date: Imagining America Conference Coming Up in October

Imagining America is a consortium of 80 colleges and universities committed to public scholarship and public culture-making through the humanities, arts, and design. Imagining America?’s mission is to strengthen the public role and democratic purposes of the cultural disciplines and interdisciplines. It supports publicly-engaged academic work and the structural changes in higher education that such work requires. Imagining America's national network includes collaborators in K-12 schools, nonprofit and public cultural institutions, public media, government agencies, and grassroots organizations. This year's conference theme is "Engaging Through Place." It will be held from October 6-8, 2006 at Ohio State University. For more details and information regarding submission of session proposals, you can go to Imagining America's website: www.ia.umich.edu. If you have further questions, feel free to contact Josephine Tsai at .

Added by Amy Lang on February 01, 2006??-??Link to this entry

New Student Arts and Civic Engagement Opportunities in Boston

Students seeking for-credit opportunities that involve meaningful citizenship, community service and service-learning, should check out the new Institute for Art and Civic Engagement at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Located in SFMA's Artist's Resource Center and founded in partnership with Tufts University College of Citizenship and Public Service, the Institute fosters development of partnerships with art, culture, research, education, healthcare, social service, business and entrepreneurial ventures. There are community-based learning projects in teaching/mentoring young people, arts and medicine, public art, international projects and internships embracing role of art in public life. Opportunities include participation in the award-winning Youth Art-in-Action program and a chance to work at Boston Arts Academy, an innovative school within the Boston Public School system. For more information, visit smfa.edu/Student_Life/Professional_Development/Institute_for_Art_Civic_Engagement.asp

Added by Amy Lang on January 21, 2006??-??Link to this entry

AACU Announces Greater Expectations Institute

The American Association of Colleges and Universities (AACU) has just announced the dates for its Greater Expectations Institute. The Institute will be held from June 21 - 25, 2006 in Snowbird, Utah. The Institute is an intensive program designed for campus teams working on ways to increase student engagement, inclusion, and high achievement. Teams will align institutional purposes, structures, and practices as well as advance and assess the kinds of liberal education outcomes outlined in AAC&U's Greater Expectations report. The Institute provides a resource-rich setting that offers significant team time; framing plenaries; workshops; consultations with expert faculty; interaction with other teams; and the opportunity to develop a concrete action plan for departmental, divisional, or campus-wide action. The application deadline is March 17, 2006. For information or to apply online, visit aacu.org/meetings/gexinstitute. Or email or call Misha Charles with questions: ; tel. 202.387.3760 x407.

Added by Amy Lang on January 15, 2006??-??Link to this entry

AAC&U Invites Proposals for Academic Renewal Conference

The Association of American Colleges and Universities is now accepting proposals for its upcoming conference Diversity and Learning: A Defining Moment, which will be held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, October 19-21, 2006. The conference seeks to take stock of how effective current structures, programs, and framings are and to chart emerging new directions for the next generation of work. AAC&U invites scholars, educators, practitioners, students, administrators, and community partners to submit proposals to Diversity and Learning that address issues raised in any of the five pathways:

* consensus, contested, and evolving definitions of diversity
* institutional change models that promote inclusive learning
* new frontiers in diversity scholarship, programs, and curricular designs
* points of tension that propel or hamper progress
* research and assessment findings that can inform new models and approaches to diversity learning.

Proposals may be submitted online through January 13, 2006. For Additional Information e-mail , visit www.aacu.org, or call 202-387-3760.

Added by Amy Lang on November 15, 2005??-??Link to this entry

Two Upcoming Workshops at the Simon Fraser University Dialogue Program

The Simon Fraser University Dialogue Program has two exciting workshops coming up. First, a workshop entitled Learning from the Citizens' Assembly: A conversation with Jack Blaney will be held Monday, November 21, 2005, from 8-9:30am at the Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue, Asia Pacific Hall. For Registration or information call 604.291.5100. In 2003, an independent, non-partisan assembly of 160 randomly selected citizens from across British Columbia gathered together to understand and redesign the province's electoral system. Led by Jack Blaney, Simon Fraser University president emeritus, this Citizen's Assembly produced a novel system called BC-STV, which was narrowly defeated in a provincial referendum. Despite this setback, critics and admirers alike acknowledge that the work of the Assembly has set the province on the path to electoral reform and demonstrated the power of public engagement in creating and evaluating new policies. Jack Blaney will reflect in conversation on the workings of the assembly and the applicability of this model to future public initiatives.

Second, join instructor Peter Noteboom, the managing director of Global Learning Partners, for Learning to Listen, Learning to Teach: An introduction to dialogue education. The workshop takes place from Monday, November 28 to Thursday, December 1, 2005, 9-5 pm. Cost is $1400, and discounts are available. For registration or information email [email protected], call 604.268.7925 or visit www.sfu.ca/dialogue/dialoguemakers_web.pdf. Based upon the field research and teaching of Dr. Jane Vella, this four-day workshop provides the building blocks of the dialogue education approach to curriculum design and facilitation skills. By switching the focus from 'what the instructor says about a topic' to 'what the participants will do with the content to demonstrate their learning,' adult learners are invited to take new ideas, apply them and reflect on their significance for their own lives and context.

Added by Amy Lang on November 14, 2005??-??Link to this entry

San Diego Dialogue to Host 20th Forum Fronterizo

San Diego Dialogue has just announced its 20th Forum Fronterizo luncheon, "Borderless Innovation: A New Vision for Regional Competitiveness Through Crossborder Collaboration." The luncheon will serve as the venue for the release of research conducted during 2004 and 2005 by San Diego Dialogue, and its partners CENTRIS and CICESE. The research results - to be distributed in a report at the event - will highlight how closer collaboration between San Diego and Baja California in science and technology-based clusters holds the promise for increased competitiveness and prosperity for our region. The report examines selected high value-added economic clusters, including biomedical device manufacturing, pharmaceuticals and clinical research, marine biotechnology, aerospace and defense, software and information technology, as well as other emerging clusters of opportunity. The luncheon will be held on Friday, November 4, 2005 from 12:00 - 2:00 PM at the San Diego Marriott Hotel and Marina 333 West Harbor Drive San Diego, CA 92101. For more information, contact San Diego Dialogue, University of California, San Diego; Division of Extended Studies and Public Programs; 9500 Gilman Dr, MC: 0170-D; La Jolla, CA 92093-0170-D; phone (858) 534-8638; fax (858) 622-4842 or visit their website: www.sandiegodialogue.org

Added by Amy Lang on October 03, 2005??-??Link to this entry

Nominations Sought for K. Patricia Cross Future Leaders Awards

The K. Patricia Cross Future Leaders Award recognizes graduate students who are committed to developing academic and civic responsibility in themselves and others, and who show exemplary promise as future leaders of higher education. The awards are sponsored by K. Patricia Cross, Professor Emerita of Higher Education at the University of California-Berkeley. All doctoral level graduate students who are planning a career in higher education are eligible, regardless of academic department. The K. Patricia Cross Future Leaders Awards provide financial support for graduate students to attend AAC&U?’s 2006 Annual Meeting, ?“Demanding Excellence: Liberal Education in an Era of Global Competition, Anti-Intellectualism, and Disinvestment.?” The meeting will be held January 25-28, 2006, in Washington, DC. All award recipients are required to attend the conference.

Applicants must demonstrate: 1) Leadership ability or potential for exercising leadership in teaching and learning, with a strong commitment to academic and civic responsibility; and 2) Leadership or potential leadership in the development of others as leaders, scholars, and citizens. A faculty member or administrator must nominate the student, with a supporting letter from a second faculty member or administrator. The following materials must be submitted for an application to be considered: 1) a nomination letter from a faculty member or administrator; 2) a supporting letter from a second faculty member or administrator; 3) a statement from the student indicating how he or she meets the award criteria; 4) a copy of the student?’s curriculum vitae. All materials should be submitted together. Only complete applications will be considered. Deadline for receipt of materials is November 4, 2005. Mail applications to the K. Patricia Cross Future Leaders Committee, AAC&U, 1818 R Street, NW, Washington, DC 20009 or Fax 202-265-9532 (to the attention of Suzanne Hyers) or email (with documents attached).

Added by Amy Lang on September 22, 2005??-??Link to this entry

Corner Talk to Host Discussion on Hurricane Katrina

A new University of Georgia student organization called Corner Talk will host a public forum to discuss the effectiveness of Hurricane Katrina relief efforts. Corner Talk was organized by Melvin Hines Jr., a senior economics and political science major, and Vineet Reddy, a senior Spanish and pre-med major, to create dialogue between the university community and the Athens community on important national and local issues. The meeting will be held on September 20, 2005 at 7:30 p.m. at Hot Corner Coffee, at the corner of Hull and Washington Streets, Athens, Georgia. For more information contact Melvin Hines, Jr., at 706-357-1103, or email

Added by Amy Lang on September 18, 2005??-??Link to this entry

Fullbright Peace and Conflict Resolution Scholar Awards Available for 2006-2007

There are still some Fulbright Scholar opportunities to lecture or conduct research abroad during the 2006-2007 academic year including awards in conflict resolution or peace studies in Korea, Nicaragua, Tunisia, Ukraine and Venezuela. Conflict Resolution is also a priority field for some "All Disciplines" awards for which applications continue to be accepted, for example in Bosnia, Cyprus, Georgia, and Guatemala. Awards for both faculty and professionals range from two months to an academic year. Foreign language skills are needed in some countries, but most Fulbright lecturing assignments are in English. U.S. citizenship is required for all awards; university teaching experience is required for all lecturing awards. For available awards, other eligibility requirements, and online application, visit the Fullbright Web site at www.cies.org. Some deadlines have passed, so consult the relevant program officer before applying.

Added by Amy Lang on September 01, 2005??-??Link to this entry

Public Agenda To Lead National Community College Engagement Effort

Public Agenda, the New York-based opinion research and citizen engagement organization, has received a grant to support its work in a national effort to boost achievement of community college students. The $480,000 grant, funded by Lumina Foundation for Education, will support Public Agenda's participation in ?“Achieving the Dream: Community Colleges Count,?” a multi-year initiative to increase the success of community college students, particularly those who face the greatest obstacles to success. The project will bring together community members, government, local schools and employers, and students themselves to talk seriously and honestly about what kinds of changes will really work to improve student outcomes. For more information on Public Agenda's work, visit www.publicagenda.org.

Added by Amy Lang on August 20, 2005??-??Link to this entry

Imagining America Conference Coming Up in September

Registration is now open for the upcoming Imagining America Annual Conference to be held this Sept. 30 - Oct. 1 at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ. Based at the University of Michigan, Imagining America: Artists and Scholars in Public Life is a national consortium of colleges and universities committed to fostering campus community partnerships in the arts and humanities. The theme of this year's conference is "Public Engagement and Intercultural Practice: New Democratic Spaces for Scholars and Artists." Register now at www.ia.umich.edu, where you may see a full conference schedule, hotel, and travel information.

Added by Amy Lang on August 18, 2005??-??Link to this entry

Two New Online Spaces for Discussion About Deliberation

The Journal of Public Deliberation (JPD) is a new online resource providing insights into deliberative democracy from multiple views, research efforts practices. The inaugural edition is now available online - visit the journal and sign up to receive content alerts at services.bepress.com.

And the Deliberative Democracy Consortium (www.deliberative-democracy.net) is now inviting practitioners and researchers to contribute up to 2,000 word "think pieces" for publication to the website. Got a burning question, case study, or thesis about the evolution of public discourse and empowered participation in a democratic society? These periodic commentaries are intended to provoke debate and stimulate inquiry into the broadening fields of practice and research. Please send your enquiries to .

Added by Amy Lang on August 05, 2005??-??Link to this entry

New Graduate Program for Natural Resources Conflict Resolution Announced

The Public Policy Research Institute at the University of Montana is now offering a graduate-level program to help students negotiate the governance of natural resources through dialogue and problem solving. The only program of its kind in the US, The Natural Resources Conflict Resolution Program teaches students theories underlying collaboration, multiparty negotiation, consensus building, and deliberative dialogue as well as skills to prevent and resolve natural resources conflicts. Learn more about it at www.umtpri.org/academics/nrcrp

Added by Amy Lang on July 12, 2005??-??Link to this entry

AAC&U Announces Conference on Student Learning and Civic Engagement

In conjunction with its conference this fall, the American Association of Colleges and Universities has organized a parallel working conference on "The Civic Engagement Imperative: Student Learning and the Public Good" in Providence, RI from November 10-12, 2005. The conference aims to clarify definitions and outcomes for civic engagement, explore new scholarship on coherent and effective civic engagement programs across the curriculum and co-curriculum, and consider innovative collaborations between educational and community leaders. The early registration and hotel deadline is October 17, 2005.
Visit www.aacu.org/meetings/civic_engagement/index.cfm for more details.

Added by Amy Lang on June 29, 2005??-??Link to this entry

New Resource for Encouraging ESL Students to Participate in Study Circles

We just heard from the Study Circle Resources Center about a new resource for recruiting ESL students into Study Circle programs. To prepare adult students in the English as a Second Language program for a study circle summit on education, the communications department of the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board in Hamilton, Ontario, developed a curriculum titled ?“Prepare to Participate.?” The curriculum package includes a series of classroom activities to help students increase their self-confidence, group discussion experience, and decision-making skills. With minimal adaptation, this curriculum can be used in any community. Download it from SCRC?’s web site: www.studycircles.org/pages/hap.html#esl

Added by Amy Lang on June 28, 2005??-??Link to this entry

New Study Assesses Impact of Service Learning on Civic Engagement

We just heard about a new CIRCLE (www.civicyouth.org) Working Paper by Shelley Billig, Sue Root, and Dan Jesse of RMC Research Corporation that examines the impact of service-learning on civic engagement. The study compared more than 1,000 high school students who participated in service-learning programs with those who did not participate in schools matched for similar demographics and student achievement profiles. It found that service-learning students were significantly more likely to say they intended to vote and that they enjoyed school. Importantly, the study suggests that the way service learning is implemented matters: students who were involved for at least a semester in a program that was linked to standards, involved more direct contact with service recipients, and had cognitively challenging reflection activities were more likely to be civically engaged than those in other types of service learning. For the full report, click this link: http://www.civicyouth.org/research/areas/serv_learn.htm

Added by Amy Lang on June 24, 2005??-??Link to this entry

NCDD Leader Publishes New Book for the College-Bound

David Schoem, University of Michigan Professor and member of the NCDD Steering Committee, has published a new book, "College Knowledge: 101 Tips for the College-Bound Student.?” Unlike most books of this type, David emphasizes dialogue, diversity, civic involvement, and engagement with learning. Through lively tips and compelling student stories about life at college, the book offers thoughtful, practical information for every student who wants to make a successful transition from high school to college. Examples of tips include: Expand your comfort zone; Be a thinker and an activist, Take responsibility for the world around you, Participate in Intergroup Dialogue, Think about social justice, Take democracy seriously, and Be a boundary-crosser.

Search for this and other books by David Schoem at www.press.umich.edu, or click here to go straight to the page about College Knowledge.

Added by Sandy Heierbacher on June 24, 2005??-??Link to this entry

Fullbright Grants Available for Peace and Conflict Resolution Studies

The Fulbright Scholar Program is now offering 117 lecturing, research, and lecturing/research awards in political science for the 2006-2007 academic year. These include awards specifically for peace studies and conflict resolution in India, Korea, Nepal, Philippines, and Ukraine. Awards for both faculty and professionals range from two months to an academic year. Many awards specify project and host institution, but there are also a number of open "All Disciplines" awards that allow candidates to propose their own project and determine their host institution affiliation. Foreign language skills are needed in some countries, but most Fulbright lecturing assignments are in English. The application deadline for Fulbright traditional lecturing and research grants worldwide is August 1, 2005. U.S. citizenship is required. For information, other eligibility requirements, and the online application, visit their Web site at www.cies.org.

Added by Amy Lang on June 16, 2005??-??Link to this entry

Civic Engagement News Announces Last Bulletin

Civic Engagement News has just sent out its last e-bulletin. CEN is an electronic newsletter that has been published since December, 2000, in association with the Council on Public Engagement (COPE) at the University of Minnesota and previously with the Task Force on Civic Engagement. Although this is the last issue of CEN, you can visit the UMN web site (see www.umn.edu/civic) to keep up to date with COPE's public engagement efforts.

Added by Amy Lang on June 14, 2005??-??Link to this entry

News From the Sustained Dialogue Campus Network

The Sustained Dialogue Campus Network (www.sustaineddialogue.org) is a network of 16 colleges and universities across the nation focusing on communication that addresses deep-seated social issues such as racism, religion, sexual orientation, and class. In addition to on-campus activities, the SDCN recently organized its 2nd National Conference that took place April 9-10, attracting about 130 students and administrators from 18 colleges and high schools around the country. By all accounts, the conference was a great success, generating much networking and problem-solving. The SDCN also produces a monthly newsletter about its activities - to subscribe to the newsleter email . For a preview of the May/June newsletter, click on the link below.

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Added by Amy Lang on June 13, 2005??-??Link to this entry

Ford Foundation Announces Difficult Dialogues Initiative

Great news from the Ford Foundation! They will be funding approximately 25 projects at colleges and universities for up to $100,000 each - projects that promote greater dialogue around the sensitive and sometimes controversial questions that arise due to increasing religious and cultural diversity on campus. Click below for more details about this important opportunity.

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Added by Sandy on April 15, 2005??-??Link to this entry

June Conference will use Learning Circles to Explore "Building the Engaged Campus"

New England Campus Compact and Educators for Community Engagement are partnering to create an exciting three-day event, Creative Tensions in Building the Engaged Campus, on June 9-11 in Boston. This conference features a very powerful discussion method, learning circles. Learning Circles are a valuable tool for community-building, learning and social justice where participants share personal stories and leave with a plan of action. This gathering will offer a wide range of learning circles, including Service As a Political Concept, Preparing Global Citizens, Cultural Shifts and Democratic Organizations, and many others.

Click below for the conference announcement, or go to http://ase.tufts.edu/macc/events.htm#2005conference to learn more about the conference or www.e4ce.org to learn more about learning circles.

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Added by Sandy on April 05, 2005??-??Link to this entry

Update from the OrangeBand Initiative

NCDD recently learned about the James Madison University-based OrangeBand Initiative, and we're really excited to spread the word about this brilliantly simple idea. Kai Degner started the OrangeBand Initiative with a group of friends at JMU in Harrisonburg, Virginia. Their goal was simple: getting people talking about issues they care about. They began handing out orange strips of fabric that could be decorated to represent an issue important to whoever decides to wear one. The bands can be put on a bag or somewhere else and, when someone asks "What's your OrangeBand?", a conversation can ensue about that issue and others.

In two years, over 6,000 people have voluntarily decided to take a band and the Initiative has coordinated over 50 nonpartisan, discussion-based forums. According to director Kai Degner, "We have learned we are tapping into something much bigger than anything we could have created ourselves: a broad desire for a space for open, civil discourse about meaningful contemporary issues." Click below for the OrangeBand Initiative's latest
update (which happily includes an announcement about www.thataway.org!).

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Added by Sandy on April 05, 2005??-??Link to this entry

6th Annual Imagining America Conference to be held in the Fall

Imagine America, a national movement linking universities with the communities they serve through arts and humanities projects, will be holding its 6th annual conference on September 30 and October 1, 2005, in New Brunswick, New Jersey. This year's conference theme is "Public Engagement and Intercultural Practice: New Democratic Spaces for Scholars and Artists." Click below for the full announcement or go to www.ia.umich.edu to find out more.

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Added by Sandy on April 01, 2005??-??Link to this entry

AACU Hosts Conference on Pedagogies of Engagement

The Association of American Colleges & Universities (AACU) is holding a Network for Academic Renewal Conference next month called "Pedagogies of Engagement: Deepening Learning In and Across the Disciplines." Held April 14-16, 2005 in Bethesda, Maryland, the conference will provide an opportunity for educators to explore the emerging practices of engagement within disciplinary and interdisciplinary fields of study. Click below for the rest of the announcement.

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Added by Sandy on March 10, 2005??-??Link to this entry

National Sustained Dialogue Campus Network Conference Coming Up in April

The 2005 National Sustained Dialogue Campus Network Conference will take place at the University of Virginia (in Charlottesville) April 9 and 10. Hundreds of motivated students, administrators and faculty members have been invited from dozens of schools across the U.S. because of their eagerness to learn more about initiating and improving Sustained Dialogue on their campuses.

Sustained Dialogue is a 5-stage model developed by Dr. Harold Saunders, former U.S. Assistant Secretary of State. It improves and transforms relationships strained by
racial, ethnic, religious, cultural and other differences. Come study with the creator of Sustained Dialogue, Dr. Hal Saunders, and Campus Coordinator, Priya Parker, along with hundreds of students and administrators coast to coast who implement SD on diverse university and high school campuses. Conference details are posted at www.sustaineddialogue.org/sdcn/SD%20News/sdnews.htm, but you can click below for some more details as well.

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Georgetown University?’s Second Symposium on Peace Coming up in April

On April 2 and 3, Georgetown University?’s Middle East Dialogue and Listening Initiative (MEDLI) invites college students to the Second Symposium on Peace, Action, Reconciliation and Cooperation (SPARC) at their Washington, DC campus. In addition to being a great opportunity for networking, experiencing dialogue, and participating in conflict resolution workshops, the conference will be a jumping board for a nation-wide network for peace-oriented students and others and to serve as an example for other communities.

For more info, email or call Katie at 267-847-8532. Read about the first, 1993 conference at www.thehoya.com/news/030403/news3.cfm. More about the origins of MEDLI (formerly Students for Middle East Peace) can be found at www.thehoya.com/viewpoint/012902/view1.cfm.

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Applications Due April 15 for CONTACT Graduate Training Program in Conflict Transformation

Eline Potoski of the School for International Training in Brattleboro, Vermont wanted me to share an announcement with you about the acclaimed CONTACT Summer Institute. CONTACT (Conflict Transformation Across Cultures) is a three-week 3-credit graduate training program in conflict transformation that provides skills and practical tools for reconciling intercommunal and intergroup conflict. The program?’s mix of participants includes diverse individuals from a broad range of countries and regions around the world (six continents in 2004) and often includes individuals from opposing sides of a particular conflict. Applications this summer's program, which will take place May 30 through June 17, are due by April 15. Click below for the full announcement.

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Online Course in Transforming Civil Conflict Offered by Bradford University

We heard about a new and interesting online course offered in February and March of 2005. "Transforming Civil Conflicts"is an online course developed by The Network University in cooperation with Bradford University. The four-week course familiarises participants with contemporary theories of conflict and conflict resolution, provides them with a range of relevant information on conflict on the Internet, and practical issues and debates from within the field. Participants are brought together in a 'learning community' with coaches and experts with a professional interest in conflict (transformation). There is a limited amount of partial scholarships available for participants from the 'global south'. For more information on upcoming dates for the course, visit the university website: www.netuni.nl, the course demosite: www.netuni.nl/demos/tcc, or send an email to Bart Overbeek: .

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Teachers: Sign Your Fall Classes Up for the Democracy Lab!

Jim Knauer announced today on the DialogueLeaders listserv that there is still time for teachers to involve their fall classes in Democracy Lab forums on topics such as "Amercans' Role in the World" and "Examining Health Care: What's the Public's Prescription?" Click below to learn more about how to involve your classes in this innovative, affordable online deliberative project.

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Deadline for Fulbright Scholar Program Approaching

The August 1 deadline for Fulbright Scholar Program grants in the traditional program is approaching quickly. You can find information on the 2005-06 grants available, eligibility requirements, and complete application materials at www.cies.org. You can also request materials by emailing . The Fulbright Scholar Program offers faculty and professionals numerous opportunities for lecturing, research or a combination of the two during the 2005-2006 academic year in 140 countries and all regions of the world. Awards range from two months to an academic year. Grants are in 47 disciplines and several interdisciplinary fields. Also, many countries offer ?“All Disciplines?” grants, which allow applicants to design their own award.

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Community of Practice on Democratic Dialogue Announces Chat with Ximena Zuniga

If you're involved in dialogue and deliberation work on a college campus and haven't yet joined AAHE's Democratic Dialogue COP, now might be the time. The COP - and online space for networking and info sharing led by Nancy Thomas - is hosting a chat on this Monday, June 7, from 3:00-4:00 p.m. on intergroup dialogue. Ximena Zuniga, professor of education at the University of Massachusetts, is the special guest for this chat. This is your chance to brainstorm with others and with someone who has started and maintained intergroup dialogue programs on campuses. Click below for the rest of Nancy's announcement and instructions on signing up for the COP.

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University of Maryland's OHRP Hosts Second Practical Conference for Diversity Professionals

I received an announcement on Wednesday about the second year of an exciting equity and diversity initiative of the Office of Human Relations Programs (OHRP) at the University of Maryland, College Park. The initiative is called the "Institute on Implementation and Institutionalization" or, for short, the I3. The I3 will be held July 7-11, 2004 in Washington, D.C. For more information, contact Dr. Christine Clark, Executive Director, Office of Human Relations Programs, at 301.405.2841 or .

Building on OHRP's collaborative Ford Foundation funded Diversity Blueprint project with the Association of American Colleges & Universities (AAC&U), the I3 offers PRACTICAL strategies for professionals in higher education in the development and realization of a broad-based and campus-wide equity and diversity agenda. Additionally, the I3 will feature two "Hot Topics:"
(1) Special Segments on Selective Admissions in Higher Education one year after the Supreme Court decision; and (2) Hate Crime Response Protocols on Campus.

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Full Graduate Fellowship at Regis University for Student of Dialogue & Deliberation

Paul Alexander, Director of Regis University's Institute on the Common Good, sent an announcement today about a full graduate fellowship that covers full tuition and benefits, AND provides a yearly stipend of $20-$24,000. The fellowship provides research and facilitation support for the Institute and serves as the event coordinator. Click below for the full message about this great opportunity.

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2nd Annual Anti-Bias Ed Conference to be Held in June

Thomas Walker from arizona State University's Intergroup Relations Center sent our DialogueLeaders listserv a message today announcing the 2nd annual Conference on Anti-Bias Education Programs (or "ABEC"), which will take place June 10-13 in Tempe, Arizona. As Thomas writes, "This 2 day event will bring together leaders in various aspects of diversity, social justice and community development theory and practice, including a considerable interest and experience in dialogue programs of various types." Click below for the full message.

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Pilot Teleconferencing Dialogue Project a Success

A new project called Solis, directed by Liza Chambers, is a unique cross-cultural education program that enables college students in the United States and the Middle East to collaboratively explore the relationship between the two countries through dialogue. Solis' pilot Connect Program, which ran this winter, was a great success. Participating students from 5 colleges were divided into units, with each unit consisting of three students from universities in the U.S. and three students from universities in the Middle East. The units ?“met?” twice a week for an hour and a half for six weeks for live sessions via Solis' customized online collaboration application. The online application used is very intimate, allowing participants to see one another's facial expressions, hear tone of voice, and even share jokes. Students were also able to communicate asynchronously via websites that were created for each unit. There they could post messages and exchange ideas, via both video and text. Click below to read more.

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NIF Launches Gorgeous New Website

The National Issues Forums (NIF) website has been redesigned, updated, and launched, and can now be seen at www.nifi.org. NIF encourages you to visit the site, tell others about it, and when you have news about National Issues Forums-related projects, events, or news, send them to Patty Dineen at or Fax: 724-443-5942. National Issues Forums bring people together to talk about important issues. They range from small study circles held in peoples?’ homes to large community gatherings modeled on New England town meetings. Each forum focuses on a specific issues such as illegal drugs, Social Security, or juvenile crime.

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Fulbright Scholar Grants Available in 47 Disciplines

The Fulbright Scholar Program offers faculty and professionals numerous opportunities for lecturing and/or research during the 2005-2006 academic year in 140 countries and all regions of the world. Awards range from two months to an academic year. Grants are in 47 disciplines and several interdisciplinary fields. Also, many countries offer "All Disciplines" grants, which allow applicants to design their own award. The application deadline for Fulbright traditional lecturing and research grants worldwide is August 1, 2004. For information, eligibility requirements, and online application, go to www.cies.org.

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Int'l Conference on Community Health Set for Early October

Community-Campus Partnerships for Health (CCPH) and The Network: Toward Unity for Health are co-sponsoring an international Conference in Atlanta, Georgia USA that will replace our individual conferences for that year. The conference will be held October 6-10, 2004. CCPH is a US-based organization that promotes health through partnerships between communities and higher educational institutions. The Network is an international organization of community-oriented health professional schools, many from developing countries. By collaborating in these and other ways, we hope to strengthen the many wonderful partnerships already underway around the world, as well as to engage new individuals and organizations in this important work. More details and the "call for proposals" will be posted on our website at www.ccph.info.

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New Higher Ed ?“Community of Practice?” Created on Democratic Dialogue

The American Association for Higher Education (AAHE) just created four new web-based COPs (Communities of Practice) -- on assessment, cognitive development, electronic portfolios, and democratic dialogue. The Society for Values in Higher Education (SVHE) is facilitating the COP on democratic dialogue, and they are inviting academics who are studying and experimenting with various models of discourse (study circles, National Issues Forums, intergroup dialogue, and others) to participate. Newcomers to the field are welcome! The group will convene a few times a year (optional) and exchange resources, ideas, and announcements via the web site.

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AAHE Conference on Democratic Transformations, Diversity Redefined and Digital Environments

On April 1-4, the American Association of Higher Education (AAHE) will hold its 2004 National Learning to Change Conference in San Diego, California. ?“Learning 3D: Democratic Transformations, Diversity Redefined, Digital Environments.?” The conference program focuses on the interplay of three major forces that are revolutionizing our global society and our institutions of higher education: the democratization of knowledge, diversity of populations, cultures and perspectives, and information and communication technologies.

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Service-Learning Gathering Engages Participants in Learning Circles

The Educators for Community Engagement?’s 2004 National Gathering will be held at Berea College in Berea, Kentucky from June 17-20, 2004. This 10th anniversary gathering will center around serious discussions between people who are truly dedicated to the concept of service-learning. National Gatherings differ from the usual academic conference in that you will join in a learning circle of your choice and remain there for the duration of the gathering - usually two days. During this time you will not only engage in amazingly in-depth discussions of extremely varied topics, but you will come to know others in your circle in a way not possible at an ordinary conference. In fact, you will develop some of the most meaningful and useful personal contacts imaginable. These people will continue to provide guidance, advice, and support (as will you yourself) throughout the year until the next gathering. www.e4ce.org

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In the News: Notre Dame students say more dialogue needed

In a January 21, 2004 article in the South Bend Tribune, Gene Stowe reports on campus dialogue efforts to bridge racial divisions on campus through sustained dialogue. Click below for the article.

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