Peace Education Topic Opens Gandhi Center Discussion Series

From: Public Affairs

The Mahatma Gandhi Center for Global Nonviolence presents The Gandhi Center Discussion Series

"Comparative Peace Education:
Considerations from India and the United States"
January 26, 2012
Harrison Hall, Room 2105
James Madison University
7:00-9:00 p.m.


Peace education, as an approach to alleviate various forms of violence in formal and informal education contexts, is both socially and politically suspect in the United States based on historical antecedents, yet the term is implicitly widely understood in India with a legacy of nonviolent activism and social change led by historical mentors such as Mahatma Gandhi and Mother Theresa. Explore nested conceptions of peace education and various approaches to doing peace in this interactive lecture. Should peace education for social change be about the peace of medicine, clean water, shelter, and the peace of access and opportunity afforded by education? These and other appropriate questions aligned with a critical peace education will be considered from a comparative perspective.

Edward J. Brantmeier, is the Assistant Director of the Center for Faculty Innovation and Assistant Professor in the Learning, Technology, and Leadership Education Department at James Madison University. He is a faculty affiliate and member of the Board of Trustees of the Mahatma Gandhi Center for Global Nonviolence. In 2009, Ed was a Fulbright-Nehru Scholar in peace studies in India where he had traveled/worked several times prior as a volunteer for NGOs committed to refugees and the poor. He has authored numerous articles/book chapters on peace education and multicultural education and has co-edited books on peace education ("Spirituality, Religion, and Peace Education," "147 Tips for Teaching Peace and Reconciliation" and "Transforming Education for Peace").

Save theses dates for future discussions in the series:
February 14
March 13
April 17

For more information, contact:
The Mahatma Gandhi Center for Global Nonviolence
Phone: (540) 568-7249
Email: gandhicenter@jmu.edu

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Jan. 13, 2012