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TESOL Peace Forum in October
Presenters Include Betty Reardon

On Friday, October 17, 2003, The American University in Washington, D.C., will host an all-day TESOL Forum titled "Teachers Building a Culture of Peace: Classroom Responses to War and Terrorism." Betty Reardon, Founding Director of the Peace Education Center at Teachers College, Columbia University, will give a morning plenary, "The Role of Teachers in Promoting a Culture of Peace," before participants embark on a series of concurrent workshop sessions.

The morning round of concurrent workshops are: "Engaging ESL Students in Global Learning," by Alison Milofky, Education Program Officer, U.S. Institute for Peace; "Toward a More Balanced View of Arabs and Muslims," by Richard Seikaly, President, EnVisions, and Zeina Azzam Seikaly, Outreach Coordinator, Center for Contemporary Arab Studies, Georgetown University; and "In the Aftermath of Terrorism: A Young Person Asks 'Am I Safe?'," by Heidi Taylor, Curriculum Associate, The Red Cross National Headquarters.

The afternoon round of concurrent workshops are: "Students as Humanitarians: Integrating Learning and Acting Globally," by Erin Tunney, Program Associate, Interaction, American Council for Voluntary International Action; "Encouraging Civil Discourse with Logical Conversation in the ESL Classroom," by Robert Bruce Scott, Assistant Professor, Fort Hays State University; and "What is a 'Culture of Peace'--And How Do We Get There?," by Julia Morelli, Faculty, George Mason University, and Daniel Rainey, Deputy Chief of Staff, National Mediation Board.

For more information on this event, please consult the announcement at (

Report by Robb Scott, Hays, KANSAS

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