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International area studies centers to present peace, conflict educator workshop

Monday, April 14, 2014

LAWRENCE — International area studies centers will present an interdisciplinary educator workshop April 26 titled Children of Conflict, Children of Peace, at the Edwards Campus in Overland Park . This event is free and open to educators, students and interested members of the public. Registration is required.

The Children of Conflict, Children of Peace workshop will explore the experience of children throughout the world mediated through the universal theme of peace and conflict. The morning lecture sessions will cover such topics as child soldiers in Africa, ethnic identity in China, peace through education in South America, and child trafficking in the Middle East and Eastern Europe. Afternoon interactive workshop sessions include analyzing international events through media sources, a how-to for starting after-school Peace and Social Justice clubs, an exploration of a trafficking victim’s experience as well as a skills lab for conflict mediation and resolution.

This workshop is sponsored by the University of Kansas Center for East Asian Studies, Center for Global & International Studies, Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS), Center for Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies and Kansas African Studies Center, with additional support from the Kansas Consortium for Teaching About Asia.

See flyer for more information.

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