UT peace education scholar wins Fulbright grant to Colombia
A peace education scholar at The University of
Toledo is heading to Latin America to support the society-wide
effort to realize a 2016 peace deal that ended a 52-year civil
war in Colombia between the government and the Armed
Revolutionary Forces of Colombia, or FARC, among other
Dr. Dale Snauwaert, professor of educational
theory and peace studies in the UT Department of Educational
Foundations and Leadership, was awarded a Fulbright Specialist
Award and will spend Sept. 4-18 at the Institute for Bioethics
at the Pontifica Universidad Javeriana in Bogota to study and
give lectures and workshops on moral theory, environmental
ethics and peace education.
“It will take a generation or two to socially, economically and
politically integrate generations of ex-militants into Colombian
society,” Snauwaert said. “One of the keys to the success of the
peace process, therefore, is peace education.”
The lectures and discussion forums are open to the public,
including faculty and students at Pontifica Universidad
Javeriana and government officials.
“At this critical stage in the Colombian peace process, an
understanding of the philosophy and practice of justice and
peace building among the citizenry is essential for its
success,” Snauwaert said. “The project will open the institution
to an ongoing dialogue regarding peace and justice as well as
the recognition of the inclusion of peace and justice studies as
a civic responsibility of the university.”
“This is an outstanding award, and Dale is certainly worthy of
it. His work in peace education is well-known and respected,”
Dr. Raymond Witte, dean of the UT Judith Herb College of
Education, said. “A Fulbright recognition is at the highest
level, and this speaks directly to the quality of Dale's work as
well as the support from the Judith Herb College of Education
and the University at large.”
Peace studies is an interdisciplinary field of study and a
learning process designed to develop the capacity of democratic
citizens to critically understand and transform all forms of
violence and the patterns of thought that justify them and to
envision and pursue a just and peaceful world.
“The primary elements of peace studies focus on the causes that
give rise to and sustain violence, approaches to resolving
violent conflict, and the articulation and defense of ethical
and political principles and values that define the normative
conditions of peace, including theories of justice, both ideal
and non-ideal,” Snauwaert said.
UT offers an undergraduate minor in peace and justice studies
and oversees the Betty A. Reardon Archives, which is housed in
UT’s Canaday Center for Special Collections. The collection
consists of Reardon’s extensive publications, unpublished
manuscripts, curriculum, reports, scholarly presentations, and
correspondence from the 1960s to the present about peace
studies. The archives of the world-renowned champion of peace
education and 2013 nominee for the Nobel Peace Prize have been
in the Canaday Center since 2009.
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