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Renowned peace educator Betty Reardon will discuss obstacles and tasks in peace education on December 2, 2009.

POUGHKEEPSIE, NY—Peace educator Dr. Betty A. Reardon will discuss some obstacles and tasks in peace education in her lecture, “Human Rights Learning as Peace Education,” at Vassar College on Wednesday, December 2. Free and open to the public, the Biennial Elaine Lipschutz Lecture on Multicultural Issues will begin at 5:30pm in Rockefeller Hall, Room 200.

In the months during which the human rights community lobbied to extend the “Decade for Human Rights Education,” a controversy emerged among human rights advocates. This “seemingly trivial, but pedagogically and politically significant” difference of opinion was between the choice of “human rights education” or “human rights learning” to designate the theme. The debate revealed a number of the obstacles and tasks to be addressed by peace educators who view human rights as essential to the field.

During the lecture, Reardon will outline the fundamental differences implied in these two contested human rights terms. She will also outline the obstacles and tasks that fall to those active in the on-going development of peace education.

About the Speaker

Betty A. Reardon is a world-renowned leader in the field of peace education, with 46 years of experience in international peace education and 33 years in the international movement for the human rights of women. She is the founding director emeritus of the International Institute on Peace Education (IIPE), and founder of the Peace Education Center at Teachers College in Columbia University.

A consultant for various agencies of the United Nations, Reardon has also taught in schools and colleges worldwide, focusing on issues of human rights, ecology, sustainable development, and gender in her courses. Her major publications include: Learning to Abolish War: Teaching Toward a Culture of Peace (2002), which she co-wrote with Alicia Cabezudo; Educating for A Culture of Peace in a Gender Perspective (2001); and Sexism and the War System (1996).

Reardon has received many awards in recognition of her long career in peace education, including the 2009 MacBride Peace Prize and the UNESCO Honorable Mention Award at the Peace Education Prize Ceremonies in Paris in 2001. She holds a doctorate in education from Columbia University and a master’s degree in history from New York University.

The Biennial Elaine Lipschutz Lecture on Multicultural Issues is sponsored by the Department of Education and co-sponsored this year by the programs of Woman’s Studies, International Studies, and Asian Studies, and the Office Residential Life and Office of Spiritual and Religious Life. Past speakers in this series include Neal H. Shultz (2007), William Ayers (2005), and Carl A. Grant (2003).

People with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact the Office of Campus Activities at (845) 437-5370. Without sufficient notice, appropriate space and/or assistance may not be available. Directions to the Vassar campus are available at www.vassar.edu/directions.

Vassar College is a highly selective, coeducational, independent, residential liberal arts college founded in 1861.

Posted by Office of Communications Monday, November 23, 2009