Request for Proposals: Peacemaking and the Liberal Arts — FAHE 2020 Conference

The planning committee for the 2020 conference of the Friends Association for Higher Education invites proposals for presentations, workshops, panels, and papers that speak to Peacemaking and the Liberal Arts, the theme of our 2020 conference at Earlham College and Earlham School of Religion in Richmond, Indiana, Tuesday, June 9 through Thursday, June 11, 2020.  We seek proposals from faculty, staff, administrators, and trustees on the theme of the conference or other topics reflecting Quaker concerns in higher education.

The Quaker peace testimony calls us to work actively for the just and peaceful transformation of conflict, and for the removal of causes of violence and injustice. As educators at Quaker and non-Quaker institutions, what roles do peacemaking and social concern play in your context of higher education? Given the changing landscape of higher education when there is pressure to make education focus more intentionally on career-oriented preparation, what is the future of programs (both curricular and co-curricular) specializing in peacemaking and social justice?

Contributions are welcome from across the academic disciplines, from administrative staff and faculty, and from peacemaking practitioners. Those who work at Quaker institutions of higher education, Friends at non-Quaker schools, and those who are concerned for peacemaking among Friends are encouraged to consider offering a submission.

Proposals for chapters in the next FAHE book, New Directions for Quaker Peacemaking, are also invited. Presentations offered at the 2020 conference may be developed into a proposal for this 8th volume in the FAHE Quakers and the Disciplines series.
Submissions might explore aspects of the Quaker tradition regarding peacemaking but the overall goal is looking forward: From your perspective, what is needed for Friends’ peacemaking efforts now and in the future?

We offer these queries to provide focus, direction and inspiration in crafting proposals for presentations:

  • How do our Quaker perspectives in peacemaking shape our work with students, colleagues, and the institutions for whom we work?
  • In what ways can and should our institutions of higher education act as a local and global force for peace and justice?
  • What are the tensions between institutional stakeholders (e.g. students, administration, trustees, alumni, local community) regarding peacemaking and how do we approach those differences?
  • How do we engage the voices of those who do not share our individual and institutional perspectives on peace and justice?

    Proposals may be submitted on-line until January 15, 2020. Proposals on Quaker pedagogy and concerns are also welcomed. The conference planning committee will send a confirmation of receipt for each submission. Presenters will be notified of acceptance no later than February, 2020. Presenters of accepted proposals should register for the conference. Registration information will be available in January, 2020.

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