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International Educator Presents Pathways to Peace

Date: July 20, 2001
By: Dawn Fuller
Phone: (513) 556-1823
Archive: General News

An educator who works to build worldwide bridges of understanding between students of different cultures will present a seminar in peace education at the University of Cincinnati Aug. 14-17. Yaacov Iram, chairman of the peace education program at Bar-Ilan University (Israel) and past president of the World Association for Educational Research, visited the University of Cincinnati's peace education program last October as part of his research as a Fulbright Scholar. Yaacov Iram

He returns to campus for a three-credit hour graduate level course held from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Aug. 14-17. Iram will present his research and analysis of peace education programs in the United States. He will also explore the approaches of teachers in regions where young students witness the ravages of war and conflict regularly, such as the Balkans, Northern Ireland and the Middle East.

At his home university, Iram holds workshops to train educators to become "agents of peace." The workshops promote understanding and tolerance between Israeli Jews and Arabs as well as Israelis and Palestinians. He has published numerous articles and journals focusing on multicultural education and social justice.

Iram holds a United Nations Educational and Scientific Cultural (UNESCO)-sponsored Josef Burg chair for Human Values, Peace and Tolerance. His U.S. research is sponsored by the Fulbright Yitzhak Rabin Award to promote coexistence, peace, understanding and tolerance.

Iram's UC seminar is hosted by the Urban Center for Peace Education and Research (UCPER). Graduate students who are interested in registering for the seminar can contact Professor Marvin Berlowitz, director of UCPER, at (513) 556-3608.

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