BEYOND DALLAS... "The world is a great book, and those who do not travel see only one page." St. Augustine
International Organizational Consulting and Collaboration
Created and led by Dr. Robert Barner, this class offers the opportunity to broaden your "toolkit" to succeed as a private consultant. Five collaboration skills highly prized by major corporate and nonprofit employers will be covered: Appreciative Inquiry, World Café, Open Space Technology, Visual Facilitation, and Future Search. While each of these techniques is somewhat different, they are all means of helping groups of people explore positive ways of brainstorming ideas and developing creative solutions to problems. International and multi-cultural applications will be addressed along with opportunities to learn from successful international consultants. The last day includes a trip to Belfast to work with Anne Carr, one of the authors of the Good Friday agreement, which resulted in one of the most successful peace processes of modern times. Students will stay at historic Trinity College in the heart of Dublin, and the unique class schedule allows extra time for sightseeing and touring.
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Religion and Dispute Resolution takes place in a beautiful 15th century Italian villa, with accommodations at a nearby luxury hotel. Professor Richard Blackburn, an internationally recognized congregational mediator, will introduce students to the mediation skillset. Prof. Blackburn, who also holds advanced degrees in Art History, will lead tours of many of the sights of Florence and explain the historic interplay between conflict, peacemaking, art and culture. This course also counts as the required Mediation class for the Dispute Resolution program as well as fulfilling the statutory requirement for mediator certification in the state of Texas.
Community Conflict Engagement will focus on the conflict environment in Israel and the Occupied Territory of Palestine as it affects social interaction among neighbors, family, and co-workers. The course will be taught by Professor Daniel Rainey, a faculty member at SMU and a practitioner with decades of experience in dispute resolution in the US and internationally. Students will investigate the practice of dispute resolution through interaction with community mediation centers and conflict engagement practitioners in Israel and in Palestine. Because it is impossible to understand the nature of the social conflict environment without putting the conflict in geographical, social, and political, and religious contexts, lectures and discussions will be combined with site visits to the historic and religious site that have become "icons" for the ongoing conflict in the region.
NEW MLS COURSE ABROAD: SUMMER II (WRITING THE CITY) SEMINAR
Join Dr. Gary Swaim for an 8-day trip to Oxford, England.
Dr. Swaim received his A.B. in English from the University of California at Riverside and his Ph.D. in Comparative Literature and Philosophy from the University of Redlands and Claremont Graduate University (both of California). He has taught broadly in a variety of interdisciplinary courses as well as in English and creative writing (graduate and undergraduate). He serves as Faculty Advisor for the Creative Writing Concentration in the MLS Program and is Executive Editor of Pony Express(ions), an emerging online journal reflecting the academic work, including creative writing, of the MLS Program. He is a produced playwright, writer of fiction, and digital painter. In 1999 he was selected as a Minnie Stevens Piper Professor of Excellence for the State of Texas. He has, additionally, been honored as the 2011 Texas Senior Poet Laureate.
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The Embrey Human Rights program invites you to travel to Perth, Australia in August 2013.
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Jan Term 2014: Study Tour of India
Multicultural Applications to Teamwork and Teambuilding provides an excellent introduction to the skills required to work effectively within multicultural settings. It will be of interest to anyone who has the goal of eventually working in a multi-national organization or international capacity or has a strong interest in learning about other cultures. The course will also focus on the application of multicultural research to the interpersonal skill areas of team building and conflict management.
Bring a Spouse or a Friend! Want to bring a spouse or friend? They are welcome to come along and share the experience, without taking the class, in both Dublin and Florence. We have very attractive "Go along" rates available which include the room, breakfasts, all tours and the special farewell dinner at the end of the class. Due to the large amount of travel involved in the Israel and India classes, all participants must take that class either ‘for’ or ‘non’-credit; go-along rates are not available. Already graduated from your program and want to Study Abroad? You can take any class we offer and pay the lower non-credit rate!
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To reserve now, your non-refundable $500.00 deposit can be sent to the following address:
Dispute Resolution Program
5228 Tennyson Parkway #118
Plano, TX 75024
Checks made payable to ‘SMU’