2009-35th Annual Conference Overview
"Visions for Creating a Sustainable Future: Toward Transformational Change for a Collective World at Peace"
March 26-28, 2009
Northern Virginia Community College
1000 Harry Flood Byrd Highway
This conference promises to be stimulating and transformational, as ECCSSA invites participants to explore new paradigms and evaluate existing ones as we explore together topics, research, policy and strategies we can use in teaching and professional practice as we educate students and the community about the importance of preparing for a sustainable future.
This year's conference will be held at Northern Virginia Community College in the Washington, DC metropolitan area
and will draw on many of the resources and institutions focusing on the conference theme.
This should be an informative conference as we call for the participation and input from many professionals
and resource institutions to join us in dialogue as we address the conference theme.
Thursday, March 26, 2009, Pre-Conference Sessions
Special Faculty Session-
"Global Education: Teaching Community College Students Respect for Life and Human Dignity through Humanitarian Law and Conflict Management" International Humanitarian Law, American Red Cross
Documentary Film and Discussion-
"Encounter Point: Palestinian and Israeli Peace Builders", Just Vision, Inc., Washington, DC
"An Evening of Exploration with the National Geographic Society"
Dessert and Coffee
Friday, March 27, 2009, Conference Opening
Opening Keynote Speaker-
"15 Global Challenges"
Jerome Clayton Glenn, The Millennium Project, United Federation of United Nations Associations
Luncheon Keynote Speaker-
"Community Colleges as Agents of Global Peace"
David Smith, Senior Program Officer, Education & Training Center/Domestic, U.S. Institute of Peace
Special Student Session-
"Responding to Violent Conflict: Promoting Respect for Life and Human Dignity Through Humanitarian Law," International Humanitarian Law, American Red Cross
A variety of concurrent sessions, including panels,individual faculty and student presentations, luncheon roundtables, poster sessions.
"Trends in Anthropology"
Financial Aid for Community College Students"
"Incorporating Global Education in Writing Across the Curriculum"
"Causes and Consequences of Terroism"
"On Becoming world Citizens"
"A History of Peace"
"Transformations in Geography Education"
"Economic Development, Poverty and Health"
Friday night banquet at the exclusive Belmont Country Club, with Guest Speaker:
Dr. David Heyman, Director and Senior Fellow, Homeland Security Program, Center for Strategic and International Studies
Saturday, March 28, 2009
Closing Plenary Panel-"The Issue is the Future: Looking forward to Global Sustainability"
Dr. Jerome Clayton Glenn, The Millennium Project, Moderator
David J. Smith, U.S. Institute of Peace, Washington, DC
Dr. Stephen F. Steele, Applied Sociologist, Institute for the Future,
Anne Arundel Community College
Dr. Debra Rowe, Business Ecology, Energy and Psychology
U.S. Partnership for Education for Sustainable Development and Oakland Community College
Over the past few years, the membership and Board of Trustees of the Eastern Community College Social Science
Association (ECCSSA) has addressed transformational issues on the role of the social sciences in information sharing,
building a global and world community, curricula development, tolerance and humanity, and transformations toward peace
building and resolve. This year, we continue exploration of our role as professionals and social scientists in the conveyance
of perspectives and knowledge in higher education to the students and communities we serve.
The 2009 35th Annual ECCSSA Conference will focus on visionary paradigms to prepare and lead us into the future to ensure
the survival of succeeding generations so they may have a future worth living. The issues of concern are some of the following:
ways to encourage sustainability and change; peacemaking practices; strategies for conflict resolution; community involvement; cross-curricula themes; shared universal responsibility and understanding; mechanisms for public education; the creation of
global systems for collective intelligence; the necessity of cooperation; the establishment of international order; the role of world religions, the creation of zones of peace; the delineation and discussion of shared ethical values; and, the building of national,
cross-cultural and international understanding. This includes a discussion of implications for discipline-related instruction, research, policy and professional development.
ECCSSA recognizes the need, to assist students and communities to achieve success, become future leaders, and create and maintain positive, healthy and sustainable communities in a future world at peace. The transformative power of widespread
systemic education and change can improve lives, communities, the nation and world.
ECCSSA calls for visionary and innovative perspectives from the world community of scholars in all areas of the social sciences
and related pedagogy and research. We hope this exploration and dialogue will contribute to the current ongoing efforts to lead humanity through the structural, educational, cultural and behavioral transformations necessary to sustain and support future generations in our nation and the world community.
ECCSSA invites interested professionals and social scientists to join us in dialogue. The call for proposals includes submission
of proposals for presentation of papers and research, panel discussions, roundtables and posters.
For more information, contact: Dr. Rosalyn M. King, Conference Chair, at email@example.com.
Suggested Conference Themes & Topics for Papers and Presentations
Listed below are some suggested conference themes and topics, but the conference is not limited to those listed. Participants can propose other topics related to the conference theme.
-Historical influences on the conference theme
-Egalitarianism in multi-cultural states
-Cultural transformations in history
-History of peace
-Sustainability education and partnerships
-Interdisciplinary approaches to curricula using cross-curricular themes
-Community awareness, diversity and equal rights
-On becoming world citizens
Psychological, Anthropological, Social, and Geographical
-Peace-building and peace-making
-Impacts on human development and potential
-Health, disease and longevity
-Effects of conflict
-Nature of work and institutions
-Local, national and global interactions
-Transformations in geography education
-Place and migration
-Social practices, values, behaviors and lifestyles
-Literate and non-literate societies
-Future economic welfare
-The global economy
-Ethical market economies
Sustainable Economic Development
-Environmental Issues and economic instability
-Credit market and sustainable economic development
-Economic consequences of poverty, health, education, gender inequalities
-Energy and natural resource restraint
-Environmental impacts on health and human development
-Water quality, access, planning and management
-Security, standards and legislation
-Biodiversity and ecosystems
-Natural disasters and planning
Information and Technology
-Information and communications technologies (development, access and education)
-Robotics, artificial and collective intelligence
-Nanotechnology and telemedicine
-Collective conscience and universal responsibility
-Collective world peace
-Role of religion
-Creating zones of peace
Research and Policy
-Public and social policy
-Systemic and transformational change
Special Call for Student Papers and Presentations
The 2009 ECCSSA conference calls for student papers and other presentations including posters, paper and digital
portfolios, web sites, and models. These student projects may be developed independently, in conjunction with a class
assignment, or under instructor supervision.
ECCSSA strongly recommends Association members and teaching faculty encourage student participation in the conference.
Student participants will have the opportunity to dialogue with conference participants about their work. Exemplary student
presentations will be recognized.
Guidelines for student and faculty papers and presentations can be found on the ECCSSA website at: www.eccssa.org.
For more information on the 2009 ECCSSA conference, please contact
Dr. Rosalyn M. King, Conference Chair, at: firstname.lastname@example.org or (703) 450-2629.
Related Links on Conference Theme
A publication for purchase.
The report provides unique political, economic, and social insights into the progress the world is making. It presents
a detailed report, including 15 global challenges humanity must learn how to mitigate and manage as we continue to
evolve into our mutual future.
Keynote address by President J. Michael Adams of Fairleigh Dickinson University on the role
of colleges and universities in a global community.
An article on the importance of helping students become globally competent citizens.
An article by Dr. Cynthia Belar of the American Psychological Association.
The Millennium Project of WFUNA is a global participatory futures research think tank of futurists, scholars,
business planners, and policy makers who work for international organizations, governments, corporations, NGOs,
and universities. The Millennium Project manages a coherent and cumulative process that collects and assesses
judgements from its several hundred participants to produce the annual "State of the Future", "Futures Research
Methodology" series, and special studies such as the State of the Future Index, Future Scenarios for Africa,
Lessons of History, Environmental Security, Applications of Futures Research to Policy,
and a 700+ annotated scenarios bibliography.
Information, documents and publications relating to issues on sustainable development.
In December 2002, the United Nations General Assemby adopted resolution 57/254 to put in place a United Nations
Decade of Education for Sustainable Development, spanning from 2005 to 2014 and designated UNESCO to lead the
Decade. (Click on "all themes" under Themes.)
The United States Institute of Peace is an independent, nonpartisan institution established and funded by Congress.
Its goals are to help prevent and resolve violent international conflicts, promote post-conflict stability and development,
and increase conflict management capacity, tools, and intellectual capital worldwide.
The Institute does this by empowering others with knowledge, skills, and resources, as well as by directly
engaging in peacebuilding efforts around the globe.
The World Future Society is a nonprofit, nonpartisan scientific and educational association of people interested in how social and technological developments are shaping the future. The Society was founded in 1966 and is chartered as a nonprofit educational and scientific organization in Washington, D.C., U.S.A.
An organization educating institutions and the public about the importance of teaching
people to become world citizens. One can register to become a world citizen and receive a passport.
Download Forms Below:
Call for Papers and Proposals
Conference Registration Form in PDF
Register until March 20, 2009! After this date, pay the walk-in registration fee.
Note: If you have Internet e-mailing capability on your computer, you can send the form electronically via e-mail.
Be sure to print a copy for your records before sending. Checks must be mailed separately as directed.
All conference attendees and presenters are required to pay the conference registration fee.
Conference Proposal Form
(In a Word Document and PDF)
Guidelines for Presenters
Guidelines for Poster Presentations
Information and Application Form for Publishers, Organizations and Sponsors
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