Professor Deirdre (Dede) Johnston has been selected as the 2014-15 recipient of the Dean’s Global Education Grant. This grant is given to one faculty member in the division each year to promote the global mission of Hope. Her specific proposal for this grant competition will allow her to connect with colleagues from Bratislava International School of Liberal Arts (BISLA) in Slovakia and the American University of Beirut (AUB). Her plan is to engage Hope students with faculty and students from these other institutions. In so doing, Hope students will study and
gain understanding in, among other things, the causes of conflict and violence, the processes of peace building, effective intergroup dialog, and the religious and philosophical perspectives that impact human relations.
The grant will also allow Hope to develop a conjoined course entitled “Narratives of Peace, Conflict and Reconciliation” that will be taught with Hope, BISLA and AUB students. The students will connect via Skype during the Spring semester 2016. The students from all three institutions will then meet together in South Africa for a two-week study and tour in May 2016, applying what they have learned in the Spring semester.