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USIP Opens National Peace Essay Contest

The United States Institute of Peace (www.usip.org) is inviting high school students to enter a national essay contest. The topic for the 2007-08 competition is “Natural Resources and Conflict.” Participants are asked to write a 1,500-word essay stating what they believe are the necessary elements for the development of fair, peaceful, or effective use of natural
resources after a conflict. Students are eligible to participate if they are in grades nine through twelve in any of the fifty states, the District of Columbia, or a U.S. territory, or if they are U.S. citizens attending high school overseas. Students may be attending a public, private, or parochial school, or participating in a high school correspondence program. Entries from home-schooled students are also accepted.

First-place state-level winners are awarded $1,000 each and compete for national awards. National awards include one first-place award of $10,000; one second-place award of $5,000; and one third-place award of $2,500. First-place state winners are also invited to Washington, D.C., for the awards program. The institute pays for expenses related to the program, including travel, lodging, meals, and entertainment. Visit the USIP Web site for complete program information and entry procedures. The deadline for submissions is February 1, 2008.

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EPA Calls for Award Nominations

Here’s a great award to kick off the new year: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is seeking nominations for their Achievement in Environmental Justice Awards. The deadline is coming up soon – nominations must be postmarked by January 11, 2008.

Organizations should be nominated for their achievement in addressing environmental justice issues or achieving the goals of environmental justice in a manner that results in positive impacts to a community. The award competition will be open to all organizations within the United States. The nominated entity must have achieved a significant milestone or accomplishment within the past five years (2002-2007). National awards for achievements in environmental justice will be given to organizations in 5 categories: academic institutions, community-based organizations, non-governmental and environmental organizations, State and local government organizations, and Tribal government and indigenous organizations. (more…)

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Learning Democracy by Doing Conference Calls for Proposals

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We have just received a reminder from Melissa Abramovitz that the call for workshop proposals for the Learning Democracy by Doing conference closes at the end of this month. This international conference organized by the Transformative Learning Centre (TLC) Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto (OISE/UT) focuses on alternative practices in citizenship learning and participatory democracy and will be held October 16-18, 2008 at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto.

From the Transformative Learning Centre website:

We are interested in attracting presentations that examine past or present innovative  and progressive practices of transformative citizenship learning and participatory democracy in different settings including formal and  non-formal educational institutions, civil society organizations, municipal governments and workplaces. We encourage presentations  that pay attention to the strengths as well as to the weaknesses of those initiatives, placing them in their particular social and  historical contexts.

Deadline for submissions of proposals is December 31, 2007. Please submit your abstract by email in the body of the message to Nelson Rosales, TLC 2008 conference coordinator tlc2008@oise.utoronto.ca. More information about the event can be found at their website, http://tlc.oise.utoronto.ca.

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Louise Diamond Offering Change Agent Master Class in 2008

Louise Diamond will be offering a year-long master class for social change agents called How to Change the World. Beginning in January, this course covers the Four Wisdom Ways, or four areas of knowledge and skill essential to effective change leadership. Each Wisdom Way is explored in a three-month session that combines a 4-day intensive workshop with distance learning. You can take any session separately, or all of them for an integrated program. The fee for this first session of How to Change the World is $950; less if you register for more than one session. This includes tuition plus lunches and snacks during the intensive. The Home Study option costs $350. Limited scholarship assistance is available. For more information, and to register, go to www.louisediamond.com/training.html. Keep reading for a description of the first session…

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Early Registration Open for Tools For Participation Conference

Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility and the UC Berkeley School of Information have opened up early bird registration for their upcoming conference on online deliberation, with the theme of “Tools for Participation: Collaboration, Deliberation, and Decision Support, Directions and Implications of Advanced Computing Symposium” (www.publicsphereproject.org/events/diac08/). The conference will be held June 26 – 29, 2008.

DIAC-08 combines CPSR’s 11th DIAC symposium with the third Conference on Online Deliberation. The joint conference is intended to provide a platform and a forum for highlighting socio-technological opportunities, challenges, and pitfalls in the area of community and civic action. Technology enhanced community action ranges from informal communities of practice to democratic governance of formal organizations to large social movements.

They are still interested in receiving submissions including: (more…)

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Young Scholars Invited to Apply for Youth Purpose Research Awards

Here’s another grant opportunity that aims to fund research on youth and “purpose,” which sounds a lot like civic engagement to me: The Stanford Center on Adolescence supports young scholars pursuing research related to youth purpose. The program defines “purpose” as “a stable and generalized intention to accomplish something that is at once meaningful to the self and of intended consequence beyond the self.” Up to four awards of no more than $10,000 each will be given in 2008 and 2009 for dissertation, postdoctoral, and early faculty career research that sheds light on adolescent intention, involvement with beyond-the-self causes, and topics that lead to the development of purpose, function of purpose in a youth’s life, and supports for and challenges to purpose.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the U.S., and must be affiliated with an accredited college or university in the United States. Applicants may be from any discipline that may inform youth purpose scholarship. Complete program information is available at the Stanford Center on Adolescence Website (www.stanford.edu/group/adolescent.ctr). Deadline: January 17, 2008.

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Applications Open for Phillips Fund Grant for Native American Research

Here’s a small research grant opportunity for younger scholars doing work with Native Americans: Based at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, The Phillips Fund of the American Philosophical Society ( http://www.amphilsoc.org/ ) provides grants for research in Native American linguistics, ethnohistory, and the history of studies of Native Americans, in the continental United States and Canada. Grants are not made for projects in archaeology, ethnography, psycholinguistics, or for the preparation of pedagogical materials. The committee distinguishes ethnohistory from contemporary ethnography as the study of cultures and culture change through time.

The committee prefers to support the work of younger scholars who have received the doctorate. Applications are also accepted from graduate students for research on masters theses or doctoral dissertations. The fund’s one-year grants are intended for such costs as travel, tapes, films, and consultants’ fees but not for the purchase of books or permanent equipment. The average award is for approximately $2,500; grants do not exceed $3,500 each. Guidelines and application materials are available at the American Philosophical Society Web site. The deadline for applications is March 3, 2008.

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California Council for the Humanities Announces Guidelines for Story Fund

Here’s a grant that aims to promote public storytelling and reflection – what a lovely idea!

The California Story Fund is an ongoing grant program of the California Council for the Humanities (www.calhum.org). The council will award competitive grants to public humanities programs that bring to light compelling stories from California’s
diverse communities and provide opportunities for collective reflection and public discussion. The Story Fund is intended to encourage Californians from many communities to share their stories, thus promoting greater understanding and appreciation of the richness and complexity of the state. The council is especially interested in projects that will engage California youth in interpreting and reflecting on their experience through humanities-based programming. Organizations serving youth are strongly encouraged to apply. (more…)

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Call for Conference Proposals on Service Learning and Civic Engagement

The Community College National Center for Community Engagement (CCNCCE) is now inviting proposal submissions to present at its 17th national annual conference, Recipes for Student Retention through Service Learning and Civic Engagement, to be held on May 21-23, 2008. The deadline for submitting proposals is February 4th, 2008.

Conference presentations are 1-hour or 90-minute sessions, which should be designed to be highly interactive. Proposals to present at the conference must be submitted in electronic form. In keeping with the conference theme, some of the issues you may wish to address in your workshop are: (more…)

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Seeking Center Director for the Downtown Education Collaborative

The Downtown Education Collaborative (DEC)—a community education partnership between Andover College, Bates College, Central Maine Community College, and University of Southern Maine, Lewiston-Auburn—seeks an experienced, creative, dynamic leader to coordinate a unique initiative: the launch of a storefront center dedicated to joint, community-based educational work in and with Lewiston’s downtown residential neighborhood.

The ideal candidate will be a skilled collaborator, an able organizer, and a social entrepreneur with an ability to work comfortably in both academic and community settings. S/he will be skilled and knowledgeable at working with faculty and students from diverse academic settings and skilled and knowledgeable at working with diverse community perspectives and interests. The ideal candidate will be open, resourceful, and flexible, earning trust and offering good judgment as s/he sets the Center’s agenda, fosters collaboration, and nurtures DEC’s practice of consensus governance. S/he will possess a working knowledge of, or good instincts about, community issues, non-profit management, and academic culture.

The position is temporary, with a three-year commitment and the possibility of longer tenure if further funding is secured. The position offers an annual salary of $40,000 combined with an outstanding benefit package. Tentative start date for this position is January 9, 2007. (more…)