John Bul Dau shares his experiences at the Fifth Annual Partnership
Conference. Photo by Matthew Gadus
on global democracy draws
a large number of students and teachers
a week that whirl-winded Cleveland State University into the national
spotlight was another event that also brought well-known speakers and
powerful messages to campus. On Feb. 29, three days after the Clinton/Obama
debate rocked the venue, the Wolstein Center hosted the Fifth Annual
James Loewen, best-selling author and consultant for the U.S. Department
of Justice, and John Bul Dau, a fervent champion for humanitarian causes,
were the keynote speakers.
Starting in 1987, Dau was one of thousands of children that roamed Sudan
fighting starvation and fleeing violence.
Dau was one of the older boys, a leader among the others. Dau recalled
the boys walked barefoot and sometimes naked, with little or no food
or water. They survived, roaming Sudan, Kenya, and Ethiopia starving
Dau spoke about his struggled during the luncheon meeting. He told his
story of success through struggle.
Earlier, Loewen started off the morning session with his speech titled,
"Lies My Teacher Told Me about American History".
There were about 325 participants at the conference that started at
8:30 a.m. and ended by 2 p.m. In attendance were 50 to 60 CSU students.
In addition to college students, a wide range of school teachers, professors,
counselors, high school students and administrators.
Another 200 participated via video conference, which was presented by
the College of Education and Human Services in cooperation with the
Department of History, the College of Urban Affairs, and the Department
of Modern Languages.
Many breakout sessions focused on the conference's main theme "Preparing
Citizen's for a Global Democracy". Many sessions targeted social
studies and history teachers. The importance of conflict resolution,
student empowerment, and global awareness in the education process were
stressed in many of these seminars.
The promotion of Chinese language instruction was the topic of one session.
Shaker Heights High School students, dressed in cultural costume, performed
greetings and songs in Chinese during the luncheon. These students were
second year Chinese language students.
Using regional landscapes to reconnect American history to its global
roots was another topic touched upon at the conference.
Teaching Islam in social studies was also an important issue discussed.
CSU faculty and alumni working in education were recognized at an award
ceremony during the luncheon. Brigitte Bolgar, Karen Boyle, Jim Heffernan,
Debbie Lindak, George Massa, Audrey Schneider, Rose Spano, and Elizabeth
Thompkins were recognized for their service as school site coordinators
for CSU's Master of Urban Secondary Teaching (MUST) program.
Alumni Special Achievement Awards were received by James A. Harmon,
David K. Brown, and Dr. Raymond Clinton Hart. The Distinguished Faculty
Award went to Dr. Donald Ramos because of his work as the CSU voice
with the Ohio Board of Education.
Dr. Janice M. Gallagher received the Outstanding Leadership in Social
Studies Education Award.