2018 NISOD International Conference on Teaching and Leadership Excellence, Austin, Texas
"Partnering With the American Red Cross:
The Exploring Humanitarian Law Program"
How can professors, lecturers, researchers, and students foster respect for and implementation of international humanitarian law, the rules that ensure respect for life and human dignity in war?
We present the American Red Cross’ approach to working with colleges and universities and the tools available to support those efforts. This session aims to encourage academic communities to work with the American Red Cross to teach, debate, and research the legal and humanitarian issues relating to armed conflict.
Andrew Hill, Assistant Professor, Philosophy, St. Philip's College
Takes place on May 29, 2018, 10:30 AM
Roundtable Discussion Area #1 | Table 3, 6th Floor, Hilton Austin
500 East 4th Street, Austin, Texas 78701
Fiesta of Teaching Technology
Wednesday, April 25th
10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Join the fun and learn about technologies you can use with your classes. Meet with other faculty and staff as they present and demonstrate technology tools to enhance teaching and learning. You don’t have to attend the entire period. Come when your schedule allows. Visit with presenters at each table for as little or as long as you like.
Exhibits! Demonstrations! Food! Door Prizes!
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Table topics include:
Creating Videos for Online Ethics Classes
Andrew Hill | Faculty | Ethics
Presented by the
Instructional Innovation Center
The Western Social Science 60th Annual Conference
April 4-7, 2018
San Antonio, Texas, USA
Hyatt Regency San Antonio Riverwalk
123 Losoya St.
San Antonio, TX 78205
Preliminary Conference Program
The preliminary conference program can be downloaded from the link below. The final, official, program will be available online, with all deletions, additions, and changes included, sometime in June, 2018.
Click here for the Preliminary Conference Program (final will be online after conference)
While at the conference, attendees are encouraged to take advantage of our mobile program app. There will be printed programs available, but the mobile app can be updated during the conference, with changes in rooms, times, and panel participants.
2018 Program Director
Christopher Brown, Ph.D.
Department of Geography
New Mexico State University
PO Box 30001, MSC MAP
Las Cruces NM 88003-8001
The deadline for submission of proposals for papers/panels/roundtables for the 2018 Conference is December 8th, 2017. Submissions are made online, on the "Sections & Affiliates" page. Click on the names of the sections, choose the one that best fits your paper/panel/roundtable, and click the appropriate submission type.
From the Scholar's Choice
To : Annual Meeting Presenters and Authors: The Western Social Science Association has again arranged with The Scholar’s Choice to manage the combined book exhibit for our annual conference taking place April 4-7 in San Antonio, Texas. It may be possible for your recently-published books to be included in their display. Please refer to the guidelines below: “Any members interested in having their book displayed at the upcoming WSSA meeting should contact their publisher as soon as possible to see if they would be willing to send the book for the exhibit. Requests from the presses will be accepted until March 10th or until the table space has filled. The Scholar’s Choice displays on behalf of the publishers and all requests must come from them, not the individual authors. If they don’t already have it, the press may request the appropriate paperwork by emailing Mary Lynn Howe at email@example.com.
New & Renewing Members: Please Note
Conference registration confers membership, making all conference registrants members of the Association. As always, membership will continue to include subscriptions to the Social Science Journal and the WSSA News.
If you are not able to attend the conference, but wish to retain your subscriptions to the Social Science Journal and the WSSA Newsletter, and your rights to vote in elections for Board Officers and Members, to participate in the annual Business Meeting, and to vote on matters set before the membership for decision, there is a membership-only option. To choose that option, fill out the Membership-only online form, or click here to download the paper Subscription Membership-only form to mail, with a check or money order.
Disability Accessibility Services
WSSA will make every reasonable effort to arrange for motorized scooters, sign-language interpreters, sighted guides, and other communication avenues for conference registrants who need them. WSSA cannot support any ADA requests for support which are not directly related to the activities of the conference.
This includes, but is not limited to, guided tours, activities and other events which may be provided by a third party affiliated with but not primarily a part of the WSSA conference (e.g., tours and trips provided by affiliates and sections, local universities, etc.). Please email the Meeting Services staff (WSSA.Admin@nau.edu) by no later than March 1 of the conference year to identify the accommodation that you need. The Meeting Services staff will contact you to discuss needs and possible arrangements.
If your organization would like to post an announcement about an upcoming event or conference that will be of interest to WSSA members, please contact the Communications Director, Kate Herke. Appropriate announcements will be posted under the "Other Upcoming Conferences" link, below the "WSSA Awards/Careers" tab.
I presented "Using the Law of Armed Conflict to Teach Ethics" with Matthew Fuller, St. Philip’s College, on March 1, 2018.
This brief presentation describes how to use examples from the law of armed conflict to teach Ethics. Fifteen years of combat in Iraq and Afghanistan has renewed interest in issues such as the treatment of prisoners, the definition of torture, the use of drones, the calculation of collateral damage, and the classification of combatants.
The rules that govern these issues are known collectively as international humanitarian law (IHL), and the International Committee of the Red Cross is mandated by States, through the Geneva Conventions and their Additional Protocols, to promote and act as guardian of IHL.
The Twenty-seventh Annual Conference is open to Association members and nonmembers and welcomes persons from various disciplines and professions for discussion of common concerns in practical and professional ethics. The conference provides an opportunity to meet practitioners, professionals and scholars who share your interests.
Follow us on Twitter @APPEonline where we live tweet throughout the conference.
2018 St. Philip's College Arts & Sciences Colloquia
I presented "eX-spouses, eXorcisms, and eXcommunication," a lecture on the Canon Law of the Roman Catholic Church, on February 22, 2018 in the Sutton Learning Center of St. Philip's College in San Antonio, Texas.
The lecture was part of a series sponsored by the Dean of Arts & Sciences, Prof. George Johnson.
Questions about Exorcism
What is an exorcism?
Exorcism is a specific form of prayer that the Church uses against the power of the devil.
What is the difference between an exorcism and the Sacrament of Penance?
Exorcism is a prayer that falls in the category of sacramentals, that is, one of a number of sacred signs instituted by the Church "to sanctify different circumstances of life" (Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, no. 351), thus varying from the seven sacraments of the Church which were instituted by Christ himself. The Sacrament of Penance forgives our sins and reconciles us to the Church, renewing Baptism and bestowing grace to fight evil and grow in virtue. As a sacramental, exorcism prepares one for the grace of the Sacrament.
Why does the Church need exorcisms?
There are instances when a person needs to be protected against the power of the devil or to be withdrawn from his spiritual dominion. At such times, the Church asks publicly and authoritatively in the name of Jesus Christ for this protection or liberation through the use of exorcism.
I presented “Martin Luther: The 500 Year Commemoration of the Reformation” with the Rev. Heather Hansen of the MacArthur Park Lutheran Church at Joint Base San Antonio Fort Sam Houston on October 11, 2017.
The evening dinner, lecture, and conversation were organized by Rey Gustamente, the Director of Religious Education & Youth Ministry in the Garrison Chaplain's Office at the Joint Base San Antonio Fort Sam Houston, San Antonio, Texas.
Presentation Title: "2016 Fulbright Scholars-in-Residence from the UK"
I presented at the Southwest Fulbright Symposium, which was held at the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) on June 4, 2016.
The Symposium was held in San Antonio at the UTSA Downtown Campus, Durango Building, from 8:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
The Southwest Fulbright Symposium, originated by the San Antonio Symposium, Fulbright Association, is dedicated to promoting international educational and cultural exchanges that foster a global network of all internationalists, including but not limited to Fulbright Alumni.
Presentations were made in a seated round-table discussion format and were timed for approximately 20-minute rotations. Announcements alerted presenters to changes to allow attendees to switch tables in order to discuss topics of interest by time segment. In order to facilitate face-to-face conversations, electrical outlets and data projectors were not made available.
8:00 to 11:45 a.m. — Roundtable Presentations & Discussions
11:45 a.m. to Noon — Break for lunch in Southwest Room
Noon to 1:30 — Lunch and Keynote Presentation
The 2015 Interdisciplinary Education Conference of the North American Chapter- World Council For Curriculum And Instruction
I presented "Using Shakespeare to Teach Ethics at the Nation's only Historically Black College or University (HBCU) that is also a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI)" at the 2015 Interdisciplinary Education Conference of the North American Chapter- World Council For Curriculum And Instruction on October 25, 2015.
The theme of the conference was “Creating Educational Environments that Embrace Diversity," was co-sponsored by Lipscomb University, and held in Nashville, Tennessee.
The purpose is to gather persons from across disciplines, from all levels of education and from the community to address: Creating Educational Environments that Embrace Diversity.
The 2015 Active and Collaborative Learning Conference at Northwest Vista College
I presented "Using Shakespeare to Teach Ethics: The 600th Anniversary of the Battle of Agincourt" at the Active and Collaborative Learning Conference at Northwest Vista College on March 27, 2015.
The Keynote workshop was titled: "Create an Engaging Learning Environment: FLIP a Lesson!" presented by Sarah Glova from FLIP IT Consulting. When you flip, you switch from instructor-centered design to student-centered design.
"Remember to bring a lesson you would like to flip and come and join us as we learn to create a learning environment so students are engaging in activities, applying concepts and focusing on higher level learning outcomes during class time. You will receive a copy of the Flip It workbook and resources packet and access to the Flip It resources website.
There will be two breakout sessions with workshops conducted by our fellow faculty. Seating is limited so make sure to reserve your seat through AlamoLearn."
I presented "Human Rights Law and World War I" as part of the Fourth Annual Community Reading Experience at St. Mary's University on October 29, 2014.
The English and Communications Studies Department at St. Mary's University sponsored the event, which was organized to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of World War I through a conversation about the period’s literature and history. The evening featured faculty-led round table discussions, and a panel presentation by:
Frank Kersnowski, Ph.D.
"Robert Graves, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and Its Consequences"
Jean M. Cannon, Ph.D. and Elizabeth L. Garver
"The Unknown War: The Curation of The World at War, 1914-1918"
Major General Alfred Valenzuela (B.B.A. '70, and M.A. '79) (U.S. Army, Retired)
"A Report on the United States WWI Centennial Commission"
The event was organized by Profs. Melissa Scully and Kathleen Maloney.
I presented "Border Violence: How We Applied Lessons Learned from Northern Ireland to the Border Conflict between the United States and Mexico" at the Bridging Cultures to Form a Nation Conference at Lone Star College Kingwood on November 8, 2013.
The conference was sponsored by The Democracy Commitment: An American Community College Initiative (TDC) and the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U), which announced a three-year curriculum and faculty development project supported by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: "Bridging Cultures to Form a Nation: Difference, Community, and Democratic Thinking."
The TDC stated: "Diversity has always characterized our nation’s democracy and marked differential access to opportunities. In the face of ever increasing diversity, intensified globalization, and hardening political polarization, it is more urgent than ever that higher education—and the humanities in particular—offer vehicles through which students expand their knowledge of each other’s cultures and develop skills to work across differences toward shared goals. As a microcosm of our nation’s diversity, community colleges are the ideal public space to infuse such learning, and the humanities—steeped in the practice of entering imaginatively into other people’s lives and worldviews through literature, history, and philosophy—are particularly well-suited to cultivate these capacities."
The 2013 Annual International Conference on Teaching & Leadership Excellence at the University of Texas at Austin
I presented "Exploring Humanitarian Law & Educating Your Students as Global Thinkers" at the 35th Annual International Conference on Teaching & Leadership Excellence, which was held May 26-29, 2013 in Austin, Texas.
NISOD’s International Conference on Teaching and Leadership Excellence attracts educators from around the world and is the definitive gathering of community and technical college faculty, administrators, and staff seeking to engage in deep conversations about best and promising practices designed to improve student achievement.
Classroom Innovations: Making a Pedagogical Shift in Teaching & Learning
Conference Date: April 5-6, 2013
Texas A&M University-San Antonio
San Antonio, TX 78224
I presented "Using the Exploring Humanitarian Law Program to Advance Learning Goals Across the Curriculum" at the 2013 Southwest Teaching & Learning Conference, sponsored by and held at Texas A&M University-San Antonio on April 5, 2013.
I co-presented "Using Gricean Maxims to Help Control Difficult Students in Class" with Dr. Mary Lynne Gasaway Hill at the 2013 Southwest Teaching & Learning Conference, sponsored by and held at Texas A&M University-San Antonio on April 6, 2013.
We are excited to welcome proposals for the 2013 Southwest Teaching & Learning Conference (SWTLC), sponsored by Texas A&M University-San Antonio. Our primary mission is to facilitate the sharing of knowledge about teaching and learning in theory as well as through classroom best practices.
16 November 2012
I presented "Human Rights Language in The Troubles and in Post-Conflict Northern Ireland," at the 69th Annual Conference of the South Central Modern Language Association, "Death, Eros & the Literary Enterprise," which was held at the historic Sheraton Gunter Hotel in San Antonio, Texas, November 8 - 10, 2012.
I was part of the team that developed and delivered the 2012 Lilly Fellows Program Summer Seminar, with the theme "Peace and Reconciliation in Northern Ireland: Theory and Practice." We developed and delivered the course at the Corrymeela Centre in Ballycastle, Northern Ireland during July 9 - 28, 2012.
The theme was "Conflict Transformation in Northern Ireland: Theory and Practice." The purpose of this trip was to provide graduate students an "on-the-ground" encounter with seasoned practitioners and world-class scholars experienced in the field of conflict resolution. The experiential learning trip was held June 24 - July 1, 2012.
On January 6, 2011, I presented to the St. Thomas More Society of Dallas about the work of Catholics and Protestants at the Corrymeela Peace Centre in Ballycastle, Northern Ireland.
About the Society
The St. Thomas More Society of the Diocese of Dallas, Texas, is open to Catholic lawyers, judges, public servants and officials active in the legal profession, and all individuals who are interested in the relationship between the Catholic faith and the law.
The purpose of the Society is to encourage Catholic lawyers within the diocese of Dallas to live a Christian vocation by sanctifying their daily work. To that end, the Society sponsors the annual Red Mass, monthly meetings (September through May), social hours, continuing legal education, and other activities.
Together, we ask God to bless, strengthen, and enlighten all servants of the law, and all people of faith, so that in solidarity and mutual trust we may achieve justice and freedom for society.
For more information, Download a Brochure
The goals of the Society, which were adopted by the Directors on June 22, 2010, are:
The Society is a charitable organization exempt from federal income tax under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. It is led by a Board of Directors appointed by the Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Dallas.
The Irish Peace Centres
Theological Student Conference
April 12th -14th, 2011 at the Armagh City Hotel
As theological students and faith practitioners we are often expected to understand the place of the
vulnerable or the ‘outcast’ in our communities. However what do our faith texts truly have to say about ‘the other’? How can we apply these lessons to our situation on the Island of Ireland?
What’s this conference about? Under the theme of ‘Being the Other’ the conference will consider the question: “What resources are available within my faith’s texts and traditions for when I am the ‘other’?”
There are 18 sponsored places available for this residential conference at which each participant will be invited to contribute a 1500 word paper addressing the question. The conference is open to both undergraduate and postgraduate students. Travel costs will also be covered.
What are the Outcomes? One of the main outcomes of this project will be that your essay will be peer reviewed and published in Irish Peace Centres Experiential Learning Papers series later in 2011. You also have the opportunity to expand your understanding of other theological approaches to contemporary issues. Contact:
David McMillan - (0044) (0)7974663119
Patrick Kane - (0044) (0)7907155944
2011 Summer Study Tour of St. Mary's University
"The Northern Ireland trip took students on an educational journey into the multifarious field of conflict transformation. During the week in Northern
Ireland, students encountered "lived" experiences of conflict transformation and were introduced to some of the core theories, strategies, and applications
useful for transforming violent conflicts and cultivating reconciliation.
The Corrymeala Centre in Ballycastle, Northern Ireland was the center of the trip. Day trips to Londonderry and Belfast rounded out the students' firsthand experience. A variety of groups visited Corrymeala to engage the students in discussion of the historical, religious, and societal implications of the civil strife and the measures underway to heal the wounds of a country and its citizens."
Corrymeela Centre in Ballycastle was the setting for the Irish Peace Centres’ first International Summer School. The event was held from 1-4 August 2011 on the North Antrim coast and brought together academics and peace practitioners from Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland, USA, Israel, Palestine, South Africa and the rest of the UK.
The event ran a series of workshops throughout the course of four days which centred on the peace-building activity of the IPC consortium at local, regional and international levels. The workshops provided a comprehensive taster of the activities that the consortium rolls out in diverse communities, and captured the thematic areas of the consortium’s work including women and peace-building; ex-combatants, survivors, wider society and storytelling; theology and peace; interpersonal relationships and well-being.
2011 Irish Peace Centres
International Summer School Team Members:
Paul Hutchinson, Paddy Logue, Pádraig Ó Tuama, Susan McEwen, Owen Donnelly, Alastair Little, Wilhem Verwoerd, Laura Stewart, Stephanie Burns, Bronagh Sharpe, and Andrew Hill.