Peace Studies Journal
This autoethnography narrates the story of how I taught the Nonviolent Communication and Peace course to undergraduate students at an urban university in the midst of a densely populated military region in the U.S. I describe what it feels like to be in the peace class from the student and professor’s points of view. I invite readers to consider creative options for teaching and learning about peace, including: insight meditation, cultivating peace attitudes/behavior from readings about inspirational peace people, developing nonviolent communication skills, and connecting students with their local world through a personal and creative peace project. Finally, I include reflection questions for those that want to delve deeper into peace. The Nonviolent Communication and Peace course syllabus is available from the author upon request.
Original Publication Citation
Baesler, E. J. (2017). I’d rather teach peace: An autoethnographic account of the nonviolent communication and peace course. Peace Studies Journal, 10(2), 71-75.
Baesler, E. James, "I’d Rather Teach Peace: An Autoethnographic Account of the Nonviolent Communication and Peace Course" (2017). Communication & Theatre Arts Faculty Publications. 16.