Meet Arthur Romano
Arthur Romano is an Assistant Professor at the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University. He is a scholar-practitioner whose research and applied interests include global educational movements, the use of transformative and experiential education in communities affected by violence and nonviolence education. Professor Romano teaches courses on identity and conflict resolution, peace education and group, community and organization conflict analysis and resolution. Arthur’s PhD research utilized complexity theory to examine pedagogical innovation in the field of international peace education.
Arthur has designed and implemented experiential educational programs in Asia, Africa, and Central America on peace and conflict resolution related themes. He co-developed the Diversity Matters Now workshop series, which explores issues related to identity and peace-building in colleges and universities across the US.
Arthur is also committed to the ‘co-production of knowledge’ and has worked with various community actors to generate and disseminate information about conflict resolution and peace education. In 2011, he wrote Education for Peace: A Resource Guide for Educators and the Community, and in 2005, he worked with a coalition of community groups to produce Teaching Peace in Scotland. Both publications were generated in dialogue with community educators and were offered free of charge through a coalition of allied organizations (GMU.edu)
Read the publication, Education for Peace: A Resource Guide for Teachers and the Community. In it Arthur builds off of Betty Reardon’s earlier work and gives a more contemporary look at the state of education for peace – its various approaches and methods.
“What is emerging may be nothing short of a revolution in how education is practiced. Peace education approaches are experiential, collaborative and extend far beyond the walls of individual schools. It is a living global system, comprised of dynamic networks of people from highly varied backgrounds working in solidarity to create a better world” (Romano).
Reflection Question: What is one adaptation, addition, or creative twist you would make to the lesson plan exploring the 6 principles of Kingian Nonviolence? How would this change make this lesson plan more engaging or appropriate for the learners with which you work?