This year, there appeared to be an increase in popularity of presentations focused on corpus linguistics, teaching English to refugees, and peace building. I will touch on corpus linguistics in a later post, but as for the other two, they seemed fitting considering the state of the world and the political climate we find ourselves strapped into. Two of the sessions I found interesting (and tools for making better human beings) had to do with peace-building and connections to others.
The Human Library Project: How many of you have heard of The Human Library? Until this conference, this idea is one that I hadn’t heard of. I think this would be a great tool for peace-building and bridging the gap between communities. This gives the opportunity to ask tough questions that you may otherwise feel uncomfortable asking and allows you to get to know someone different from you. Check out The Human Library in more detail here.
The Global Village Project: Summer Literacy Themed Readings: The Global Village Project runs a summer reading program in cooperation with the public library for refugee girls in Decatur, Georgia. Their theme for this summer was peace-building. They encouraged books that showed strong women, people of different backgrounds, and people of all ages. You can learn more about The Global Village Project here.