CEGS faculty employ an interdisciplinary approach, teaching their students how to problem-solve, not just how to retain the facts. Using a seminar format, each CEGS course also incorporates expert business and academic speakers. Speakers have included the former Prime Minister of Great Britain John Major, Chief Financial Officer of Continental Airlines Jeffrey Misner, Former Deputy Prime Minister of Thailand Korn Dabbaransi '64, former Korean Ambassador to the United Nations Hyun Kim '77, and Carl Hobert, Founder & Director of Axis of Hope.
CEGS Students Learn Resolution Through Simulated Conflict
On Tuesday, January 31, 2012, WMA hosted an all-day workshop on Conflict Resolution with a focus on post-genocide Rwanda. The workshop, sponsored by the WMA Center for Entrepreneurial & Global Studies (CEGS), was run by Carl Hobert, director of the Axis of Hope organization. Axis of Hope seeks to teach the world’s youth – the leaders of tomorrow – international conflict prevention skills. By teaching them to develop trust, compassion, and empathy for one another, Axis of Hope hopes to change the landscape of conflict and create the prospect of future peace.
The workshop was for all students taking Global Studies 2, the second of two introductory courses taught as part of the Academy’s Center for Entrepreneurial & Global Studies. The students were divided into six groups, and the main focus of negotiations was the fair disposal of contested land rights. As the day progressed through multiple negotiation sessions, Hobert continued to coach the students in the development of good negotiation skills, including the value of multilingualism, of agreeing to disagree, and of knowing when to call it a day and getting a fresh start the next morning.
Photos from January 31, 2012 Workshop
Lecturer Carl Hobert, who has run conflict prevention workshops at WMA in the past, is a professor at Boston University. Mr. Hobert has his own nonprofit called Axis of Hope. Prior to Boston University, Mr. Hobert taught at Proctor Academy (Andover, NH) and Belmont Hill School (Belmont, MA)