“Visions for Creating a Sustainable Future: Toward Transformational Change for a Collective World at Peace”

March 26-28, 2009

Northern Virginia Community College

Loudoun Campus

1000 Harry Flood Byrd HighwaySterling, Virginia 20164


This conference promises to be stimulating and transformational, as ECCSSA invites participants to explore new paradigms and evaluate existing ones as we explore together topics, research, policy, and strategies we can use in teaching and professional practice as we educate students and the community about the importance of preparing for a sustainable future. This year’s conference will be held at Northern Virginia Community College in the Washington, DC metropolitan area and will draw on many of the resources and institutions focusing on the conference theme. This should be an informative conference as we call for the participation and input from many professionals and resource institutions to join us in dialogue as we address the conference theme.

 Conference Highlights

Thursday, March 26, 2009, Pre-Conference Sessions

Special Faculty Session-“Global Education: Teaching Community College Students Respect for Life and Human Dignity through Humanitarian Law and Conflict Management” International Humanitarian Law, American Red Cross Documentary Film and Discussion-“Encounter Point: Palestinian and Israeli Peace-Builders”, Just Vision, Inc., Washington, DCOpening Reception” An Evening of Exploration with the National Geographic Society”Dessert and Coffee

Friday, March 27, 2009, Conference Opening

Opening Keynote Speaker-“15 Global Challenges” Jerome Clayton Glenn, The Millennium Project, United Federation of United Nations Associations

Luncheon Keynote Speaker-“Community Colleges as Agents of  Global Peace”David Smith, Senior Program Officer, Education & Training Center/Domestic, U.S. Institute of Peace
Special Student Session-“Responding to Violent Conflict: Promoting Respect for Life and Human Dignity Through Humanitarian Law,” International Humanitarian Law, American Red Cross
A variety of concurrent sessions, including panels, individual faculty, and student presentations, luncheon roundtables, and poster sessions.Luncheon Roundtables:”Trends in Anthropology””Russian History”Financial Aid for Community College Students””Collective Conscience””Reading Globally””Cross-Cultural Communication””Incorporating Global Education in Writing Across the Curriculum””Causes and Consequences of Terrorism””On Becoming world Citizens””A History of Peace””Transformations in Geography Education””Economic Development, Poverty and Health”Friday night banquet at the exclusive Belmont Country Club, with Guest Speaker: Dr. David Heyman, Director and Senior Fellow, Homeland Security Program, Center for Strategic and International Studies
Saturday, March 28, 2009Concurrent SessionsClosing Plenary Panel-“The Issue is the Future:  Looking forward to Global Sustainability” Dr. Jerome Clayton Glenn, The Millennium Project, ModeratorDavid J. Smith, U.S. Institute of Peace, Washington, DC
 Dr. Stephen F. Steele,  Applied Sociologist, Institute for the Future, Anne Arundel Community College
Dr. Debra Rowe, Business Ecology, Energy and PsychologyU.S. Partnership for Education for Sustainable Development and Oakland Community College
____ Conference Overview

Over the past few years, the membership and Board of Trustees of the Eastern Community College Social ScienceAssociation (ECCSSA) have addressed transformational issues on the role of the social sciences in information sharing, building a global and world community, curricula development, tolerance, and humanity, and transformations toward peacebuilding and resolve. This year, we continue the exploration of our role as professionals and social scientists in the conveyance of perspectives and knowledge in higher education to the students and communities we serve.
The 2009 35th Annual ECCSSA Conference will focus on visionary paradigms to prepare and lead us into the future to ensure the survival of succeeding generations so they may have a future worth living. The issues of concern are some of the following: ways to encourage sustainability and change; peacemaking practices; strategies for conflict resolution; community involvement; cross-curricular themes; shared universal responsibility and understanding; mechanisms for public education; the creation of global systems for collective intelligence; the necessity of cooperation; the establishment of international order; the role of world religions, the creation of zones of peace; the delineation and discussion of shared ethical values; and, the building of national,cross-cultural and international understanding.  This includes a discussion of implications for discipline-related instruction, research, policy and professional development.
ECCSSA recognizes the need, to assist students and communities to achieve success, become future leaders, and create and maintain positive, healthy, and sustainable communities in a future world at peace. The transformative power of widespread systemic education and change can improve lives, communities, the nation, and world.
ECCSSA calls for visionary and innovative perspectives from the world community of scholars in all areas of the social sciences and related pedagogy and research. We hope this exploration and dialogue will contribute to the current ongoing efforts to lead humanity through the structural, educational, cultural, and behavioral transformations necessary to sustain and support future generations in our nation and the world community.
ECCSSA invites interested professionals and social scientists to join us in dialogue. The call for proposals includes submission of proposals for presentation of papers and research, panel discussions, roundtables, and posters.
For more information, contact: Dr. Rosalyn M. King, Conference Chair, at roking@nvcc.edu.
 Suggested Conference Themes & Topics for Papers and Presentations
Listed below are some suggested conference themes and topics, but the conference is not limited to those listed.  Participants can propose other topics related to the conference theme.
Historical-Historical influences on the conference theme-Egalitarianism in multi-cultural states-Cultural transformations in history-History of peace-Collective security
Educational-Sustainability education and partnerships-Interdisciplinary approaches to curricula using cross-curricular themes -Community awareness, diversity and equal rights-Responsible citizenship-On becoming world citizens
 Psychological, Anthropological, Social, and Geographical-Peace-building and peace-making-Impacts on human development and potential-Health, disease and longevity-Effects of conflict-Gender issues-Nature of work and institutions-Local, national and global interactions-Transformations in geography education-Place and migration-Social practices, values, behaviors and lifestyles-Literate and non-literate societies
Economic-Future economic welfare-The global economy-Ethical market economiesSustainable Economic Development-Environmental Issues and economic instability-Credit market and sustainable economic development-Economic consequences of poverty, health, education, gender inequalities-Energy and natural resource restraint
Environmental-Environmental impacts on health and human development-Water quality, access, planning and management-Security, standards and legislation-Biodiversity and ecosystems-Natural disasters and planning-Warming
Information and Technology-Information and communications technologies (development, access and education)-Robotics, artificial and collective intelligence-Nanotechnology and telemedicine-Policy
Global-Ethics-Human rights, -Cross-cultural communication,-Collective conscience and universal responsibility-Immigration-Pandemics-Strategic systems-Terrorism-Conflict resolution-Nonviolent strategies-Collective world peace-Role of religion-Creating zones of peace
Research and Policy-Public and social policy-Systemic and transformational change
 Special Call for Student Papers and Presentations
The 2009 ECCSSA conference calls for student papers and other presentations including posters, paper and digital portfolios, web sites, and models.  These student projects may be developed independently, in conjunction with a class assignment, or under instructor supervision.
ECCSSA strongly recommends Association members and teaching faculty encourage student participation in the conference.Student participants will have the opportunity to dialogue with conference participants about their work. Exemplary studentpresentations will be recognized.
Guidelines for student and faculty papers and presentations can be found on the ECCSSA website at: www.eccssa.org.

For more information on the 2009 ECCSSA conference, please contact Dr. Rosalyn M. King, Conference Chair, at: roking@nvcc.edu or (703) 450-2629.
 Related Links on Conference Theme
147 Practical Tips for Teaching SustainabilityA publication for purchase.
2008 State of the FutureThe report provides unique political, economic, and social insights into the progress the world is making.  It presentsa detailed report, including 15 global challenges humanity must learn how to mitigate and manage as we continue toevolve into our  mutual future.
Educating World CitizensKeynote address by President J. Michael Adams of Fairleigh Dickinson University on the roleof colleges and universities in a global community.
His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama on a Human Approach to World Peace
His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama on the Global Community
International Education in the Schools: The State of the FieldAn article on the importance of helping students become globally competent citizens.
Sustained Efforts for SustainabilityAn article by Dr. Cynthia Belar of the American Psychological Association.
The Millennium ProjectThe Millennium Project of WFUNA is a global participatory futures research think tank of futurists, scholars,business planners, and policy makers who work for international organizations, governments, corporations, NGOs,and universities. The Millennium Project manages a coherent and cumulative process that collects and assesses judgements from its several hundred participants to produce the annual “State of the Future”, “Futures ResearchMethodology” series, and special studies such as the State of the Future Index, Future Scenarios for Africa, Lessons of History, Environmental Security, Applications of Futures Research to Policy,and a 700+ annotated scenarios bibliography.
U.N. Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Division for Sustainable DevelopmentInformation, documents and publications relating to issues on sustainable development.
UNESCO-Education for Sustainable DevelopmentIn December 2002, the United Nations General Assembly adopted resolution 57/254 to put in place a United NationsDecade of Education for Sustainable Development, spanning from 2005 to 2014, and designated UNESCO to lead the decade. (Click on “all themes” under Themes.)
U.S. Institute of PeaceThe United States Institute of Peace is an independent, nonpartisan institution established and funded by Congress. Its goals are to help prevent and resolve violent international conflicts, promote post-conflict stability and development, and increase conflict management capacity, tools, and intellectual capital worldwide.
The Institute does this by empowering others with knowledge, skills, and resources, as well as by directly engaging in peacebuilding efforts around the globe.
World Future SocietyThe World Future Society is a nonprofit, nonpartisan scientific and educational association of people interested in how social and technological developments are shaping the future. The Society was founded in 1966 and is chartered as a nonprofit educational and scientific organization in Washington, D.C., U.S.A.
World Government of World CitizensAn organization educating institutions and the public about the importance of teaching people to become world citizens. One can register to become a world citizen and receive a passport.
Download Forms Below:

 Call for Papers and Proposals
 Conference Registration Form in PDFRegister until March 20, 2009!  After this date, pay the walk-in registration fee.
Note:  If you have Internet e-mailing capability on your computer, you can send the form electronically via e-mail.  Be sure to print a copy for your records before sending. Checks must be mailed separately as directed.All conference attendees and presenters are required to pay the conference registration fee.


 Conference Proposal Form(In a Word Document and PDF)
 Guidelines for PresentersECCSSA._Presentation_Guidelines_for_Presenters.pdf

 Guidelines for Poster PresentationsGuidelines_for_Poster_Presentations.pdf_____
 Information and Application Form for Publishers, Organizations, and Sponsors

 Conference Hotel(A Smoke-Free Hotel)
Courtyard by Marriott Dulles Town Center45500 Majestic DriveDulles, VA 20166571-434-6400www.marriott.com/iadtc
 Room Rates:  Single or 1 King Bed Suite @ $74.00, plus tax, per night double or 2 Queen Bed Suite @ $84.00, plus tax, per night
Instructions for Making Reservations:
* Call 1-800-321-2211 and ask for the Eastern Community College Social Science Association Room Block at the Courtyard Dulles Town Center or* Go to www.marriott.com/iadtc, in the GROUP CODE BOX enter ECCECCA for Kings ($74 does not include breakfast) or ECCECCB for Doubles ($84 does not include breakfast).

Deadline for Reservations-on or before March 13, 2009, for a discounted rate. Call hotel as directed above or reserve online.
For those who wish to request tax exemption, tax-exempt forms have to be pre-approved by the event manager.  Contact the Event Manager at the time of reservation.
Courtyard by Marriott Dulles Town Center provides a complimentary airport/local shuttle, wired/wireless high-speed Internet, HDTVs, in-room safes, and friendly Marriott service. Located in Northern Virginia’s Technology Corridor the Courtyard DullesTown Center hotel allows guests easy access to businesses & shops from Dulles Town Center to Tyson’s Corner. AOLTime Warner, Northern Virginia Community College, The Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and  George WashingtonUniversity are just a few destinations in the area. Additionally, this suburban DC hotel is conveniently located along Route 7, Leesburg Pike, and Route 28 providing easy access to both Washington Dulles Intl Airport IAD and downtown Washington DC.
Courtyard Marriott Fact Sheet in PDF:Courtyard_Marriott_Fact_Sheet._Dulles_Town_Ctr.pdf
 Other Hotels Near the NVCC-Loudoun Campus
(From closest to farthest from NVCC-Loudoun)
Hampton Inn-Cascades(2.81 miles)
Hyatt PlaceSterling/Dulles Airport-North (2.96 miles)
Towne Place SuitesSterling (3.22 miles)
Candlewood Suites (4.72 miles)
Suburban Extended Stay Hotel  (4.73 miles)
Best Western Inn – Dulles Airport (4.85 miles)
Country Inn & Suites by CarlsonWashington Dulles Airport (5.13 miles)
Marriott-Washington-Dulles Airport(9.09 miles)
Fairfield Inn & Suites-Dulles Airport, Chantilly(12.08 miles)

 Loudoun County Attractions
Best Online SourceThis site has information on everything you want to know about Loudoun county, including places to eat, heritage and culture, town and villages, and horse country events.
Northern Virginia MagazineProvides great information on the happenings in Northern Virginia.
Ashburn, Virginia web provides links to cultural and museum events.

Loudoun Museum
Oatlands Plantation
Dodona Manor
Smithsonian Institution, Air and Space Udvar-Hazy Museum
Dulles International Airport (IAD)Washington-Reagon International Airport(DCA)Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI)Leesburg Municipal Airport
Fairfax Limo[703-229-5057]
Harvest Limo[703-606-4598]
Super Shuttle
Washington Flyer
Dulles Taxi & Limousine[703-481-8181]___
Dulles Town Center21100 Dulles Town CircleDulles, VA
Reston Town CenterReston, VA
Leesburg Corner Premium Outlets241 Fort Evans Road, NELeesburg, VA703-737-3071

The Dock at Lansdowne19286 Promenade DriveLeesburg, VA571-333-4747
Lightfoot11 N. King StreetLeesburg, VA703-771-2233
Tuscarora Mill204 Harrison Street, SE Leesburg, VA703-771-9300
Zeffierelli5 Catoctin CircleLeesburg, VA703-779-0900
Cheng’s Oriental Restuarant20921 Davenport DriveSterling, VA703-450-0439
Don Corleone’s Pizzeria21018 S. Bank StreetSterling, VA703-444-4959
Hooked (Seafood/Sushi)20789 Great Falls PlazaSterling, VA703-421-0404
The Olive Garden45970 Waterview PlazaSterling, VA571-434-0713
Pomegranate Grill (Persian)46950 Community PlazaSterling, VA703-430-6601
Saigon Cafe (Vietnamese)20921 Davenport DriveSterling, VA
A Taste of Vietnam46005 Regal PlazaSterling, VA703-433-9543
Sweetwater Tavern45980 Waterview PlazaSterling, VA571-434-6500