Sometimes our Ethics and Leadership case studies track uncomfortably closely with current events. That was the case this week as the mass shooting in Roseburg, Oregon interrupted our investigation of the Second Amendment.
The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is one of only two case studies that SEGL has taught every semester/summer session since its inception. Each cohort of students views the conflict through a different lens: whether the Gaza War, or renewed hope for negotiations, there is always something in the news.
“Never again,” is an oft-quoted post-Holocaust imperative. In 1948 the United Nations overwhelmingly passed the Genocide Convention, which stated that “genocide…is a crime …which [we] undertake to prevent and to punish.
Why do so many teachers want to work at SEGL? Why do those of us who do keep coming back? Yes, our dedicated students, our unique mission, our vibrant surroundings, and our relationships with colleagues all contribute.
During the semester, we tend to end one case study before beginning another. In the summer, when students can keep more in their heads and when opportunities can be had at any moment, we like to mash-up our subjects.
Crowds of people lined up outside Massachusetts Avenue’s Embassy Row isn’t the usual sight on a Saturday afternoon. But to the SEGL Spring 2015 semester, this was the reality for two consecutive Saturdays!
From the outside, our game doesn’t seem very different from others all over the country. Twenty-four teenagers, chasing a soccer ball back and forth across a field yelling out for a pass, or a shot, and cheering each other on.
The capstone collaborative policy document is one of SEGL’s signature projects. Each semester of students must select an international ethical challenge to research and then prepare a 40-page scholarly document that proposes practical solutions to that challenge.
The Israeli-Palestinian dispute is arguably the most intractable of our times. The disagreement is so fraught with anger and misunderstanding that many question every word, every historical event, every intention presented.