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A Call Of Our Time:

Awakenings to Nonviolence in Curriculum and Education

How do we in the field of education respond to today’s social, cultural, international and

environmental crises, with mass shootings, war, racism, gendered violence, censorship, polarization and climate disasters relentlessly challenging us in this “post”-pandemic era? Nonviolence has become a call in our time to address the existential condition of humanity through the central thread of interconnectedness that dissolves violence and supports sustainable creativity. As nonviolence is under-theorized and seldom discussed in curriculum studies, this conference intends to gather scholars, educators, students, community-based practitioners, artists and peace activists from diverse backgrounds to elaborate what nonviolence means for transforming curriculum theorizing and the everyday practices of education (K-20 education, community education and self-education). All those who are interested in nonviolence and nonviolence education are invited to participate in the conference.


Call for proposals


Conference Program


Keynote Speakers


All opinions expressed in the presentations comprising this program are those of the presenters and do not represent the views of Oklahoma State University or the Board of Regents for the Oklahoma Agricultural and Mechanical Colleges.


Pre-Conference Activities

(March 8, 2024 before the conference opens early evening)




  1. Guided Walking Tour of the Greenwood Historic District, 1-3pm: Walk through the Greenwood Cultural Center, Mabel B. Little Heritage House, E. W. Woods/Booker T. Washington School site, Mt. Zion Baptist Church, Vernon AME church, Pathway to Hope, John Hope Franklin Reconciliation Park, Greenwood Rising History Center and the corner of Greenwood and Archer, the beginnings of Black Wall Street. This tour offers a sense of place, memory, and hope on the site of the Tulsa Race Massacre of 1921. It is arranged by the John Hope Franklin Center for Reconciliation
  2. Visit to the Cherokee Nation in Tahlequah, Oklahoma, Noon-5pm (including travel time): This activity involves visits to the Cherokee National History Museum (with a guided tour), a Cherokee Language Immersion School, Traci Rabbit Art Walk, and a brief stop at Northeastern State University (initially founded as the Cherokee National Female Seminary in 1846). Transportation will be provided (One hour and fifteen minutes between Tulsa and Tahlequah by car). Please eat beforehand or bring your own lunch.
  3. Meditation Practices and School Observations (Late morning and early afternoon, TBA, depending on class schedules): For this activity, participants are invited to engaged in meditation practices guided by a meditation educator, and observe local school teachers teach mindfulness or yoga in the classroom and enact a curriculum of nonviolence at schools (transportation will be provided). Choice of an early childhood education or a high school site.

Special Panels

  1. Indigenous Peace Traditions, organized by Dr. Samantha Benn-Duke from Northeastern State University, Oklahoma.
  2. Censorship and Culturally Sustaining Pedagogy, organized by Dr. Erin Dyke from Oklahoma State University.

Seminars/Workshops for Practitioners

To make the conference theme accessible to school teachers, college instructors, teacher educators, and practitioners of peace and nonviolence, this conference also offers multiple sessions for practitioners on living, leading and teaching nonviolence. The sessions include topics such as footprints of nonviolence in young adult literature, trauma healing and nonviolence, nonviolent school leadership, teaching popular culture for nonviolence, orientations of yoga and teaching, and self-nonviolence and inner work.


Hotels and Things to Do in Tulsa

The designated hotel for the conference is the Hyatt Place Tulsa Downtown, conveniently located near the OSU-Tulsa campus. The hotel offers attendees a discounted daily rate of $129 from March 7 to March 11, 2024, and the room rate will include a complimentary breakfast and complementary Wi-Fi. You must reserve your room before February 8, 2024 to receive this group rate. Book your reservation via this link.


Tulsa is a midsized, vibrant city with a number of social and cultural attractions, including the Bob Dylan CenterLiving Arts of Tulsathe Woody Guthrie Centerthe Gathering Place, the Philbrook Museum of Art, and more. Click here for information about nearby restaurants.





Pre-Conference Zoom Seminar


Preconference seminar I

Preconference seminar II


Conference Leadership Team

Chair, Dr. Hongyu Wang & Co-Chair, Dr. Jon Smythe

Conference Committee:

Jo Flory, Lindsey Wessinger, Jennifer Williams, Venessa Jones,

Dr. Samantha Benn-Duke, Dr. Jennifer Schneider, Dr. Liesa Smith and Dr. Ying Ma



  • CEHS Office for Inclusive Excellence & Community Engagement
  • The Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Philanthropies
  • College of Education and Human Sciences
  • Curriculum Studies Project
  • OSU Writing Project
  • OSU-Tulsa
  • School of Teaching, Learning, and Educational Sciences
  • William F. Pinar Endowed Curriculum Studies Fund


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