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NSU professors interviewed on radio shows

Professors discussed conflict resolution, caring for elders

Two professors from NSU’s College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences recently shared their expertise in separate radio interviews.

Cheryl Duckworth Jacki Browne

Cheryl Lynn Duckworth, Ph.D., was a guest on “Let’s Talk About It,” a radio show hosted by the International Center for Ethno-Religious Mediation, or ICERM. Duckworth, an associate professor in CAHSS’ Department of Conflict Resolution Studies, joined the show to discuss dealing with history and collective memory in conflict resolution. The show touched on how historic events are discussed in schools, ranging from the 1994 Rwandan genocide to the 9/11 terror attacks in 2001.

Duckworth said one of her passion areas is using peace education to help young people solve problems without violence.

“We need peace education and multicultural education,” she said. “The 21st century is only going to get more global between migration and work. We haven’t done the work needed as a society to build a 21st century economy.”

Xenophobia can often reach its peak during major political campaigns, and Duckworth noted that behavior from adults has filtered down to children with expressions of racism and xenophobia in school. Duckworth also discussed some of the barriers to teaching students about 9/11, including politics, standardized tests taking up class time, and fear of job insecurity from newer teachers.

“It’s also still painful for some people to talk about and isn’t “history” yet,” Duckworth said.

In another interview, Jacquelyn Browne, Ph.D., a professor in the Department of Justice and Human Services, discussed elder care on the show “Healing Ties.” Host Chris MacLellan recorded the show at NSU’s Lifelong Learning Institute, which was founded in 1977 to provide a unique learning environment for retired adults. Browne said the program’s small learning groups offer activities for people going through life changes such as transitioning into retirement or losing a spouse.

“People form relationships and a community that supports them,” she said. “They do meaningful things and meet others.”

One of the topics covered how to disseminate information to caregivers. Browne also touched upon the nature of the relationship between a caregiver and a care receiver, noting that it is not just one-way.

“It can be deep and quite complex. A care receiver can also be a caregiver - what the caregiver receives back can also be care, within context,” she said. “They are care partners, not just one or the other.”

Browne said these issues are explored through a humanistic lens in the online graduate Gerontology program.

“What is the meaning of older lives?” she said. “What are individuals and communities doing to promote or impede activities for older adults?”

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