2000/2001 ISSUE 3
In 1997, we returned to Dubrovnik. Only two years later, in
1999, we staged our 10th Anniversary celebration, and the
school's regular program in Dubrovnik in spite of the fact
that NATO forces planned and carried out their intervention
in Kosovo. This fact has helped us to develop the "Towards
a Peaceable Community" Document, which may be visited
The first draft was prepared by four participants: two faculty,
one well established practitioner and one student (alphabetically:
Dada M. Maglajlic', Regine Mueller, Craig Rennebohm, Silvija
Visinski). It was shared with all participants of the 1999
IUC School, and sent by e-mail to all long-term associates
prevented from traveling to Dubrovnik. Over 100 people helped
us to prepare a document, which was presented by Dr. Enver
Sehovic', long-term IUC associate from the University of Zagreb,
at the International Association of the University Presidents
and the UN Commission on Disarmament Education, Conflict Resolution
and Peace Conference staged at the University of Aalborg,
Denmark from June 29 to July 3, 1999.
10th Anniversary Conference enabled us to reflect on what
was accomplished. As we looked back and reviewed many excellent
lectures prepared for the academic program of the IUC Dubrovnik
School of S.W. Theory and Practice, we realized that through
books we can reach many colleagues and students. We also realized
that new technology provides an excellent "quick"
mode of sharing our program with more people and expanding
our network. Having that in mind, in 1996/7 Dada M. Maglajlic'
wrote the first version of so called electronic academy project,
and envisioned three sub-projects:
- E-courses as an additional program, to be offered by the IUC
School associates, thus utilizing part of their primary specialization,
- electronic journal, and
- video-conferencing, chat-box and other modes of interactive
delivery of the June in Dubrovnik symposia.
1997/98 eleven colleagues signed a formal invitation expressing
interest to develop special e-courses as an extension of the
IUC School and part of this BSU project (stated alphabetically):
- Dr. Kwame Owusu-Bempah, University of Leicester, England,
- Dr. Edward Canda, University of Kansas Lawrence, US,
- Dr. Burt Galaway, Unversity of Manitoba, Canada,
- Dr. Jean Gervais, Universite du Quebec a Hull, Canada,
- Dr. Juha Hamalainen, University of Kuopio, Finland,
- Dr. Helmut Janssen, University of Applied Sciences
- Dr. Stefan Matula, Research Institute for Child Psychology
- Dr. Ksenija Napan, Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences
- Dr. Lee Norman, SHMC Seattle, US,
- Dr. Enver Sehovic, University of Zagreb, Croatia,
- Dr. Brian Williams, De Montfort University, UK and
- Dr. Ben Yanoov, Bar Ilan University Israel.
Professor Burt Galaway developed the first course description
of the "Social Work Processes" course to be taught
electronically, and related to the book with the same title
edited by Dr. Galaway and Dr. Beulah Compton.
additional group of 15 associates did not provide a formal,
signed agreement in1997, mostly for some technical reasons,
but did express strong interest to be part of the e-project.
Our interest remains unchanged. Time was, and continues to
be, a primary obstacle in further pursuit of the her two components.
this journal represents the first, and for the time being
only realised, of the three original components of the project
envisioned by Dr. Maglajlic' in order to speed up the process
and make lectures more available. Every year we learn about
social work students, social workers
(and other helping professionals) and social work faculty
who are not able to attend our school in Dubrovnik, Croatia
because of distance and cost. Nothing can replace direct participation,
but the electronic journal offers a solid option since it
can easily become interactive. It would be
fair to say that it is more than a "double peer"
review journal: lectures are first accepted for the presentation
at one of the five symposia, then presented and evaluated
by all participants, and finally reviewed by the members of
some point in the future, we would like to be "ahead
of the game," that is use the journal as a "first
publication" or -if you will- as a prepublication of
all major lectures. This would enable participants to review
the lectures on the web and come to Dubrovnik well prepared
very participatory, egalitarian exploration of the key facets
of social work theory and practice.
third issue has three different documents: project proposal,
special lecture prepared by Professor David Macarov Ph.D.
for our 10th Anniversary Conference, and what we call orientation
for the future document "Towards a Peaceable Community."
IUC Dubrovnik is a truly unique program; a service to the
profession and humanity. We are all volunteers. For program
like ours, including the journal, genuine support is needed
at many levels. If we are indeed to walk the talk, to implement
the principles that should guide our theory
and practice, then we should join our efforts and make it
happen. This is an open invitation to all! Please share the
vision and help us make a humble contribution toward peace
and a more just society.
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