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Klein, Mike

Clinical Faculty of Justice and Peace Studies
Office
OEC 468
Phone
(651) 962-5378
Mail
4059

Mike Klein, Ed.D., holds the Clinical Faculty position in Justice and Peace Studies. His work combines classroom teaching, campus and community education, and leadership development. His interests are wide-ranging and include: social movements, art in social justice, effective and ethical leadership for social change, and the intersection of ritual and democratic practice. His undergraduate degrees are in studio arts and theology and his Masters work is in education with an emphasis on service-learning.

Prior to beginning this role in 2009, Mike served as a Leadership Consultant for the Wilder Foundation’s Neighborhood Leadership Program. He was a 2007 recipient of the Bush Foundation Leadership Fellowship, completing his doctoral research on ritualizing leadership for democratic decision-making and action. From 2002-2007, Mike served as the Social Justice Vocation Instructor and Leadership Coordinator in Justice and Peace Studies, funded by a grant from the Lilly Foundation. In this antecedent to his current position, he taught two courses – Introduction to Justice and Peace Studies, and Social Movements and Methods – in addition to directing internships, and advising an activist group called the Student Coalition for Social Justice (now Students for Justice and Peace). Previously, he worked in Campus Ministry to direct VISION service trips throughout the US, Central America, and the Caribbean, and local VIA volunteer teams.

Mike has developed a series of courses around student service trips such as: A VISION of Civil Rights with a trip to Selma, Alabama; and A VISION of Native Lands with a trip to White Earth Reservation, Minnesota hosted by Winona LaDuke. He also developed the University’s 2004-2007 affiliation with PeaceJam International that annually invited Nobel Peace Prize Laureates to a weekend conference with several hundred high school youth from Minnesota and nearby states, and college student mentors.

A muralist specializing in community-based projects, Mike has worked with participants in boxing and African dance programs, a youth farm project, a multi-cultural immigrant community, alternative high school students, a crisis nursery, and a food program for those with HIV AIDS.

Mike wrote a section on service-learning for the The Guide to Successful Short-term Programs Abroad (NAFSA publications, 2002); contributed stories and poetry to Leadership Through Story (Rowman and Littlefield, 2007); published an article entitled Peace Education and Paulo Freire’s Method (Convergence, 2007); and his editorial letters and essays have been published nationally by Common Dreams, and locally in the Star Tribune, Pioneer Press and Villager. Mike has also been recognized with several awards for service-learning and was named a Faculty Fellow for Peace Studies by Minnesota Campus Compact in 2000.

Fall 2014 Courses

Fall 2014 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
JPST 250 - P2 Intro to Justice & Peace - T - R - - - 1330 - 1510 OSS LL18
CRN: 41969 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Michael C. Klein Major aspects of world and local conflict, theories of social science relating to conflict and violence, and various proposals for solutions. Among the aspects of conflict studied are cultural differences, scarcity of resources, economic and social structures, international trade, the arms race, corruption, oppression and war. Proposed solutions assessed include development, structural changes, world governance, multinational agencies, military power, civilian-based defense, active nonviolence for social change, conflict resolution, disarmament, cultural exchange, religious revival and prayer. These topics are considered in the light of theory, history, and literature. Students apply these concepts by investigating one country or geographic area in depth through a semester long research project. Usually offered every semester. This course fulfills the Human Diversity requirement in the core curriculum.

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JPST 365 - 01 Leadership for Social Justice - T - R - - - 1525 - 1700 OWS 251
CRN: 41967 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Michael C. Klein Leadership for Social Justice examines the arc of leadership through the process of creating, sustaining, then institutionalizing positive social change. The course examines models and case studies of authoritative, positional, influential and situational leadership in diverse settings such as community organizing, social movements, social entrepreneurship and nonprofit management. The course also explores approaches to ethical leadership and provides opportunities for students to develop the skills and vision needed to become ethical leaders for social justice. Students will analyze the role of leadership in the tensions between preserving order and promoting transformation. They will develop a critical approach to the dynamics of power in order to effect systemic change.

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JPST 473 - 01 Vocational Internship Seminar See Details * *
CRN: 40503 0 Credit Hours Instructor: Michael C. Klein Students are required to take this seminar during the semester they are doing an internship of 7-10 hrs/wk. The seminar meets three times (at the beginning, middle, and end of the semester), to provide opportunities for those engaged in individual placements to get peer support for their discernment process. At its core is a reflective process designed to lead students to: a deeper understanding of the practical means of working for social change; an evaluation of their internship experience (both in terms of gaining a deeper understanding of their own vocation and a better understanding of the type of institutions they are working with); and applying these insights to future course work and career planning.

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1900-210015 Sep '14
1900-210006 Oct '14
1900-210027 Oct '14
1900-210010 Nov '14
1900-210008 Dec '14

J-Term 2015 Courses

J-Term 2015 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
EDLD 856 - 01 Paulo Freire: His Life & Pedag See Details * *
CRN: 10205 Instructor: Michael C. Klein This course will explore the development of Paulo Freire's Pedagogy in the three major periods of his life: his early work in Brazil of the 1950's and early 1960's; his work in exile throughout Latin America and Africa in the 1960's and 1970's; and his later work back in Brazil in the 1980's and 1990's. A central aspect of the course will be to analyze Freire's writings and pedagogy in the specific socio- political economic contexts within which he worked throughout his life. The course will focus on his most important works from all three periods as well as ways people have tried to apply his work to settings relevant to the participants in the course.

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MOH 4171700-210009 Jan '15
MOH 4170900-163010 Jan '15
MOH 4171700-210016 Jan '15
MOH 4170900-163017 Jan '15
MOH 4171700-210030 Jan '15
MOH 4170900-163031 Jan '15
JPST 250 - 41 HON: Intro to Justice & Peace - T W R F - - 0900 - 1200 JRC 222
CRN: 10016 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Michael C. Klein Major aspects of world and local conflict, theories of social science relating to conflict and violence, and various proposals for solutions. Among the aspects of conflict studied are cultural differences, scarcity of resources, economic and social structures, international trade, the arms race, corruption, oppression and war. Proposed solutions assessed include development, structural changes, world governance, multinational agencies, military power, civilian-based defense, active nonviolence for social change, conflict resolution, disarmament, cultural exchange, religious revival and prayer. These topics are considered in the light of theory, history, and literature. Students apply these concepts by investigating one country or geographic area in depth through a semester long research project. Usually offered every semester. This course fulfills the Human Diversity requirement in the core curriculum.

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Spring 2015 Courses

Spring 2015 Courses
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