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Michael Klein

Clinical Faculty Justice and Peace Studies
Office
OEC 468
Phone
(651) 962-5378
Toll Free
(800) 328-6819, Ext. 2-5378
Mail
Mail # 5049
University of St. Thomas
2115 Summit Avenue
Saint Paul, MN 55105-1096

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.

Summer 2015 Courses

Summer 2015 Courses
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Fall 2015 Courses

Fall 2015 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
JPST 250 - P1 Intro to Justice & Peace - T - R - - - 1330 - 1510 OEC 309
CRN: 41093 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 OEC 309
CRN: 41586 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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J-Term 2016 Courses

J-Term 2016 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
EDLD 859 - 01 Soc Movements in Crit Educ See Details * *
CRN: 10244 Instructor: Michael C. Klein This course reviews the core practices and ideas that underlie critical practice as informed by the adult education tradition. It considers the implications of this tradition for the ways in which in-service, staff, faculty and professional development are conceptualized and conducted. Insights from this tradition are analyzed for the way they can help adult colleagues take a more critical stance towards their own practice.

Schedule Details

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MOH 4171700-210008 Jan '16
MOH 4170900-160009 Jan '16
MOH 4171700-210015 Jan '16
MOH 4170900-160016 Jan '16
MOH 4171700-210029 Jan '16
MOH 4170900-160030 Jan '16

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