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2012 SSEC Annual Conference


Social Science Education Consortium

2012 Annual Conference
Monteverde, Costa Rica
June 19 – 23, 2012

SSEC members and guests were treated to a fabulous learning experience in Monteverde, Costa Rica, at its 2012 annual conference.  Our host was the Monteverde Institute, a community based educational and cultural organization.  The conference theme was Sustainability and the Social Sciences.

In addition to the substantive academic content of the conference, conferees were treated to a wide variety of other learning experiences arranged by the Institute.  These experiences included an overview of the history and culture of Costa Rica, a natural history walk, a visit to the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, a visit to a chocolate factory, a visit to a coffee plantation, and a discussion of Costa Rica’s educational system.  The staff of the Monteverde Institute was most accommodating and helpful throughout the conference.             

The six photos below offer a few conference highlights. 


Conferees walk across a suspension bridge at the Cloud Forest Reserve. 

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At the end of the Cloud Forest Reserve tour, we watched hummingbirds feeding.

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At the Institute, Guillermo Vargas, a community leader, discusses how
Monteverde tries to foster and maintain a sustainable community.

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Young people from the Monteverde community demonstrated
their dancing customs.

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Bethany Elmore of the Monteverde Institute was one of our outstanding hosts.
She is accompanied by her son. To Bethany’s right is a coffee plantation owner,
who demonstrated the process of coffee-making.

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Professor Charles White of Boston University presented his paper on
“Sustainability in the Arenas of Power:  An Exploration of Public Policy.”

Forthcoming Publication

By February 2013, we anticipate the publication of the conference presentations.  The publication will include two Monteverde Institute papers: “Sustainable Development,  Social Justice, and Fair Trade” and Mr. Vargas’ comments on implementation of sustainable policy in the Monteverde community.  The SSEC member paper titles are:  “Exploring Pathways toward Global Sustainability through Information and Communication Technologies for young Learners in Developing Nations:  Marvels and Misapplications;” “Geography, Sustainability, and the Future;” Economics and Sustainability:  A Primer;” and “Sustainability in the Arenas of Power: An Exploration of Public Policy.”  The publisher is Information Age Publishing, and the publication will be a special volume of the International Social Studies Forum.      

 

 
     
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