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[ Mission Statement ] 

The Peace Studies Program at Florida Atlantic University is committed to the extensive investigation and understanding of the causes of peace from a multidisciplinary perspective. The Program invites the active participation of students at all academic levels as well as the broader community.

[ 2015  Announcements  + and Events] 

United Nations Peace Day

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>>  FAU will host a United Nations International Day of Peace celebration on Monday, Sept. 21 at 6 p.m. in the University Theatre on FAU’s Boca Raton campus. The event will include a performance of “With Their Voices Raised,” along with the launch of the FAU Kindness Campaign, introduced by FAU First Lady Carolyn Kelly; Robin Rubin, of FAU’s School of Social Work; and Bill Trapani, of FAU’s Agora Project. There also will be remarks from Lalita Janke, board president of the U.S. National Committee for U.N. Women.

“With Their Voices Raised” is a theater documentary based on the stories of Pearl Harbor and Hiroshima survivors. The documentary is testimony to the power of the human spirit to endure, thrive, and for these survivors, pursue a lifelong desire for reconciliation and peace in the aftermath of bombings that marked the beginning and end of the United States’ involvement in WWII. Hawaiian youth actors who performed Voices at the Pacific Aviation Museum at Pearl Harbor will join students from South Florida to create a thought-provoking, bridge-building Peace Day experience.

Following the performance, there will be discussion led by Barb Schmidt, international mindfulness activist and founder of Peaceful Mind/Peaceful Life; Patricia Liehr, Ph.D., professor in FAU’s College of Nursing; and Kate Morris, playwright for “With Their Voices Raised.”

The theme for this year’s U.N. International Day of Peace is “Partnerships for Peace, Dignity for All.” The event at FAU is sponsored by the Peace, Justice and Human Rights Initiative. For more information about this initiative, visit  www.fau.edu/pjhr  or email pjhr@fau.edu.   


[ About the Program ] 

FAU's Peace Studies Program, established in 1999 within the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, has brought together students, faculty, and community members to explore pathways to peace and the process of peacebuilding. As an interdisciplinary program, Peace Studies draws from a broad range of fields: anthropology, literary studies, political science, communication, history, ethics, social work and many more to offer an undergraduate certificate designed to complement a traditional major in any field. The FAU Peace Studies Program sponsors speakers specializing in peace studies related issues, free and open to the public thanks to the generosity of the Chastain-Johnson Fund and the Schmidt Family Foundation.






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