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FAU’s Peace Studies Program Sponsors Events Leading up to Visit by His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet
Events Include Lectures, Films and Symposia



            BOCA RATON, FL (February 4, 2010) – The Peace Studies Program within Florida Atlantic University’s Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters invites the public to attend Expressions of Peace Week events at its Boca Raton, Davie and Jupiter campuses from Wednesday, February 17 through Tuesday, February 23, preceding a visit by His Holiness the 14 th Dalai Lama of Tibet. The week of events has been organized to encourage students and the public to become involved in discussions and contemplation on the complex dimensions of peace.

        The public lecture with the Dalai Lama will take place at FAU’s Boca Raton campus on Wednesday, February 24 at 10 a.m.  A full schedule can be found at www.fau.edu/peaceweek.

      The following events will take place at FAU’s Boca Raton campus, 777 Glades Road:


Concert and Lecture: Forgiveness, Compassion and Justice: Masterworks of Western Music

Wednesday, February 17, from 1 to 2 p.m.

Arts and Letters building, room 247

Heather Coltman, chair of FAU’s department of music, will examine how great composers engage with moral issues, humans harming humans, compassion, and finding hope and peace.

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Discussion Panel: Peace in Sacred Texts and Histories of Peace
Wednesday, February 17, from 2 to 3:30 p.m.
Fleming Hall, room 247


FAU faculty Fred Greenspahn, Kris Lindbeck and Eric Hanne, as well as Lynn University assistant professor Dan Bass, will explore scholarship on sacred texts and the impact of such works in current times.

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Film and Discussion: Sand Painting: The Sacred Art of Tibet
Wednesday, February, 17, from 5 to 6 p.m.
Social Science Building, room 190


FAU’s Anthropology Chair Michael Harris will lead this discussion about the ancient art of Tibetan sand painting, which has been preserved in the monasteries of India and Tibet for some 2,500 years.

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Peace Studies Teach-In Workshop: Peace and World Conflicts

Thursday, February 18, at 10 a.m., 2 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.

FAU Student Union


Peace Studies teach-in workshop sessions will engage students and faculty in open discussion on issues pertinent to peace and world conflicts. The last session will include the screening of a documentary on Afghanistan.     

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Discussion Forum: Dynamics of Peace

Thursday, February 18, from noon to 2 p.m.

Palmetto Palm Room, Student Union


FAU faculty from the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science and the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters will examine how psychologists and scientists are using metaphors from mathematics to solve conflicts in current times.

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Workshop: Hospitality and Compassion: Cornerstones of Co-Existence

Thursday, February 18, from 4 to 6 p.m.

Wimberly Library, fifth floor


Dr. Rosanna Gatens, director of FAU’s Center for Holocaust and Human Rights, will lead a workshop on compassion and hospitality, and the application of such principles in daily life.   

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Art and Buddhism lecture

Thursday, February 18, from 4 to 6 p.m.

Palmetto Palm Room, Student Union


Carol Damian, director and chief curator of the Frost Art Museum at Florida International University, will host a lecture on Buddhist art and Tibet.

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Screening: “Pray the Devil Back to Hell”
Thursday, February 18, from  6 to 8 p.m.

Queen Palm Room, Student Union


“Pray the Devil Back to Hell” is a celebrated documentary that tells the story of the women’s peace movement in Liberia. The screening will be followed by an open forum led by Josephine Beoku-Betts, FAU professor and member of the FAU Peace Studies executive committee.

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Discussion Forum: Theory and Practice in Restorative Justice and Peacemaking

Thursday, February 18, 7 p.m
Social Sciences building, room 170


Mara Schiff and Gordon Bazemore, criminal justice faculty at FAU, will lead this forum that will look at the theory that communities are considered essential participants in the justice process. The theory states that government and the community share the responsibility to prevent and respond to crime, and to look for ways to achieve peace.

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Peace Studies Teach-In Workshop: Peace and World Conflicts

Friday, February 19, at 10 a.m., 2 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.

FAU Student Union


Peace Studies teach-in workshop sessions will engage students and faculty in open discussion on issues pertinent to peace and world conflicts. 

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Discussion Forum: Compassion, Mindfulness and Meditative Practices in Health and Wellness

Sunday, February 21, 1 to 3 p.m.

Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing, room 304


FAU faculty members will discuss work on mindfulness, meditation and practical ways to create a peaceful life.

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Peaceway on the Breezeway

Monday, February 22, from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.



Peaceway on the Breezeway will be an open exhibition of FAU student organizations and other community members interested in peace. Groups represented will include FAU’s Peace Studies Student Association and Mission Green Student Association, as well as local humanitarian-related organizations.

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Lecture: Global Challenges for a Compassionate World
Monday, February 22, from 3:30 to 5 p.m.

Schmidt Center Gallery, Performing Arts Building


Global Challenges for a Compassionate World is a panel discussion that will focus on historical and cultural perspectives about the importance of compassion in global times, along with intercultural and international challenges to the peace building processes. The panel will be moderated by Becky Mulvaney, associate professor in FAU’s School of Communication and Multimedia Studies. Participants include Scott C. Martin, professor in American culture studies and history in the department of history at Bowling Green State University; David C. Williams, associate professor in FAU’s School of Communication and Multimedia Studies; Lara Lengel, professor and chair of the department of communication in the School of Media and Communication at Bowling Green State University.

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Lecture: The Impact of Tibetan Buddhism on China

Monday, February 22, from 4 to 5:30 p.m.
Senate Chambers, Student Union


Victor Maier, professor of Chinese language and literature at the University of Pennsylvania, explores key issues surrounding Tibetan Buddhism and China.

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Public Forum: Nobel Prize Voices on World Peace

Tuesday, February 23, from 10 to 11:30 a.m.
Senate Chambers, Student Union


Dr. Cezar Ornatowski, professor at San Diego State University; Erik Doxtader, senior research fellow at the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation, Cape Town; Jane Robinett, director of the graduate program in rhetoric and writing studies at San Diego State University, who is currently doing research on the public rhetoric of His Holiness the 14 th Dalai Lama of Tibet; and Noemi Marin, director and professor of FAU’s Peace Studies Program, will present scholarship dedicated to the Nobel Peace Prize laureates: His Holiness the 14 th Dalai Lama of Tibet, U.S. President Barack Obama, Lech Walesa, Elie Weisel and former President of South Africa Nelson Mandela.       

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Screening and Dialogue Session: “
Dalai Lama Renaissance”

Tuesday, February 23, from 6 to 9 p.m.
Grand Palm Room, Student Union


“Dalai Lama Renaissance” is a documentary about the life and mission of the Dalai Lama, and has been praised as provocative, enlightening and entertaining. The film, narrated by Harrison Ford, will be followed by a special appearance by the film’s producer-director, Khashyar Darvich, as well as an open forum to explore the Dalai Lama’s public message of peace in the world.

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      The following events will take place at FAU’s Davie campus, 2912 College Ave.:


Screening and Dialogue Session: “
Dalai Lama Renaissance”

Wednesday, February 17, from 6 to 9 p.m.

SD 105, Heritage Hall



“Dalai Lama Renaissance” is a documentary about the life and mission of the Dalai Lama, and has been praised as provocative, enlightening, and entertaining. The film, narrated by Harrison Ford, will be followed by an open forum moderated by Maria Santamarina, diversity officer of FAU.

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Symposium on Peace

Saturday, February 20, from 2 to 8 p.m.     

Liberal Arts Auditorium, room 120


The Symposium on Peace events will include a discussion forum on Buddhist history, a storytelling performance/lecture by Eth-Noh-tec on the importance of place in our lives, and a Kirtan concert featuring the Devananda group and Buddhist music.

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Storytelling Performance and Lecture: The Making of Jerusalem Stories

Tuesday, February 23, from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

SD 105, Heritage Hall


Carol Grossman, director of the Jerusalem Stories Project, will use storytelling in her efforts toward peace building and conflict resolution in the Middle East.

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Discussion Forum: Lost and Found: Seeking Compassion in Juvenile Justice

Tuesday, February 23, 4 p.m.

Liberal Arts Building, room 124


Mara Schiff and Gordon Bazemore, criminal justice faculty at FAU, will lead this forum that will consider how the juvenile justice system can be improved by looking at ways of helping juveniles, rather than extending their punishment.

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            The following events will take place at FAU’s Jupiter campus, 5353 Parkside Drive.


Film Screening and Discussion: “Tibet: Violent and Non-Violent Resistance”

Thursday, February 18, from 5 to 7 p.m.

AD 119, Campus Auditorium


“Tibet: Violent and Non-Violent Resistance” is a documentary that presents the story of the Tibetan people’s 50-year non-violent resistance to an unwanted occupation by the People’s Liberation Army of China. The occupation has seen the death of 1.2 million Tibetans and the destruction of more than 6,000 monasteries.  An open forum will follow the screening.
            For more information on Peace Week events, contact Gabrielle DeNier at 561-297-0155 or visit www.fau.edu/peaceweek.

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