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FAU Davie Presents the Symposium on Peace During Expressions of Peace Week

            BOCA RATON, FL (February 17, 2010) – The peace studies program in Florida Atlantic University’s Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters invites the public to attend the Symposium on Peace on Saturday, February 20 from 2 to 8 p.m. All events will take place in the Liberal Arts Auditorium at FAU’s Davie campus. This half-day of free public events will include a workshop focused on efforts made for world peace, a storytelling performance/lecture on the importance of place in our lives, a discussion forum on Buddhist history, a lecture about creating peace, and a Kirtan concert featuring Buddhist music.

            The symposium will start at 2 p.m. with the workshop, “The Promise of World Peace.” R. Leilani Smith, chair of the Spiritual Assembly of the Baha’i of Davie, will lead  this  discussion about the document produced by the Baha'i World Centre in Haifa, Israel that interprets how the holy scriptures detail a plan for peace for all of the world’s religions. The document gives practical follow-up for individuals to establish inner peace as a member of the body of humanity.

            At 3:45 p.m., the traveling theatre group Eth-Noh-tec will perform, “Home to a Place Called Home.” This San Francisco-based traveling theater duo performs contemporary presentations of traditional folktales from the many countries and cultures of Asia.

            There will be a discussion on “Buddhist History and Fights for Peace” at 5:15 p.m.  The session will be led by Quan Cao, a faculty member of the College of Education at FAU. Cao, who graduated from Van Hanh Buddhist University School of Theology in Saigon, is a member of the FAU Interfaith Summit Planning Committee and a practicing Theravada Buddhist.  He is also a linguist and a cross cultural psychotherapist specializing in post traumatic delayed stress for refugee children who have witnessed the killing of family members in war. 

            At 6:35 p.m., Nancy Brown of FAU will give a lecture titled “Civil Society and Disarmament: Creating Peace and Promoting Development.”  The session will present highlights from the 2009 United Nations conference, “For Peace and Development DISARM NOW!” including recommendations from the UN Secretary General and the active role to be played by civil society. Questions will be raised regarding education for peace, conflict resolution and human rights. The audience will be encouraged to explore their own assumptions on how to individually and collectively achieve peace. Brown is a representative to the United Nations Association for Childhood Education International.

The Symposium on Peace will conclude at 8 p.m. with a Kirtan Concert performed by Dr. James Reho and the group Devenanda. Kirtan is an Indian tradition of chanting supported by guitar and percussion.

            The event was organized by Maria Santamarina, FAU’s diversity officer and professor in the School of Communication and Multimedia Studies. For more information, email or call 561-297-0155.

- FAU-

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