KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Environment, Poverty, & Peacebuilding: A United Nations Perspective
Peace & Justice Week 2016 began with a keynote address delivered by David Jenson, the Head of Environmental Cooperative Peacebuilding United Nations Environment Programme.
Peace & Justice Week always aims to incorporate artistic expressions centered around the themes of the event. Brennan Lagman, a student at UCI and a member of Students for Global Peacebuilding, kicked off the keynote address with a spoken word peace on the environmental and social aspects of peacebuilding.
David Jenson went on to deliver a detailed presentation on the ways in which world issues can be addressed through a holistic, social and environmental approach.
Peace & Justice Action Summit
On Friday, the final day of Peace & Justice Week, we offered a day full of smaller events including workshops and roundtable discussions.
The morning began with an interactive alternatives to violence program presented by licensed instructors from AVP California. In this workshop, participants were introduced to skills for peaceful problem solving. The AVP program has been successful in interpersonal relationships, communities and within the prison system, to learn more visit avpcalifornia.org.
After breakfast, the day continued with a panel discussion on Mainstreaming Peace Education Globally with Leaders of Education for Global Peace. Panelists included the following;
Ernest Anemone, Executive Director of Project My Voice
Stephanie Knox Cubbon, Peace Education Lecturer, Chapman University & San Diego City College
Nadeem Ghazi, President of Peace Education Welfare Organization-Pakistan
Darla Kay Hill, Global Education Consultant and Speaker
Gal Kleinman, Co-Director of Education for Global Peace
Mohamed Walid Lofty, Researcher at the London School of Economics
Peggy Poon, Elementary School Teacher, Los Angeles
Cris Toffolo, Professor & Chair, Justice Studies Department, Northeastern Illinois University. Co-Chair of the Board of Peace and Justice Studies Association
Lauren Zumbrun, Education Manager at Leadership Development International, South Sudan
Following the discussion, Peace & Justice Week hosted the First Annual Conference of The Southern California Network for Peacebuilding. The SCNP coordinates knowledge and resource sharing to enhance efforts of all programs in peace education and practice. The conference gave participants an opportunity to meet and share information with the guests of Peace & Justice Week.
The final event of the 4th Annual Peace & Justice Week at UCI was a talk by Lama Surya Das. Through this talk, participants learned about the practice of relationship meditation for intamacy, well-being and wisdom.