Held every year on September 21, the International Day of Peace
is a United Nations initiative designed to remind people that peace should be a daily thought. FDU will be celebrating the International Day of Peace with events on its campuses around the world.
“In a world that is plagued by widespread violence and armed conflict of catastrophic proportions, educational institutions are in a prime position to prepare the world’s youth to think and act differently,” says Jo Anne Murphy, director of programs with intergovernmental and nongovernmental organizations in the Office of Global Learning.
This day gives individuals the opportunity to share and strengthen the ideas of peace between nations, people, and encourage peace worldwide. Neil Mort, director of enrollment and student services in FDU-Vancouver, comments, “Peace is not just a state of being. It is something that engages us to take action, and is a goal we strive towards.”
FDU-Vancouver: September 21, 2013
FDU-Vancouver, in conjunction with the Rotary Club of Vancouver Yaletown and the Yaletown Business Improvement Association, will be hosting a symposium in connection to the International Day of Peace. They will be bringing together students and community members to discuss issues that affect our society and global sustainability.
Students on the Vancouver campus will also continue their tradition of a Shoreline Clean Up the week of September 28. Additionally, they will continue a dialogue on peace with the Peace Symposium later in the term.
Metropolitan Campus: September 24, 2013
Student Union Building: Reception 6 p.m. Program 6:30 p.m.
The Metropolitan Campus will celebrate the International Day of Peace with a panel discussing “Women and Children: Victims of War –Agents of Peace?” Speakers on the panel will include Pablo Castillo-Diaz, policy specialist for protection and security for United Nations Women; David Rosen, an anthropology professor at FDU and member of the FDU Panel; female UN members; and two FDU students from countries currently in conflict. The event is co-sponsored by the United Nations Association of the United States of America (UNA-USA), Chapter of Northern New Jersey.
College at Florham: September 25, 2013
Reflection Garden 4 p.m., Lenfell Hall: Reception 5-7 p.m.
The College at Florham will be celebrating the International Day of Peace by installing a Peace Pole in the Reflection Garden. The Peace Pole reads “May Peace Prevail on Earth” in several different languages. There will be a small outdoor ceremony led by Debora Moldow, UN Representative of the World Peace Prayer Society. After the ceremony, there will be a reception in Lenfell Hall with themed tableside discussions on “Creating a Personal & Organizational Action Agenda for Peace.”
Wroxton College: October 2, 2013
Wroxton College will be putting an English twist on the International Day of Peace by having “croquet and cream tea” on the back lawn. The back lawn of the Abbey is an extremely peaceful place, croquet is a genteel game and cream tea is an enjoyable treat on a sunny afternoon. Because of the students' academic and travel schedule for this week, they will be celebrating on Wednesday, October 2, 2013.
Students at Wroxton will also continue a tradition that was started last year by Professor Charles Garrity, lecturer in psychology and communication. Each student will be given a rubber band to wear around their wrist, and are supposed to “twang” it whenever they have a negative thought. Garrity came up with this idea to engender positive thinking and to help students be mindful of their behavior.