WORLD PEACE DAY, SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2008
The Global Peace and Justice Studies Community at Montgomery College
celebrated World Peace Day at all three campuses on September 22, 2008.
- On September 22, 2008 at 10 a.m. in the Theatre Arts Arena, Rockville Campus, noted columnist and peace educator Colman McCarthy spoke about "How to be an Effective Peacemaker." The talk was followed by a peace concert and all-day interactive student peace art activity in the Amphitheatre.
- From noon - 2 p.m., Mr. McCarthy spoke at the Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation Arts Center, Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus. The event was followed by the dedication of the Peace Garden at the Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus.
- On the evening of September 22nd from 7-9 p.m., Montgomery County Executive Isaiah Leggett moderated a town hall meeting with members of the Montgomery County Council: "Can Montgomery County Help End the War?" This event took place in the Globe Hall on the College's Germantown Campus.
Colman McCarthy is a veteran peace activist and educator who founded and directs the Center for Teaching Peace in Washington, DC. He wrote regular columns for The Washington Post from 1969 to 1997, and earned a reputation as the paper's "liberal conscience." His best-known work, "All of One Peace: Essays on Nonviolence," was first published in 1994 and "I'd Rather Teach Peace" appeared in May of 2008.
For faculty whose students are studying politics, religion, education, poverty, or peacemaking, these September 22 events offered valuable learning opportunities.
To learn more about Colman McCarthy and for readings that can be assigned to students, please see these links:
- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DU7BSW-attk Lifetime Achievement Award
These activities are all part of an ongoing effort among faculty and staff here at Montgomery College to create and offer a program in Global Peace and Justice Studies.
These events were free and open to the public.
Peace Train flyer from Peace Action Montgomery for Global Peace Day, September 22, 2008
Peace Day flyer, Montgomery College, for Global Peace Day, September 22, 2008