The Augusta University College of Education will host a free, two-day exhibit called “Building a Culture of Peace for the Children of the World” in the JSAC Breezeway on the Summerville campus Nov. 30 to Dec. 1.
Illustrating the importance of building a culture of peace at all levels and across geographical lines, the exhibit highlights the work of a dozen people famous for their role in conflict resolution, while showcasing the essays and artwork of children who are destined to inherit this task. The show has previously been seen at Columbia University, Harvard University – and the United Nations headquarters in New York, where more than 10,000 attended.
“The purpose is to plant the seeds of peace on campus. Universities cultivate world leaders. But knowledge is neutral and can be used for good or bad. Our wisdom guides us on how to use our knowledge,” said Dr. Nai-Cheng Kuo, professor of education.
Kuo said that it is important to have the kind of moral conversations that help to teach students to use their collegiate education and experiences to spread peace wherever they go.
“Peace is not just an absence of conflict. Peace is a set of values that prevents conflict through dialogue and negotiation. Those values can live in a family, in a workplace, in a classroom or in a society,” Kuo said.
The exhibit stresses that a culture of peace consists of interlocking pieces in which each individual plays a part. And faculty have volunteered to sit down in conversations with students about how to define peace and how to mindfully implement the concept.
The exhibit is sponsored by the College of Education, Reese Library, The GRU Literacy Center, The Confucius Institute and the GRU Peace Studies group.
Date: Nov. 30-Dec. 1
Time: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Location: Breezeway of the Jaguar Student Activity Center
Augusta University Summerville campus
2500 Walton Way, Augusta, GA 30904