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Le Moyne College Hosts 21st Annual Peace Studies Conference

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (For Immediate Release) … Le Moyne College will host the 21st Annual Peace Studies Conference, a project of the Central New York Peace Studies Consortium, on Saturday, Nov. 14. The program theme is “Youth, Drugs, Violence and Gangs: Global, National and Local Challenges.”

The conference seeks to provide a venue for discussion of the global problem of youth and gang violence and to share peacemaking tools and alternatives to violence.


From Martin L. King Jr. to Mahatma Gandhi, peacemakers have recognized the importance of teaching our young people how to live in peace. Thousands of youth are murdered and tens of thousands of them are arrested each year in the United States alone. The challenge of protecting our children is complicated when some of them are involved in generating the violence. Younger and younger children are carrying guns and selling drugs, and the attraction of “gangs” and thug culture is strong in many communities. Around the world, organized illegal trafficking (in drugs, arms, human beings etc.) poses an international threat to peace and global security. A peaceful future depends on meeting the challenges of violence at all levels, including developing alternatives for youth in our own communities.

Julius Edwards, Human Rights Commissioner of Onondaga County, will present the keynote address at noon. Session presenters include regional leaders and national and international scholars. Morning sessions will cover youth in the 21st century and building peaceful schools and communities. Afternoon sessions include announcement of the 2009 Peace Studies Award recipients, as well as sessions on group building and reducing violence. Robert Rubenstein, professor of anthropology and international relations at Syracuse University’s Maxwell School, will provide closing comments.


The conference is sponsored by the Center for Peace and Global Studies and the Center for Urban and Regional Applied Research (CURAR) at Le Moyne. Registration for the event is $15. For more information or to register for the conference, visit www.peaceconsortium.org or call (315) 445- 4294.





posted on: 11/4/2009