The concept of an international day of peace was introduced in 1999 with the documentary, “Peace One Day,” by filmmaker Jeremy Gilley. In 2001, Gilley’s dream was realized when the 192 member states of the United Nations unanimously adopted the 21st of September as an annual day of global ceasefire and non-violence, the UN International Day of Peace.
Students of the WMST 372 Peace course are celebrating the International Day of Peace by organizing a number of events to be held in the Scandling Campus Center from 11 a.m. through to 8 p.m., the Peace Day “Breathe-In.” Events include:
11:55 a.m.: Film “The Day After Peace,” a film by Jeremy Gilley on Peace One Day. Enjoy a cup of tea on Saga at the “Make Tea, Not War” kiosk.
2 p.m.: Yoga with Caroline Coster ’11
3 p.m.: Meditation with The Venerable Tenzin Yignyen, an instructor of Asian languages and cultures.
4 p.m.: Breathe and Meditate with Meghann Wraight-Steinmetz, of the Center for Counseling and Student Wellness.
Starting at 5 p.m.: Open Microphone – Calling musicians, poets, writers, and singers
7 p.m.: 3 Miles Lost, the women’s a capella group on campus. They have performed at benefit concerts for Katrina Victims, joined the Hobartones at Jazz at Lincoln Center for the Colleges Capital Campaign kickoff and hold concerts each semester.
Throughout the day there will be arts, chalking, crafts, music and a class video on peace. International Peace Day is not just about creating peace between the many nations of the world, but creating peace and an environment of non-violence in our homes, communities and schools, regardless of age, race, nationality, religion or gender.