Peace and the lack of peace education being taught in American schools highlighted Colman McCarthy's speech last night.
Colman McCarthy, pacifist, author and leader in the movement toward world peace, told the audience last night that Americans need to teach school children about peace and conflict resolution. McCarthy noted while most American students are well-versed in the country's war generals and battles, very few have learned about the leaders of peace.
The solution to ending violence is peace education, he said.
McCarthy went on to say that there are three effective ways to become a peacemaker. “You need a commitment to prayer, a commitment to service and a commitment to non-violence,” he said leading a nearly two-hour discussion on building a peaceful America.
During his discussion he urged students to learn through service work. He said service work is usually reported by students as one of their most memorable experiences.
McCarthy was the first speaker for this year’s President’s Forum Series. He is a former syndicated columnist and editorial page reporter for the Washington Post. He is the founder of the Center for Teaching Peace and the author of six books on social justice and nonviolence. McCarthy teaches courses on peace studies at Georgetown University Law Center, the University of Maryland, American University and three public high schools in Washington, D.C.
Now in its third year, the President’s Forum Series, established by President Gearan, is designed to bring a variety of speakers to campus to share their knowledge and ideas with students, faculty, staff of the Colleges, as well as with interested community members.
The next guest is Ambassador Charles Stith, former ambassador to Tanzania, who will visit campus on Monday, October 28.
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