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Campus features Peace Week events

The University of Toronto will celebrate Peace Week starting on Sunday, Nov. 5 through to Nov. 11.  Lectures, forums, special services, performances, workshops, films and art exhibits will take place at all three campuses.

“Peace Week is important for our campus community because it brings another level of awareness regarding global issues that can certainly have an impact on students and staff here” says student Lisa Endersby, vice-president campus life at U of T Scarborough. “Our multicultural awareness is also enhanced, because we get the opportunity to learn about situations going on around the world that we may not otherwise be aware of. It is my hope that Peace Week will become an annual event on campus so that we can continue to raise awareness of global concerns and crises.”

On Wednesday, Nov. 8, a presentation will be given by professional trainers Henry Wai and John Stevens, experts in compassionate communication. Wai and Stevens will demonstrate everyday peacemaking through communication processes and improvise in conflict situations in order to transform them. This event, called Conflict Improv, takes place from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Student Centre, room SL234, the Scotia Bank Clubs Room.

Following this event, at 7 p.m. on Nov. 8, a presentation called “Our Responsibility to Protect,” will be given by Adrian Bradbury, co-founder and executive director of Athletes for Africa & GuluWalk. Bradbury is a recipient of the 2005 Planet Africa award and was honoured in the Heroes section of Maclean’s magazine. Bradbury’s talk will take place in room S309 of the Science win. Both events on Nov. 8, which address issues of global conflict and peace, are hosted by the Scarborough Campus Students’ Union (SCSU).   

On Friday, Nov. 10, a ceremony will be held for Remembrance Day. Because Remembrance Day falls on a Saturday this year, the campus will hold the event on Friday from 10:45 to 11:15 a.m. in The Meeting Place. It will be a ceremony of quiet reflection, including a Moment of Silence at 11 a.m.

For information regarding the student events, contact Lisa Endersby at campuslife@scsu.ca. For more information about events being held at all three campuses, visit the Peace week website: http://individual.utoronto.ca/khalsagf/links.html

Swetha Chirravur is a fourth-year student in English and economics. She is currently serving as a work-study student in the Office of Marketing and Communications.

 




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