NEW PORT RICHEY — Pasco-Hernando Community College will hold its 2013 Peace Week Oct. 7-11.
The lineup of free Peace Week events will include keynote speakers, guest lecturers, exhibits, presentations, interactive workshops, peace and religion festivals, and musical performances.
Peace Week events will be held at PHCC’s West Campus in New Port Richey, East Campus in Dade City, North Campus in Brooksville and Spring Hill Campus.
This year’s theme is “Transformation.” According to the Peace Week brochure, “Each year we pause to recognize that peace is not simply the absence of war, but a constantly changing and fragile ideology that can be threatened if people are not given the opportunity to express themselves and connect with one another.
“We must find understanding and balance in a social climate that increases cultural diversity and technological advances alongside growing volatility, political pressures and global perspective each day.”
The opening ceremony will feature a musical performance by Lorri Hafer at the West Campus. Hafer is best known as lead vocalist for the Hillside Singers, one of the groups that recorded longer versions of the “I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing” Coca Coal commercial on 1971.
Keynote presentations include a variety of peace and transformation topics. “Leadership and Peace” will be presented by Daniel Caron, creator of Original Play, a model of interaction that focuses on creating a context of safety and connection, into existing leadership models.
Bob Hall, former board member of the New York State Coalition Against Sexual Assault will present, “Nonviolent Sexuality: Making peace with passion.”
Ben Hewitt will share his families quest to leave no carbon footprints in his presentation, “Peace and Carrots: Cultivating local food economies in the 21st century.”
Ida Manning, will discuss the universal immigrant experience and the hopes, challenges and fears of today’s foreign born and their families in “Shifting the Conversation on Immigration.”
In addition to keynote speakers, a variety of guest lecturers and faculty presenters will host sessions throughout Peace Week. At the North Campus in Brooksville, Buddhist monks will create a sand mandala, a circular mural created from colored sand. Tibetans refer to the mandala as the “architecture of enlightenment” with meanings on many spiritual and artistic levels.
Celebration of Transformation, Religion, and Peace on Earth festivals, with drum circles, exhibits and displays, will be held at each campus. Those interested in expressing ideas about peace may enjoy creating ceramic peace tiles, tie dye and sand art.
Visit www.phcc.edu/peace for a daily agenda of activities, times and room locations at the various campus locations or call, toll free, (877) TRY-PHCC for more information.
Peace Week 2013–Transformation is sponsored by the Tampa Bay Times, PHCC’s Peace and Social Justice Institute and the student activities department.