In spring 2012, the Perpetual Peace Project entered its phase 2, with a series of special initiatives in North and South Korea and at Syracuse University. This page provides an overview of such activities.
SEOUL: VIDEO INTERVIEWS WITH GREGG LAMBERT – MARCH 2012
Professor Gregg Lambert, Founding Director of the Humanities Center and co-founder of the Perpetual Peace Project travelled to South Korea in early March 2012 to participate in a number of public initiatives co-sponsored by Korean partners and publishing companies. Among them is a segment of video interviews on the border with North Korea in which Lambert engages in a discussion of future peace with the public intellectual Taek-Gwang Lee (Kyung Hee University, Seoul). Lambert also gave a public presentation featuring a discussion with Hong Sae Hwa, a representative of the New Progressive Party who went into exile in France during the 1970’s. The event took place on March 2nd.
EAT TOGETHER FOR PEACE [ET4PEACE] – 14-21 SEMPTEMBER 2012
As an extension of the Perpetual Peace Project, through a series of exhibits, shared meals, discussions, dialogues, conversations and panels over the course of a week, ‘Eat Together for Peace’ explores hospitality and the arts as pathways to peace. Hosted by the Syracuse University Humanities Center and co-sponsors, Eat Together for Peace included lunch and dinner dialogues, drama and arts events, a mix-it up with international students, an international theme dinner in the dining halls, and a forum on pathways to peace. Events culminated on International Peace Day, Friday 21 September, with the formation of a human peace sign on the Syracuse University campus quadrangle.
COMMON GROUND FOR PEACE – 8-9 OCTOBER 2012
This landmark forum, led by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, convened international thought leaders, the Syracuse University campus and the greater Syracuse community in critical conversations about how to shift global consciousness toward matters of peace. More than 2,700 people attended the academic panels ‘The Arab Spring: The Rise of Democracy in the Middle East,’ and ‘Shifting the Global Consciousness,’ both moderated by NBC News national and international correspondent Ann Curry, with introductions by Gregg Lambert.
The Arab Spring: The Rise of Democracy in the Middle East
Panelists for ‘The Arab Spring’ discussion included: His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama; founder and chairman of the Global Partnerships Forum Amir Dossal; Nobel Peace Laureate and former director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency Mohamed ElBaradei; director of the Moral Courage Project at New York University’s School of Public Service Irshad Manji; energy and national security specialist and former Director of Central Intelligence R. James Woolsey.
Shifting the Global Consciousness
The ‘Shifting the Global Consciousness’ panelists are: His Holiness the Dalai Lama; founder and chairman of the Global Partnerships Forum Amir Dossal; Nobel Peace Laureate and Iranian human rights lawyer Shirin Ebadi; Nobel Peace Laureate and former director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency Mohamed ElBaradei; human rights advocate Martin Luther King III; former U.N. ambassador Andrew Young; and Iranian-American journalist Roxana Saberi.
The two-day forum culminated with a public talk by the Dalai Lama, followed by the One World Concert, a festival-style music event in the Carrier Dome. His Holiness spoke about resolving conflict in one world through global consciousness, before the artists took to the stage to perform their original song. The concert was emceed by Whoopi Goldberg and features performances by Dave Matthews, Natasha Bedingfield, David Crosby, Counting Crows, Roberta Flack, Nelly Furtado, Cyndi Lauper, and Joanne Shenandoah, among many others.