NEWS ADVISORY: Get Palestinian and Israeli Youths to Talk?

Emily Welty, PhD, international author and Pace University professor, and Jacob Toll, Board member of the Seeds of Peace Organization have done it. They are two of six distinguished panelists presenting on a panel entitled “Engaging Youths & Community in Dialogue: Our Roles in Cultivating Global Peace?” at this year’s Left Forum at Pace University Saturday afternoon, March 19, from 2 to 4:30 at Pace University’s downtown Manhattan campus (entrance on Spruce St. just East of City Hall).

PANEL DISCUSSION

“Engaging Youths and Community in Dialogue: Our Roles in Cultivating Global Peace?”

Schedule: G. Panel Session 3 – Saturday March 19,  3pm – 4:50 pm

NEW YORK, NY, March 18, 2011 — It pays to listen to anyone who can get Palestinian and Israeli youths to engage in peaceful dialogue.

Emily Welty, PhD,  international author and Pace University professor, and Jacob Toll, board member of the Seeds of Peace Organization have done it. They are two of six panelists presenting “Engaging Youths and Community in Dialogue: Our Roles in Cultivating Global Peace?” at this year’s Left Forum at Pace University Saturday afternoon, March 19, from 2 to 5pm at Pace University’s downtown Manhattan campus (entrance on Spruce St. just East of City Hall).

The panel includes educators and activists who have researched, studied and experimented with models of dialogue that show great promise in real world settings. The moderator, Rev. Deborah Moldow, is the United Nations representative for an NGO, the World Peace Prayer Society, and a co-founder, of Campus Peace Centers.

Even if they are concerned with global peace, many of today’s youths and educators have been inadequately prepared to transcend polarization along racial, religious and class or economically disparate lines, organizers say. One panelist who has addressed this issue is Frances Delahanty, PhD, an associate professor of psychology at Pace University, and founder-chair of a peace and justice advisory board at the institution.

Drawing on their real world and academic experiences, panelists will showcase conceptual and practical models of how to nurture cutting edge dialoging that reconciles conflicts . One such model with potential for defusing disagreements is “Non-violent Communication” to be presented by Ida Dupont, PhD, associate professor of criminal justice and human services at Pace.

All of the panelists are deeply concerned with cutting through today’s politicized, sound-bite culture in order to educate youths to successfully navigate and negotiate in an at-risk global community. Administrators at Pace believe one panelist, Lorendra Pinder, an honor student and president of the campus Stonewall Coalition, is making a difference among her peers; she has been a prime mover in the Model UN Program at Pace University.

The panel has been organized by Leonard Burg project and operations coordinator in the Pace University Division for Student Success.  The division, led by a new Associate Provost for Student Success, Mark Allen Poisel, PhD, is concerned with crafting intentional pathways to graduation, especially for at-risk youths in danger of attrition. The panel features diverse multi-campus staff, faculty, students and community activists working together to achieve these aims.

The Left Forum bills itself as “the largest annual conference of left and progressive intellectuals, activists, academics, and the interested public in the U.S”.  This year it is featuring over 700 speakers, thousands of participants and 300 panels, during the three-day conference. Plenary speakers include Cornel West, culture critic and Distinguished Professor at Princeton University, and Barbara Ehrenreich, Author of “Nickel and Dimed.”

Conference Fee: rates from $20 to $60 for from 1 to 3 days. To REGISTER NOW find out more information at leftforum.org, left forum on Facebook, left forum on Twitter, leftforum@leftforum.org or call (212) 817-2002/2003.

For information about the Engaging Youths panel, contact Leonard Burg at (212) 346-1579 or Lburg@pace.edu. Cell 917-941-7099

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