Dubuque Celebrates U.N. International Day of Peace Sept. 21;
Expanded Schedule Includes Festival Events
For the third consecutive year, Dubuque will join people from across the globe in celebrating the United Nations International Day of Peace on Sept. 21. This year’s focus is an exploration of alternatives to violence – there are other ways!
Featured speaker will be Rajmohan Gandhi, grandson of Mohandas K. Gandhi. This FREE event will be held at the Alumni Center Ballroom, Loras College at 7 p.m. A short Intercollegiate Choral Concert will set the tone as prelude.
Professor Gandhi will draw on his extensive global experience as a peace researcher and activist to explore alternatives to violence in resolving conflicts.
The following day, he will speak at Divine Word College in Epworth at 1:30 p.m. on the relevance of Mahatma Gandhi’s wisdom for current and future leaders. This is also a FREE event.
Professor Gandhi is Research Professor at the Center for South Asian and Middle Asian Studies and Academic Director, Global Crossroads, at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. In 2009 and 2010 he served as the international president of the NGO, Initiatives of Change.
In 1990, he led the delegation from India to the UN Human Rights Commission in Geneva. Gandhi has worked over the years for India-Pakistan and Hindu-Muslim reconciliation. Since 9/11, he has also worked to address the divide between the West and the world of Islam.
He is the author of numerous books, including A Tale of Two Revolts: India 1857 and the American Civil War, which is available at the public library and River Lights Book Store. His previous book, a biography of Mahatma Gandhi, A True Story of a Man, His People and an Empire, received a prestigious award in 2007.
The Dubuque area community is invited to celebrate those in this community working to end violence and to become engaged in developing creative alternatives leading to peace. As the sponsoring group of Dubuque –area residents affirms, “Peace lies at the heart of each individual, all families, communities, territories and nations. Peace is the dream we hope and strive for.”
All are also invited to participate in a series of festival-related events during September. These include:
The website also has resources, prayer services, and links to related sites.
Since its inception in 1981, the U.N. International Day of Peace has marked humanity’s personal and planetary progress toward peace. The celebration has grown to include millions of people in all parts of the world through events ranging in scale from private gatherings to public events with wide attendance.