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7 December 2010
In This Issue
International Peace and War Summit at Case Western Reserve University
BePeace Foundations Course
Anniversary Summit: Signing of the Roerich Pact
Elise Boulding Scholarship Fund
Global Campaign for Peace Education
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Save the Date
 
Peacebuilding Peacelearning Intensive (PPI)
July 17-23 2011
Vermont
 
International Institute on Peace Education (IIPE)
August 12-18 2011
Japan
Greetings!


Thanks to you and so many others, this has been a phenomenal year for the National Peace Academy (NPA).  During 2010, we have moved from vision to action.

  • NPA held its first Peacebuilding Peacelearning Intensive (PPI) at Wilmington College in August. The success has sparked a growing camaraderie among those who attended and promises to help bring to fruition many of their proposed peace building projects.
  • NPA stewarded the 2010 International Institute for Peace Education (IIPE) in Cartagena, Colombia.  NPA is the home of the secretariat of the IIPE, which has prospered for nearly three decades. 
  • NPA offered classes within the SAGES program at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU). 
  • NPA played a profound role in the groundbreaking conference, The Peace and War Summit, hosted by the Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence at CWRU. 

And that's just the beginning...

  • In 2010 NPA incorporated and is now officially a 501c3 non-profit corporation with headquarters in Shelburne, Vermont.  We are standing on our own two legs with trustees, a board and an amazing staff. 

We are taking our momentum even further in 2011. 

  • The 2011 IIPE will take place in Japan this summer. 
  • The 2011 PPI will be held at Champlain College in Burlington, Vermont. 
  • There will be another two SAGES courses at CWRU. 

And we are excited to announce that the National Peace Academy will also introduce its short courses and Certificate Program in 2011.

 

During this holiday season, during this time of lights amidst winter's darkness, be aware of the growing light brought by all of you and your support for the National Peace Academy.  In this crucial stage we have moved from a planning and visioning group to a fully functioning learning institution, part of the connective tissue within the burgeoning peace education movement.  We have a professional staff working every day for a culture of peace, the culture we are all working toward together. 

 

On behalf of everyone here at the National Peace Academy I ask for your support in 2011 as we strive for a culture that doesn't just end violence but works to create something better through cooperation, diplomacy, and friendship.  I look forward to working with all of you in the coming year.

 

All the best,

 

Lou Ensel Signature

Lou Ensel
NPA Board Chair

International Peace and War Summit at Case Western Reserve University

This year, the National Peace Academy was a co-sponsor of the first International Peace and War Summit organized by the Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence at Case Western Reserve University.  Director of the center, Shannon French explained, "at most academic conferences, scholars within a select field who are already familiar with one another's work read papers they prepared in advance and then exchange a few polite (or sometimes not so polite) comments.  It is a pleasant exercise with predictable results.  If humanity is to advance against its vital challenges - such as forging sustainable peace - we must break out of these patterns and try something new. I hope and believe that the Summit was something new."  A diverse group of people from 15 countries, including scholars, poets, artists, musicians, veterans, serving members of the military, activists, policy-makers, health care professionals, business leaders, NGO leaders, teachers and students gathered for a week of deep conversations and learning. The full program can be found here.


Several panels were taped for U.S. public television (C-SPAN) and can be found here, including a panel entitled, The Future of Peace and War, which features National Peace Academy President Dot Maver.


PeacePole_CeremonyDuring the Summit, the NPA brought in Fumi Stewart, Executive Director of the World Peace Prayer Society, to dedicate a Peace Pole to the Inamori Center at CWRU.  Fumi, with help from the Ruffing Montessori Middle School led a room filled with participants from various countries, cultures and backgrounds through a ceremony of heartfelt prayers and blessings that were to follow for each and every world nation.  The Montessori flag bearers proudly carried their flags to the front of the stage and presented their flags as blessings were read for each country:  May Peace be in Afghanistan, May Peace Prevail On Earth.....May Peace be in Belgium, May Peace Prevail On Earth.....May Peace be in China, May Peace Prevail On Earth.  In addition to the students, many of the Summit attendants felt moved to join in the flag procession to carry forth the spirit of each nation.  Click here to read more about the ceremony and to view pictures.


Rinaldo Receiving Congressional Record

The Summit also gave the National Peace Academy the opportunity to honor and celebrate Rinaldo Brutoco who is Founder and President of the World Business Academy, and a Founding Circle Member, supporter and friend of the National Peace Academy.  At the close of the panel For Profit and For Peace on Friday, October 29th, NPA presented a statement from Congressman Dennis J. Kucinich of Ohio which had been read before the House of Representatives and entered into the Congressional Record recognizing Rinaldo for his service to humanity.   Read the letter and other statements honoring Rinaldo here.


NPA Sponsored BePeace Foundations Course

BePeaceThe National Peace Academy's first course offering in partnership with BePeace was held in Charlotte, Vermont from November 17-20.  The BePeace Foundations Course was also the first BePeace course to be held in New England and the first to be sponsored by the National Peace Academy.  As such, the course was a milestone for both the NPA and Rasur International.  Nineteen participants along with four facilitators from across the United States attended. 

 

Click here for more about the course.

Anniversary Summit:  Signing of the Roerich Pact 
Pact_signing
White House, Washington D.C. April 15th, 1935. Sitting, right to left: Henry Wallace, Secretary of Agriculture (USA), Franklin D. Roosevelt, President of the USA, Felipe A Espil, Ambassador of Argentina

National Peace Academy President, Dot Maver, serves on the Board of Directors with the Nicholas Roerich Museum in NYC. In October she traveled to Moscow with Aida Tulskaya, Assistant Director of the Museum, where they participated in the 75th Anniversary Summit
of the signing of the Roerich Pact and Banner of Peace International Treaty (1935 in Washington DC, see photo) at the State Museum of Oriental Art.

 

Banner of PeaceIn the words of Nicholas Roerich, "Wherever the Banner is displayed, it recognizes the great achievements of the past, the present, and the future. It encourages each person to take responsibility for the evolution of the planet; it signifies the peace-builder; and it symbolizes the transformation of the individual and of society. It represents cooperation - the cornerstone of the emerging planetary culture - in all aspects of human activity."

Elise Boulding Scholarship Fund

Elise BouldingAt this season of gratitude and giving, we remember with love Elise Boulding who personified this spirit of generosity.  This year, with the blessing of her family, the National Peace Academy honored Elise Boulding's lifelong demonstration of the spirit of peace by creating a scholarship fund to give others the opportunity to continue her work on behalf of the common good. 

 

Please click here to donate to the National Peace Academy Elise Boulding Scholarship Fund.  Your gift will allow those who wish to participate in the National Peace Academy's peacebuilding and peacelearning programs to do so.

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