Student leadership training for peace: working with others for the common good

The second annual Student Leadership Training for Peace at Kennesaw State University‚ Friday‚ April…

Georgia (Mar 15, 2006) — Student leadership training for peace: working with others for the common good

Karen Kennedy

Abstract

Media Contact: Frances Weyand‚ Director of University Relations‚ 770−423−6203 or fweyand@kennesaw.edu

How does one know when a law is unjust and should be fought? What are the lessons of Henry David Thoreau‚ Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr.‚ each of whom engaged in acts of civil disobedience against unjust laws? What knowledge and skills did Rosa Parks have that gave her the courage to keep her seat on the bus‚ and fight an “unjust law?”

These are some of the questions that will be answered during the second annual Student Leadership Training for Peace at Kennesaw State University‚ Friday‚ April 7‚ from 8:30 a.m.−4:30 p.m. in Burruss Building‚ Room 151. The cost‚ which includes lunch‚ is $15 for students and $25 for the general public.

Students from public and private colleges and universities and students of peace in the general public will engage in a day−long dialogue about the skills and knowledge needed for working with others for the common good.

The program will include workshops to develop skills for peace activism. Workshops include intercultural conflict resolution and developing cross−cultural understanding‚ the athletic coach as peace maker and the legal process as a strategy for peace building. A hands−on session on the use of technology to get an organization’s message to the public‚ including how to build a blog‚ will also be offered.

The peace conference will also include a workshop by Herbert Kohl‚ author of 40 books‚ including his most recent “She Would Not Be Moved: How to Tell the Story of Rosa Parks and the Montgomery Bus Boycott.” Kohl’s book corrects the often distorted and whitewashed story of Rosa Parks and provides an alternate‚ more truthful account of the historical event and the intelligent‚ moral conviction and courage that underscored the Civil Rights—and all social—movement.

The keynote speaker will be Horace T. Ward‚ Federal Court judge for the Northern District of Georgia. Ward was appointed to the Fulton Superior Court by then−Gov. Jimmy Carter and later appointed to the federal bench by President Carter. As a lawyer in the 1960s‚ Ward’s clients included Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.‚ and Charlayne Hunter−Gault and Hamilton Holmes‚ the plaintiffs in the lawsuit that led to the desegregation of the University of Georgia. Ward’s keynote address will be In Pursuit of Equal Justice Under the Law.

Other speakers include Charles Johnson‚ a partner in Holland and Knight law firm; Adelina Nichols‚ Coordinadora De Lideres Communitarios; Lani Wong‚ of the National Association of Chinese Americans; Mike Spino‚ former track coach and United Nations Sports for Peace program; and Kenneth Frank‚ professor of conflict resolution and legal studies at Brenau University.

For more information‚ email: globaldiversity@kennesaw.edu‚ or visit the Web site: www.kennesaw.edu/diversity‚ or call 770−499−3010.



A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers more than 150 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its approximately 38,000 students. With 13 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia and the third-largest university in the state. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the region and from 92 countries across the globe. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 6 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status, and one of the 50 largest public institutions in the country. For more information, visit kennesaw.edu.

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