Stewart, C.A., C.M.C.
Tel: (403) 461-2469
Peace, Teach Peace
Education Conference brings International attention to Canada
HAMILTON, ON, October 18,
2004 – If there is to be peace in our time, it is up to the educators to
teach it to future generations. Of course, who will teach the educators? This
is the main purpose behind the Third Annual Peace Education Conference in
Canada at McMaster University, presented by the Canadian Centres for Teaching
Peace this November.
This four-day conference has been a much-needed
gathering place for the last two years – for not only peace researchers,
educators, and activists – but people from all backgrounds, who recognize
that the responsibility to cultivate a culture of peace in society belongs to
all. Participants in the past have ranged from those who live in residence at
McMaster to guests flying in from places as remote and distant as Cyprus.
This year’s conference is preceded by a
three-day “Leadership and Peace Workshop” and is followed by a two-day
“National Culture of Peace & Canadian Peace Initiative Symposium”
totalling an unprecedented nine-day period of peace education seminars,
discussions, workshops, and more.
Not only are established peace researchers and
established educators attending, but many students from across the country
attend, including many McMaster students from its undergraduate Peace Studies
programme. “Two years ago, this conference sold me on my decision to go into
peace studies at McMaster”, says Rob Porter, a Mac student in Honours Peace
Studies and Theatre & Film Studies. “The conference attracts the
international theorists and activists that helped craft peace studies into an
academic discipline, who conceived the materials we read from first year and
on in peace studies – and meeting them is an amazing experience.”
The conference has been organized by the
leadership of Robert Stewart, a McMaster alumnus who graduated in 1973 with a
Bachelor of Commerce. He is now a Chartered Accountant in public practice and
Certified Management Consultant who has held many senior management positions
in business and government over the past 31 years. Robert developed his
'passion for peace' through his membership in the Rotary Clubs.
“I believe we could easily have over 500
participants this year”, says Stewart, who since founding the Canadian
Centres for Teaching Peace (CCTP) in 1997, has devoted himself to using his
professional skills as a general manager and information manager to help
advance peace education in Canada and internationally. “Promotion is
where we need the most help right now…our conferences are really good, but
they are still relatively unknown to the many who would be interested in
The Third Annual Conference on Peace Education in
Canada will run from November 18 through 21, preceded by the Leadership and
Peace Workshop from November 15 through 17, and followed by the National
Culture of Peace & Canadian Peace Initiative Symposium from November 21
Early-bird registration is $200 (or $25 for
students, $50 for retirees) if submitted before October 31, 2004. Fees are
used to pay the costs of the conference, and any surplus is contributed to the
Canadian Peace Education Foundation to support future peace education efforts.
Participants (*) will be also given a complimentary copy of Senator Douglas
Roche’s book, The Human Right to Peace – regarded by CCTP as a must-read
for all peace educators.
For those interested, more information can be
obtained on the CCTP website at http://www.peace.ca/
or by contacting the McMaster Peace and Conflict Students’ Society at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Stewart, C.A., C.M.C.
Tel: (403) 461-2469 (toll free 1-800-574-7126)
(*) participants paying $200