Peace and Disarmament
SGI-USA Students in Seattle, USA, Sponsor Exhibition on Peace Education
On May 19, 2008, some 1,200 people visited the SGI exhibition "From a Culture of Violence to a Culture of Peace: Transforming the Human Spirit" at Seattle Central Community College in Seattle, Washington, USA. The exhibition coincided with a day-long symposium on peace-related topics, including poverty throughout the world, climate change and nuclear disarmament.
Presenters at the symposium were Dick Nelson, director of the Puget Sound Millennium Goals Project, Johnnie Robbins, an SGI-USA Pacific Northwest Zone young men's leader who shared his perspective as a Buddhist in the military, and astrophysicist and professor Ted Coskey speaking on the threat of nuclear weapons. Following the symposium were workshops and video screenings. Over 225 students participated in the event.
A second showing of the exhibition on May 27 at South Seattle Community College drew nearly 1,000 people.
The events at both venues were hosted by Students for Peace, an SGI-USA student club at Seattle Central Community College.
[Adapted from an article in the June 27, 2008 issue of The World Tribune, SGI-USA; photo courtesy of The World Tribune]