Peace and Disarmament
SGI-USA Publishes Voices for a Culture of Peace
SGI-USA is publishing a compendium of lectures from its Culture of Peace Distinguished Speakers Series in a book titled Voices for a Culture of Peace: Volume 1.
Featuring 14 speakers—scholars, practitioners and activists with diverse backgrounds—the book presents an array of thoughts on how to create and foster a global culture of peace. In particular, the book focuses on how to enhance understanding of topics such as personal empowerment, gender issues, conflict resolution, gang intervention and creating value through culture and education.
The publication of Voices for a Culture of Peace was initially proposed by former UN Under-Secretary-General Anwarul Chowdhury, who also contributed an Introduction for the book.
Lecturers featured in the volume include peace activist and journalist Coleman McCarthy and climatologist Dr. Habiba Gitay.
In 2005, SGI-USA established its first Culture of Peace Resource Center in support of the UN International Decade for a Culture of Peace and Non-Violence for the Children of the World (2000-2010). Currently, such resource centers exist in New York, Santa Monica, Honolulu, Chicago and Washington DC.
[Adapted from an article in the April 25, 2010, issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan; photo courtesy of Seikyo Shimbun]