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FAU Hosts the Exhibition ‘From a Culture of Violence to a Culture of Peace’

BOCA RATON (November 3, 2009) – The peace studies program in FAU’s Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters presents the traveling exhibition “ From a Culture of Violence to a Culture of Peace: Transforming the Human Spirit,” which will be on display in the Wimberly Library on FAU’s Boca Raton campus from Monday, November 9 through Sunday, November 15. The exhibition, on loan from Soka Gakkai International (SGI), an international Buddhist lay association, consists of 36 freestanding panels that address the challenges of living in a world with nuclear weapons and a culture of violence.

The exhibition will be introduced in a public lecture by Jeffrey Morton, FAU professor of political science, and SGI-USA Vice General Director Ted Morino on Monday, November 9 at 1 p.m. in the Live Oak Pavilion in the Student Union on FAU’s Boca Raton campus. The opening lecture and exhibition are free and open to the public.

SGI-USA follows the teachings and philosophy of Nichiren Buddhism, which places the highest emphasis on the sanctity of life. The presentations in the exhibition pose the question: “In an increasingly interdependent world, where we share responsibility for the security of all human beings, is it possible to transform a culture of violence into a culture of peace?”

For further information about the exhibition, contact Professor Jeffrey S. Morton at 561-297-3212. For further information about FAU’s peace studies program, visit                                                                                          

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Florida Atlantic University opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. Today, the University serves more than 28,000 undergraduate and graduate students on seven campuses. Building on its rich tradition as a teaching university, with a world-class faculty, FAU hosts 10 colleges:  College of Architecture, Urban & Public Affairs, Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts & Letters, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Biomedical Science, the College of Business, the College of  Education, the College of  Engineering & Computer Science, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Graduate College,  the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science.  

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