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Peace and Justice Institute

Conversation on Peace

Valencia’s Peace and Justice Institute, in partnership with Student Development, is proud to announce a Conversation on Peace, January 28-31, 2013. The week’s events will include workshops, national and international guest speakers on multiple campuses, screenings of the film Project Happiness, in partnership with the Global Peace Film Festival, reading circles, festivities, and more.

Featured Book: The Peace Book

Peace book

The primary text for the week’s conversation is The Peace Book: 108 Simple Ways to Create a More Peaceful World. The book by Louise Diamond, PhD. in Peace Studies, is broken into twelve chapters, with topics including inner peace, conflict resolution, peace at work, co-existence, honoring our diversity, social change, justice, nonviolence, the environment, and spirit.

The book offers a basic introduction to these topics and serves as a launching pad for the study of peace and the creation of a culture of peace.

Get your free copy of The Peace Book from the library on West, East, Winter Park and Osceola Campuses while supplies last.


Look on the Master Schedule and individual campus schedules found below for Reading Circles on the campuses as well as the four-day Peace Week events.


Collegewide Master Schedule of Events

The Peace Book Logo

The Conversation on Peace includes reading circles, festivities, arts, workshops, guest presentations, and a film screening on the East, West, and Osceola campuses.

Click here to see the Master Schedule of events.
Please check back from time to time, as we will be updating the schedule throughout the month.

East Campus Events

West Campus Events

Osceola Campus Events

Opening Festivities on East Campus


Opening Festivities
Januray 28th from 8:00 am-Noon

Opening festivities held in East Campus Mall Area: January 28th from 8:00am-12:00pm.

Enjoy art projects, meditation, games, giveaways, fair trade products and light snacks. Come out to experience art projects, learn about, Ameri-Corp and volunteer service opportunities, make prayer flags, meet Emmanuel Ande Ivorgba and the Project Happiness team, and more.

Come and join us for a meditation workshop from 8:30am-9:20am.

8:00-Noon           Events in the Mall Area

8:30-9:30 am       Moving Meditation in the Atrium of Building 3

10:00 am -4:00 pm      Walk the Labyrinth in the Atrium of Building 3

Prayer Flags

Prayer Flags at Valencia

The prayer flag tradition is ancient, dating back thousands of years to India and the shamanistic Bon tradition of pre-Buddhist Tibet. The 5 colors of prayer flags represent the 5 basic elements: yellow-earth, green–water, red-fire, white-air, blue-space. Balancing these elements externally brings harmony to the environment. Balancing the elements internally brings health to the body and the mind, and greater peace to the world.

Join in with the Peace and Justice Institute  to create Prayer Flags.

Your contribution of $1 will help Emmanuel Ivorgba’s school in Nigeria.

Dr. Emmanuel Ande Ivorgba, Nigerian educator and peace-builder will be on East, West and Osceola campuses during Peace Week. He’s featured in the film Project Happiness being screened on the campuses on January 31st at 7:00pm.


Walk the Labyrinth

East Campus, Monday Januray 28th from 9:00 am -4:00 pm in the Atrium of Building 3.

Five Paths Through the Labyrinth

There are many approaches to the walk. Begin by quieting the mind and then follow the path that is right for you.

  • The Path of Silence: 
Empty your mind of the hubbub and commotion of the outer world. Open your heart to the silence of the walk.
  • The Path of Image: 
Follow the images or dreams that arise in your imagination.
  • The Path of Memory: 
Walk the sacred path in the memory of a friend or family member who has passed away.
  • The Path of Prayer: 
Recite a prayer, a Bible verse, or a line of poetry.
  • The Path of Questioning: 
Concentrate on a question. Don't expect an answer. Simply be content to explore the possibilities.

    To learn more about the historyof the labyrinth click here.

Featured Film: Project Happiness

Movie Poster

In partnership with the Global Peace Film Festival and hosted by the West Campus H.E.R.O. Club,, Valencia is proud to present Project Happiness.

Happiness is a universal quest. But what does it really mean? In this award-winning documentary, youth from three continents interview George Lucas, Richard Gere and neuroscientist Richard Davidson on the nature of lasting happiness. Then, they travel to India for an unforgettable private audience with the XIV Dalai Lama.

Through their eyes, gain a new perspective on how to expand happiness and live a meaningful life. Authentic happiness is not only possible – it’s closer than you think.

Screenings of the film will take place on
East, West, and Osceola Campuses on
Thursday, January 31, 2013 at 7:00pm.

East Campus: Building 8-101
West Campus: Buidling 3-112
Osceola Campus: Building 1-101

Click here for more info about the film and Project Happiness.

Click here for in-depth descriptions of all their programs: for Educators and Everyone.

Featured Guest: Emmanuel Ande Ivorgba

EmmanuelEmmanuel Ivorgba, featured in the film Project Happiness


Emmanuel Ande Ivorgba, Nigerian educator and peacebuilder will be our featured guest for our Conversation on Peace January 28th-31st.

Emmanuel Ande Ivorgba has made contributions to human development, especially in the fields of Philosophy (Metaphysics), Peace Education, Interfaith Dialogue, Youth Empowerment, Education for Liberation, Religion and Spirituality, among others. He currently serves as Executive Director of New Era Educational and Charitable Support Foundation, a Nigeria-based registered nonprofit empowering youths in West Africa with capacities to emerge from a life on the streets, drugs and dysfunctional families, to becoming leaders capable of helping themselves and their communities. Emmanuel also serves as Council Ambassador to the Parliament of the World Religions, based in Chicago-USA. He also serves as Global Ethics Study Circle Coordinator for the California-based The Dalai Lama Foundation. Emmanuel has been a student and participant in Project Happiness since 2006 and became the Program Director for the African continent in 2011. He has personally taught the Project Happiness curriculum to nearly 2000 children. In 2007, with support of friends from the Mount Madonna School, Project Happiness and The Dalai Lama Foundation, Emmanuel founded Creative Minds International Academy; a Jos-Nigeria based co-educational institution providing values-based education, creative self-expression and positive character development. He currently lives in Jos, Nigeria with his family- Hope, Samuel and Daniel.

Ivorgba will be on East Campus for opening festivities of the week and will lead a workshop on Monday, January 28th at 2:30pm in room 3-113.

He will be on Osceola Campus on Wednesday, January 30th speaking and working with students, faculty and staff.

He will be on West Campus on Thursday, January 31st visiting and interacting with students, faculty and staff.

On the evening of January 31st, the H.E.R.O. Club will host the film screening of Project Happiness on West Campus. Ivorgba, who is featured in the film, will be present for the screening. Following the screening of the film, Ivorgba will lead the Q&A session, which will be streamed live across multiple campuses.

For Emmanuel's full bio click here.

Humanities Speaker Series Presents: John Prendergast



John Prendergast

John Prendergast is a human rights activist and best-selling author who has worked for peace in Africa for over 25 years. He is the co-founder of the Enough Project, an Institute to end genocide and crimes against humanity affiliated with the Center for American Progress. John has worked for the Clinton White House, the State Department, two members of Congress, the National Intelligence Council, UNICEF, Human Rights Watch, the International Crisis Group, and the U.S. Institute of Peace. 

East Campus' Humanities Department has ordered copies of his book, Unlikely Brothers: An Inspirational Story of Mentorship, to read and discuss before his presentation. A reading circle will be held Thursday, January 24 at 1pm in Building 5, Room 112 at Valencia East Campus. Click here for more event info and to add event to your calendar.

For his speaking engagement, Prendergast will discuss his experience mentoring a young man and how his passion for activism developed. He will focus on how we can help promote peace in war-torn regions. This event will be held at East Campus' Performing Arts Center on Wednesday, Jan 30th at 1pm.

Click here for more event information and to add the event to your calendar.



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