Spring 2005 Newsletter
NEWS FROM PEACE HOUSE
A Newsletter from the Wilmington College Peace Resource Center
Spring 2005 - Volume 27.1
Inside this issue:
- Hiroshima and Its Legacy Today
- What Works! 2nd Annual Conference
- From Our Readers
- May Westheimer
- Dayton International Peace Museum Update
- Relief Work in Indonesia
- New AV Resources
- Donor Report - 30 October 2004 through 16 March 2005
- Resources from Other Places
- Peace Related Web Sites
- Book of the Month Club
**HIROSHIMA AND ITS LEGACY TODAY
"Hiroshima and Its Legacy Today" is a 30-minute radio documentary that aired on Pearl Harbor Day on 160 stations across the western parts of the United States, Canada, and South Africa.
PEACE-TALKS, the group that produced the program, is a public radio venture whose goal is to broadcast information about alternatives to violence. They have produced stories on everything from confronting domestic violence in Bosnia, a women?s credit-and-savings project in Vietnam, and efforts to abolish landmines worldwide, to a Peace Village in the Bronx, and the Network of Victim Assistance in the United States.
Now they are in the production stage of a follow-up to the Pearl Harbor Day story, a 60-minute documentary of the in-depth stories of Hiroshima and Nagasaki survivors, along with their motivation and drive to create peace after the devastation. The program draws on interviews with both Japanese and American veterans who feel differently about the decision to drop the bomb, with the goal of giving the listener a better understanding of the escalation of cruelty and violence that led to the dropping of the bomb. The ultimate goal is to introduce these two important stories to the generations of people who only know that the bomb was dropped to end World War II, without understanding the full consequences of nuclear war and its proliferation today.
This program will be narrated by Walter Cronkite, and will air on PRI (Public Radio International) during the first week of August, the 60th anniversary of the dropping of the bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The producers anticipate that this program will be aired on at least 100 radio stations, reaching more than 2 million people.
Please join us in supporting this effort. Visit www.peacetalksonline.org to listen to and order this and previous stories.
**WHAT WORKS! 2ND ANNUAL CONFERENCE
The theme for the second annual National Conference on Conflict Resolution is "Innovations in Conflict Resolution Education: Early Childhood to Higher Education." The conference will be held September 28 through October 1 in Columbus, Ohio.
The keynote presenter, Dr. Crystal Kuykendall, is the author of From Rage to Hope: Strategies for Reclaiming Black and Hispanic Students. She will speak on "Bringing Out the Best in All Students."
Other speakers include Willie Lopez, "Youth Conflicts: Making the Right Choice," and Ralph "Bud" Fry, "Parents! The Critical Key."
Workshop topics include bullying prevention, social and emotional learning, truancy mediation, special education mediation, Positive Discipline, linking CRE and teacher education, restorative justice, and many more.
Two-day intensive trainings will focus on Positive Discipline, peer mediation training for students and advisors, mediation in higher education settings, and Ruby Payne?s Framework for Understanding Poverty.
Sponsors include the Ohio Commission on Dispute Resolution, the Interfaith Center for Peace, the Ohio Resource Network (Safe School Center), the Ohio Department of Education, and the U.S. Department of Education. The PRC will be presenting the workshops on Positive Discipline and will be providing the book table.
For more information, visit www.disputeresolution.ohio.gov.
**FROM OUR READERS
Our readers often write to us with ideas, programs, theories, or stories to share. Bob Quilitch, a Licensed Psychologist in Reno, Nevada, submitted the following:
"I have developed a fairly simple and appealing method for settling disputes which can be easily taught to young children. This enables them to settle disputes and conflicts on their own. It is based upon the universally understood concept of ?chance? and ?taking turns,? not on adult-style reasoning, discussion or appeals to altruism. As a practicing family psychologist, I used this with families in my office, teaching the methods to parents and children. When adopted by a family, parents quickly came to love it for children no longer brought all their complaints and conflicts to them, but resolved squabbles by themselves.
"I taught parents to begin by asking their arguing children this question: ?What would be a fair way to decide who gets to go first, choose the TV channel, sit by the window in the car, use the Big Wheel, etc.?? Most children, in my experience, have no answer for such a question. I would teach 5-6 Deciding Games for parents to teach to their children. This transforms a conflict into a game, albeit one with a winner and losers. More importantly, such a game is seen as ?fair? by children. This enables them to peacefully accept the results, win or lose. Such deciding games include flipping a coin; rolling a die; playing rock, paper, scissors; drawing straws; and guessing a number."
Bob would appreciate your feedback. You may write to him at 2750 Plumas, #311, Reno, NV 89509, call him at 775-827-6711, or email him at BQuilitch@aol.com.
Do you have something you would like to submit for our readers to review? Contact the PRC for more information.
It was a sad day for Wilmington College when we heard of the unexpected death of May Westheimer in early November. We are so glad that May was able to attend the 2004 symposium, "Constructing Peace: Voices of Hope."
Donors to the Westheimer Peace Symposium endowment fund share May?s commitment to working for a more peaceful world. We would like to express our gratitude for their generosity.
Marcie Anszperger and Family
Bits & Chips Machining Co.
Michael Dalcerro and Patricia Dahlman
Kathleen Foreman and Family
Micro Electronics, Inc.
North Side Bank & Trust
**DAYTON INTERNATIONAL PEACE MUSEUM UPDATE
The Dayton (Ohio) International Peace Museum is no longer located in downtown Dayton. They are currently working to partner with Sinclair University. In the meantime, the PeaceMobile will be a mobile museum. Exhibits are also traveling and are available for loan.
The Museum has a business plan, a donor plan, marketing materials, 501(c)3 status, and a schedule for strategic planning. They are planning a capital fund-raising campaign. Their eventual dream is to build a free-standing building that will use sustainable energy, so that it will be an exhibit in itself.
For more information about the Museum and upcoming events, contact Christine Dull at email@example.com.
**RELIEF WORK IN INDONESIA
The work for peace takes on many forms around the world. Here are some updates from other peace organizations about their relief work in Indonesia in the months since the tsunami hit in December.
American Friends Service Committee (Quaker) continues to respond to the aftermath of the tsunami that left more than 500,000 injured and 5,000,000 without shelter. Working with partners on the ground, the Service Committee is concentrating its efforts on Indonesia's Aceh Province in northern Sumatra where more than 79,000 people died. The situation in Aceh is complicated because most medical facilities were destroyed and there is only one air strip.
AFSC has had a presence and contacts in Indonesia for more than 35 years through its peace building efforts and international conferences and seminars. Aceh Province, with a population of 4.4 million, is a particularly good fit for AFSC's expertise in relief and peace-building.
Donations to AFSC for this relief work can be made online at www.donatefast.com/donate.cfm?id=afcrisis, by phone at 1-888-588-2372, or by mail (marked AFSC/Crisis Fund) to: AFSC Development, 1501 Cherry St., Philadelphia, PA 19102.
The AFSC is a 501(c)3 organization and all contributions are tax deductible, subject to I.R.S. limitations.
The Right Sharing of World Resources Board of Trustees approved a plan to disburse $38,300 in the districts of Nagapattinam (the area most severely affected by the tsunami), Thiruvallur, and Kanyakumari in the state of Tamil Nadu, India. All funds are being disbursed to non-governmental organizations (NGOs) who are current or recent RSWR partners. The supported projects reflect RSWR?s expertise and ongoing work in support of income-generation via micro-enterprise.
RSWR welcomes additional contributions toward this effort. 100% of all funds raised are being sent directly to support its partner NGOs in Tamil Nadu. Funds received following the current disbursement will be used to extend additional support to these initiatives.
For more information contact Roland Kreager, RSWR, 232 College Avenue, Richmond, IN 47374-5360, 765/983-1879, firstname.lastname@example.org, or via the RSWR website at www.rswr.org.
**NEW AV RESOURCES
Hibakusha: At the End of the World (2003, 1 hour and 55 minutes) considers the use of depleted uranium ammunition to be a turning point as significant as the nuclear bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The film carefully conveys the voices of the Iraqi, American, and Japanese radiation victims. It shows how their health, life, and livelihood was damaged, not by their participation in a war, but by exposure that came unnoticed, in the course of their daily lives.
Mighty Times: The Children?s March (2003, 40 minutes) tells the story of how the young people of Birmingham, Alabama, braved fire hoses and police dogs in 1963 and brought segregation to its knees. The video comes with a teaching kit that includes additional literature and class plans written to fit national education standards.
My Knees Were Jumping: Remembering the Kindertransports (2003, 1 hour and 17 minutes) is the first feature-length documentary to tell the heart-wrenching story of the Kindertransport, Jewish children seeking refuge from Nazi persecution during World War II. A powerful account of this astonishing slice of Holocaust history, it is told with poignant intimacy by the daughter of a survivor.
A Place at the Table: Struggles for Equality in America (2003, 40 minutes) is a new documentary film exploring the historical struggle for quality through the eyes of today?s young people. The kit includes a 144-page publication designed to supplement U.S. history textbooks, and a teachers guide.
Rhapsody in August (1991, 1 hour and 47 minutes, Japanese with English subtitles) is set in the countryside surrounding Nagasaki. The saga traces the reaction of a Japanese family once torn apart by war and now facing personal demons brought on by their first contact with an American cousin.
To borrow any of these videos, or any others in our collection, please contact the PRC.
Daylong symposium on bullying prevention in Columbus, sponsored by the Ohio Commission on Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management, on May 12. For information, call (614)644-9275 or visit www.disputeresolution.
2nd National Conference of Minority Professionals in Alternative Dispute Resolution in Columbus, Ohio, in May. Visit www.law.capital.edu/adr for more information.
"Hiroshima and Nagasaki for College Teachers" June 27 - July 1, 2005. Details at http://titan.iwu.edu/~physics/Hiroshima.html
Fellowship of Reconciliation 20 hour nonviolence training for personal and social change will be the weekend of April 1 - 3, 2005 at the Riverside Church, 91 Claremont Ave., New York. Call 845/358-4601 x 26 for more information.
The Golden State of ADR: 7th Annual ABA Section of Dispute Resolution Conference, April 14-16, Los Angeles, California. Visit www.abanet.org/dispute for more information.
EarthSpirit Rising: A Conference on Ecology, Spirituality, and Community, will be held July 8 through 10 at Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio. Speakers include Winona LaDuke and Paula Gonzalez, Westheimer Peace Symposium alumnae. For more information, call 513/921-5124 or visit www.earthspiritrising.org.
**DONOR DONOR REPORT - 30 OCTOBER 2004 THROUGH 16 MARCH 2005
As always, we appreciate the generosity and support of our donors!
Bob and Leuola Beck
Hara Anne Bouganim
Wallace and Stella Collett
Stanley and Patricia Dienst
John and Yasuko Dower
Ruth Esther Durham
James and Anne Ellis
Charles and Helen Ellison
Larry and Lenna Mae Gara
Beth Ann Gehres
Keith and Jeanette Gerritz
Anthony and Marilyn Hinrichs
Samuel and Margaret Johnson
Paul and Catherine Knoop
Thomas and Maureen Menacher
Michael and Rosie Neyhouse
Timothy and Teresa O?Connell
Verda Mae Peters
Art and Kathy Springsteen
Mary Elizabeth Stanfield
Jared and Sasha Sullivan
Mary Rose Zink
Cincinnati Monthly Meeting of Friends
Dayton Friends Meeting
Eclipse Consulting and Educational Services, Inc.
Wilmington Board of Education
Wilmington Friends Meeting
**RESOURCES NEWS FROM OTHER PLACES
"Why first year teachers want CRE skills," a survey by the Ohio Commission on Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management and Kent State University's Bureau of Research Training and Services, can be viewed at www.disputeresolution.ohio.gov/schools.htm.
Teaching and Learning Peace Foundation?s October-December 2004 newsletter is available online at www.tlpeace.org.au/newsletter.htm
Conciliation Resources' Accord Programme has just published a report of the 2004 joint analysis workshop: "Engaging armed groups in peace processes." The full text is available free online at www.c-r.org/accord/ansa/index.shtml. They also have "From military peace to social justice? The Angolan peace process" available at www.c-r.org/accord/ang/accord15. Both reports can be ordered in print at www.c-r.org/accord.
The Friends Committee on National Legislation has up-to-date information on current events in Washington, including the nomination of John Bolton as the US ambassador to the United Nations. FCNL is also working to get Congress to pass a resolution stating clearly that the U.S. has no imperial ambitions in Iraq. Read more at www.fcnl.org.
Bullying ? Is it part of growing up, or part of school violence? This article is available at www.healthinschools.org/focus/2004/no2.htm.
The mission of the Narrow Ridge Earth Literacy Center in Washburn, Tennessee, is to provide experiential learning of Earth Literacy based on the cornerstones of spirituality, sustainability, and community. For more information, visit www.narrowridge.org.
Today is Not a Good Day for War is a remarkable collection of peace poems that spans a period of more than 35 years. It is available from the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation at www.wagingpeace.org.
Tips for Adults Who Care About Kids are available at http://ncadi.samhsa.gov/promos/backtoschool/.
A new video, "The Nonviolent Peaceforce", is available at www.nonviolentpeaceforce.org/english/resources/NPvideo.asp.
**PEACE PEACE RELATED WEB SITES
Education Commission of the States Issue Site features quick facts, research summaries, policy trends, and promising programs on information on bullying. Visit www.ecs.org/00CN2211.
American Friends Service Committee website has a 2-minute movie about the war in Iraq. Visit www.afsc.org/iraq//.
Free tools for working with, and learning from, conflict in higher education. Visit www.campus-adr.org.
Visit http://decade-culture-of-peace.org, and enter information for the peace organization you belong to. This group is hoping to get input from thousands of organizations (local, national, and international) around the world that continue to work on one or more components of the culture of peace.
Peace Jukebox is playing hours of anti-war music for free at www.peace-not-war.org.
Join in a global effort to bring peace to the world. Visit the World Peace Treaty at www.theworldpeacetreaty.org.
Berkeley War Crimes Studies Center is a research and documentation center that promotes and disseminates war crimes research, and houses a large archive of war crimes related documents dating from World War II to the present. Visit http://socrates.berkeley.edu/~warcrime/.
"Is Iran Next? The US, Iran, and Nuclear Proliferation." Visit www.transnational.org/features/2005/Coll_IranNext.html.
Burundi's Peace Struggle: Story of Hope Out of Africa. Visit www.transnational.org/features/2005/Coll_Burundi_2.05.html.
2005 International Walk for Peace, Justice and Freedom. Visit www.saltmarch.org.in/2005.html for more information.
**BOOK BOOK OF THE MONTH CLUB
MARCH is Women?s History Month. Celebrate by learning more about Rosa Parks (by Kai Friese, 1990, regular-size paperback). This is one of nine volumes in The History of the Civil Rights Movement, a series providing vivid and faithful accounts of the lives and times of African-American leaders in the struggle for dignity and equality. Regularly $7.95, on sale in March for only $5.96!
APRIL includes the celebration of Earth Day. Share the importance of preserving our environment with children young and old with The Lorax (by Dr. Seuss, 1971, oversize hardback), a cautionary environmental tale, full of bright and colorful illustrations. Regularly $14.95, on sale in April for only $11.21!
MAY could find you with a summer full of possibilities to share with your children, grandchildren, neighbors, and friends. Why not do something creative and peaceful? The Young Peacemakers Project Book (by Kathleen Fry-Miller and Judith Myers-Walls, 1988, oversize paperback) is full of ideas. Regularly $14.95, on sale in May for only $11.21!
JUNE means a break for teachers ?a nd what better time to start planning for a new school year? The Friendly Classroom for a Small Planet (by Priscilla Prutzman, Lee Stern, M. Leonard Burger, and Gretchen Bodenhamer, 1988, oversize paperback) is a handbook on creative approaches to problem solving for children. Regularly $18.95, on sale in June for only $14.21!
Shipping and handling fees will vary. 7% sales tax will be applied for all Ohio residents. To place an order, or for more information, contact the PRC.
Due to technical difficulties, the hard copy of this issue of the newsletter was delayed. Because of that, the March and April "Book of the Month Club" specials will be extended through the end of May.
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