Panel Discussion

The culture of peace and harmony

A dynamic panel discussion on “The Culture of Peace & Harmony” will explore various ways in which all elements of our society can experience unity. An interactive panel discussion on ‘Peace & Harmony’ will focus on various ways in which different elements of our society can address the meaning of peace and experience the fullness of life…a universal heritage that we all cherish.

A renowned panel of distinguished guests, and students from our high schools and colleges will profile and examine peace and harmony with a community focus. The discussion will be led by distinguished guests who have considerable experience in the areas of peace and/or conflict resolution in interpersonal and inter-group relationships, organizations and communities.

Among our distinguished guests is:

Jerome McDonnell, host of Chicago Public Radio’s, Worldview. Daily, Jerome provides global affairs coverage of world issues with in-depth conversations on international issues and their local impact. Jerome has a Peter Lisagor award and has been awarded by the Illinois Broadcasters’ Association for “Best Public Affairs Program in a Series.”

The panel will also include a student representative from each of Naperville’s four High schools, and from North Central College. [Children and youth are a very important part of the entire Celebration; their perspectives, contributions and active participation are vital].

The panel will explore the meaning and experience of peace along three dimensions…..peace on a personal level; peace among all of us within our close environment, and its presence throughout the Universe. This intricately woven fabric forms a tapestry of peace and harmony ….one that cherishes and nurtures genuine regard, dignity and love for all. With input from panel members as well as participants, this interactive dialogue will explore areas of hope, opportunity and concern. In our increasingly globalized and interdependent world, the journey that we make must reflect the best of what our ancestors have left us and our hopes and dreams for our future.

Michael Terrien, CEO and founder of Play for Peace, will serve as the moderator for the evening. Play for Peace is a nonprofit organization devoted to bringing together children, youth and organizations from communities in conflict, using cooperative play to create laughter, compassion and peace. The organization works for social change by eliminating the emotional and social barriers between antagonistic ethnic, religious, and racial groups.