“What is Peace?” Panel Discussion

September 21, 2008

Global Peace Film Festival Executive Director Nina Streich cites creating a dialogue about peace as one of the fundamental objectives of the Global Peace Film Festival. One of the many ways in which that dialogue is created during the festival is through panel discussions. Through these discussions, Rollins students and other audience members have the unique opportunity to not only view the films, but also to voice their opinions and contribute to the festival.

The “What is Peace?” panel, which was held on Wednesday, September 16, served as an introduction to the dialogue about peace. The panelists included President of Friends of the United Nations Noel Brown, Rusudan Grigolia of the United Nations Association, Rollins student Fay Pappas, Director of Multicultural Affairs Mahjabeen Rafiuddin, Professor of Economics Eric Schutz, and Visiting Instructor of Critical Media and Cultural Studies Kristin Shamas. The panel was facilitated by Professor of Graduate Studies in Counseling Kathryn Norsworthy.

The hour-long panel gave the panelists and the audience members a chance to discuss the issue of defining peace and justice, as well as what peace is going to mean for future generations. The question, “What is peace?” solicited varying responses from all of the panelists. The topics of religion, politics, peaceful protests, current news and global struggles were broached by the panelists. After the panelists spoke, the audience members had a chance to join in the discussion. The entire event was filmed by students from Full Sail University.

The “What Is Peace?” panel was the first of several panels were featured during the Global Peace Film Festival including: “Films That Make a Difference,” “Peace Pitches – Works in Progress,” “Media Day of Dialogue” and “Action on the Environment.”

By Elizabeth Rodgers (Class of 2011)

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