Presentation on Nonviolence Training and Education
with Arthur Romano
Presented by Hoos for Israel and the Middle Eastern Leadership Council
Date:Monday, January 24, 2011
Time: auditorium of the Mary and David Harrison Institute for American History, Literature, and Culture and the Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library
At the age of 21, Arthur Romano dedicated his life to organizing and supporting peace related events and campaigns in the US and in other parts of the world.
Since that time, he has worked to increase communication in various concerned communities and strengthen action-oriented networks in addressing social justice related issues.
In 1999, at the age of twenty four, Arthur founded Youth for Peace, an Internet based program that provided an opportunity for young people in various part of the world to share inspiration and information related to their own community projects. He went on to work with an array of non-governmental organizations (NGO's) and has collaborated with the Information Department of the United Nations to promote the International Day of Peace and the Gandhi-King Season for Nonviolence.
In the days following the violence of September 11th, Arthur joined with a group of concerned citizens to counteract the narrowing national debate and increasing calls for retaliatory measures in response to those attacks. The World Peace Walk resulted with members walking more than three hundred miles from the former site of the World Trade Towers to the Pentagon meeting with people along the way and providing a space for communities to grieve and explore the possibilities for nonviolent responses to these acts of hatred.
In the US, Arthur has continued to work to further cross-cultural and interfaith understanding, including efforts to promote dialogue between Americans and people from abroad with focused interest on increasing direct face-to-face diplomacy and exchange.
Most recently, he has worked with Chris Ballance, a member of the Scottish Parliament, to research and create a national peace education database and assist in developing a long-term strategic plan for the creation of a peace education network there. He has just completed an international research and networking trip with visits to the US, Japan and India where he met with interested academics, activists and grass-roots practitioners in exploring the potential effects that education can have on altering, disturbing and changing 'globalization'.
Arthur is currently a World Peace Scholar in England; he holds degrees in Philosophy, Political Science and Conflict Resolution.