Peace conference is this weekend

Peace House and the Psychology Club of Southern Oregon University will provide a smorgasbord of offerings at the Unite For Peace Conference in the Rogue River Room in the Stevenson Union at SOU Friday, Feb. 29, and Saturday, March 1.

The conference offers talks by nationally recognized speakers, 20 workshop presentations and three symposiums on the SOU campus.

Workshop topics run from finding inner peace to "The Iraqi Refugee Crisis," from "Social Responsible Investing" to the Harvard Negotiation Project on having difficult conversations, from "Peace Building through a Business World Shift" to Dr. Brian and Jehnna Lewis and their daughters sharing the experience of having a son and brother in Iraq.

"We believe it is time to come together to think about what peace is, where is it and how do we obtain it for our lives and for our world," said conference organizer Sally McKirgan.

Dr. Jean Houston, a nationally recognized scholar, philosopher, author and researcher will give the keynote presentation on "Mind Change: World Change &

Consciousness, Human Capacities and the Creation of New Societies" on Friday, Feb. 29, at 7:30 p.m.

The evening program will also include the Rogue Valley Peace Choir performing their message of hope and peace under the direction of Dave Marston.

Whistling Elk Drum Circle will open Saturday's events with a blessing, and SOU President Mary Cullinan will welcome conference attendees.

At 9:30 a.m., Russy D. Sumariwalla, President of the Southern Oregon chapter of the United Nations Association of the USA, will speak on "The Price of Peace, Peace Making, Peace Keeping and Peace Building" under the United Nations auspices.

In the afternoon, Dr. Patricia Kyle, SOU associate professor of psychology, will present "Peace Begins In The Home." Rep. Peter Buckley and Ashland Mayor John Morrison will also address the conference.

Saturday will have four concurrent sessions: two in the morning and two in the afternoon with more than 20 presenters. The day will also include three symposiums: "World's Religions: Interfaith Voices for Peace," "Health Care Initiatives for Social Justice: A Rogue Valley Perspective" and "Conscientious Objectors For Peace."

Participants are asked to bring a brown bag lunch. Morning refreshments and afternoon snacks will be provided. Free parking is available in the lot across from the SOU Recital Hall on Mountain Avenue.

Tickets for both Friday and Saturday are $20 for adults and $5 for students (with ID). Admission for just the Friday night keynote address $10 in advance and $15 at door.

Tickets can be bought in advance at the Bookwagon, Music Coop, Soundpeace and the Northwest Nature Shop.

For more information, contact the Peace House at 482-9625 or visit the Web site at .

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