Sidore Lecture Series presents David Adams, Key Figure in Culture of Peace Movement

October 22nd, 2010 by Adam


Plymouth, N.H.–The Saul O Sidore Lecture Series at Plymouth State University will present David Adams, speaking on “A Better World is Possible: International Education and the Culture of Peace” at the Silver Center for the Arts Monday, October 25 at 7 p.m.

This year’s Sidore Lecture Series focuses on developing solutions to some of the world’s most vexing issues. Too often the media emphasize bad news, promoting a feeling of hopelessness and helplessness in people that can discourage them from trying to make a difference. The speakers in this year’s lecture series seek to inspire audiences to find ways to become involved and effect change to help make a better world for us all.

Adams is a key figure in the culture of peace movement. A research psychologist, Adams’s interest in the causes of human aggression led him to his pioneering work on anger and aggression and the human brain in the 1960s and 1970s.

Following a 23-year career as Professor of Psychology at Wesleyan University, Adams spent more than a decade at UNESCO, developing national culture of peace projects, researching and developing the culture of peace concept and training in peace-building and conflict resolution.

Now retired, Adams travels the world working with youth and promoting the culture of peace. He has authored several papers and books, including The History of the Culture of War, World Peace through the Town Hall, and I Have Seen the Promised Land: A Utopian Novella.

Adams says that since the development and evolution of the state system more than 5,000 years ago, human culture and society has based itself upon the culture of war that permeates all aspects of our contemporary lifestyle and culture. Preparing for and transitioning from a culture of war to a culture of peace will require youth to play a critical role. The challenges of such a transition will be discussed as well as current culture of peace initiatives around the world.

Free tickets for the discussion are available at the Silver Center Box Office, (603) 535-ARTS.

The next speaker in the series will be writer, director, actor, comedian and songwriter Stuart Davis, Monday, November 15 at 7 p.m. Davis will speak on “Deity Freak: Sacred Comedy for Profane Sensibilities,” a talk that is recommended for mature audiences.

The Saul O Sidore Lecture series was established at PSU in 1979 to bring a variety of speakers to the University each year to address the critical political, social and cultural issues and events of our time. For information contact Professor Mark Fischler, mjfischler@plymouth.edu or log on to plymouth.edu/sidore.

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