Daily Updates: Saturday, September 02, 2006 – Afternoon Session

For the afternoon session, more than 100 students gathered at the Hiroshima International Convention Center, along with other participants of the conference, to hear 1997 Nobel Peace Laureate Jody William’s message of peace.

Japanese students asked questions in regards to education of peace and discussed the politics and processes of spreading peace across the world. They also discussed the differences of youth consciousness in Hiroshima versus other parts of Japan and the world.

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  1. Jeniffer Herrera
    Posted September 2, 2006 at 9:23 pm | Permalink

    Taking the young people of the world and putting them in a room with two powerful womensuch as Jody William and Shirin Ebadi is the perfect recipe for honesty. The Japanese students were not shy in asking questions that some may not dare to do so. And the answers were just as daring full with hope. The innocence of the students helps bring topics to the table in regards to education and a just and sustainable peace. We all are seeking answers to questions regarding stability, but there are so many obstacles which we must over come. Together, in settings similar to this one solutions will emerge.

  2. Jeniffer Herrera
    Posted September 6, 2006 at 7:58 pm | Permalink

    Now that I am back in the states I can fully appreciate all the lessons learned at the Peace Conference. I have come back with a different mindset and a vision. A vision to change the world. I may be one , but during this conference I realized it only takes one to make a change. Understanding culture, not just on a national level, but on a global one as well… is priceless. Education and language are key factos in making the changes that will lead to a culture of peace. A friend recently told me that it takes an idea… just a thought to start the ball rolling. And when one has the support needed in order to make these positive changes in our global community, there is nothing that can take that vision of peace away. CUNY is a very big network, and we make a difference! Lehman College has planted a seed that I will make sure blooms. With that said… I will start with one word “CHANGE.”

  3. Maria
    Posted September 11, 2006 at 11:32 pm | Permalink


    Though we had a chance to briefly talk about your ideas for peace in Hiroshima, we didn’t have much time to continue to develop our vision. We were just too busy. But I am glad to see you are following up on it and you actually plan to implement it. Yes, the conference educated us all a bit more about cultures and about the importance of language for dialogue and therefore for peace. Our challenge now will be to make people see what many times they refuse to see. Once they see, not only the bad of the world, but also how good things could be without violence and terror, then we will be able to CHANGE something…

    Welcome back. Japan was great… now we have some work to do here in America.

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