Parents, Teachers, Alumni, and Friends joined together for the 6th Annual Kenyon Bissell Grogan Symposium, Initiatives For Global Peace. Keynote speaker, Dr. Paul Beran, Director of Outreach, Center for Middle Eastern Studies at Harvard University gave a talk entitled, "Engaging the 21st Century Middle East Region." He spoke to students about how land and resources are divided and the conflicts this causes. He challenged students saying, "Part of your job as you grow and develop as professionals is how are you going to help people..." who are less fortunate than you, to improve their lives? He impressed upon students that their skills are going to be needed to solve world problems in relation to economics, health, and other areas.
Workshop Presenters included
· Sheera Bornstein, Brimmer and May Gradutate, Class of 2003
Seeds of Peace, a camp for teenagers from Israel, Palestine, Egypt, Pakistan, India, and Afghanistan
Empowering Young Leaders
· Dr. Sung-Yoon Lee
Fletcher School, Tufts University
North Korea and the Question of Peace in the Korean Peninsula
Liza Cowan, Co-Director, and Schulyer Melender
Circle of Women
Effecting Global Change by Building Schools for Girls in Afganistan, Pakistan, and Bengladesh
Rachel Glickel Bennett, Brimmer and May Graduate, 2000
Peace Corps, Gambia, West Africa, Education Volunteer 2006-2008
Robert Spurrier, Brimmer and May School History Teacher and Co-Chair of Humanities Department
Creating The Peace Corps 50 Years Ago: From Ideas to Actions
Founder, Chairman, and Chief Academic Officer, American Higher Education, Inc.
Can There Be Peace in and with the Middle East-This Century?
Director of Consulting and Training, Teen Empowerment
The Truth From Youth
Facing History and Ourselves, Senior Project Manager
Former Director of the Corrymeela Peace Center in Northern Ireland
Initiatives for Peace and Reconciliation in Northern Ireland