Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Capitol Area Association for Peace Studies Conference

This past Saturday, volunteers Anna, Kendra and Rachel attended and presented at the 24th Annual Capital Area Association for Peace Studies (CAAPS). One of the highlights was seeing Daryn Cambridge, the director of Knowledge and Digital Studies at the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict and professor at American University give his keynote address at the conference. He talked about his experience at various peace organizations and different and unique strategies on how to approach peaceful change. One of the most interesting suggestions Cambridge had for lasting peace was the use of humor to make a point. After this we had the chance to view and discuss DC area student’s projects and ideas on peace. For our presentation, we talked about why LFFP is unique among a sea of other after school programs because of its unique emphasis on peace. We also demonstrated LFFP traditions like the peace pledge and check in while we shared our philosophy on teaching peace at an early age. Overall, the conference was a lot of fun and a great way to get LFFP’s name out to a community of students concerned with peace.

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