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WAR & PEACE: Examining the Culture of Violence

September 26, 2007
Press Release

Rep. John Lewis CBC Issue Forum 

Thursday, September 27th from 1:00 - 2:50 p.m. at the Washington, DC Convention Center in Room 144-BC, Rep. John Lewis will engage a group of experts to discuss the role of violence in American culture.  Are there times when violence is presented as an acceptable way to resolve human differences in American culture?  If so, what are the psycho-social costs of the normalization of violence in our society?  Do we perceive the power of peace as an agent of social, political, and diplomatic transformation?  Rep. Lewis will engage the panel on these and other issues about the price of war and the power of peace.

"During the sixties," said Rep. Lewis, "the power of love and the power of peace were seen as agents of change in America.  And because of that commitment to peaceful ends through peaceful means, this nation witnessed a non-violent revolution under the rule of law, a revolution of values and ideas.  As Americans seek transformation of the current political landscape and examine the impact of pre-emptive war, we can see the cost of violent transformation more clearly and make room to consider the power, the advantages, and the techniques of peaceful change."



  • Martin Luther King III, President & CEO, Realizing the Dream
  • Beverly Caffee Glenn, Executive Director, Hamilton Fish Institute at George Washington University
  • Tracy McDaniel, Founder and Director of KIPP: Reach College Preparatory
  • Tarak Abuata, Palestine Support Coordinator for the Christian Peacemaker Teams and the Director of Love Thy Neighbor
  • Facilitator: John Rich, Chair, Department of Health Management and Policy, Drexel University