Newark Peace Education Summit

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Welcome to Three Days of Peace

The Newark Peace Education Summit is a three day conference focusing on peacemaking practices from around the world. It featured panels and workshops with His Holiness the XIVth Dalai Lama, Newark Mayor Cory Booker, Somaly Mam, Nobel Laureates and peace advocates from a wide cross section of cultures, disciplines and perspectives.

Newark Peace Education Summit   

The summit explored the programs, policies, and methods used by communities to establish peace, why and how they work, and how to replicate them in America and around the world. The event was held at the NJPAC (New Jersey Performing Arts Center) in Newark, New Jersey, May 13-15, 2011.    


   Day 1    Day 2    Day 3

Friday, May 13

9:00am – 10:40am    
Peace Within Panel

10:45am – 12:15pm  
Peace Workshops I

12:15pm – 1:30pm  Lunch
Peace in the Home Panel
Peace Workshops II

Saturday, May 14

9:00 am – 10:30am
Peace in Education Panel
10:35am – 12:05pm
Peace Workshops III
12:05pm – 1:30pm  Lunch
1:30pm – 3:00pm
Peace in the Community Panel
3:00pm – 4:30pm
Nobel Peace Laureates Keynote Presentation

Sunday, May 15

9:00am – 11:00am
Peace in the World Panel
11:05am – 12:35pm
Peace Workshops IV
12:35pm – 2:00pm  Lunch
2:00pm – 4:00pm
Peace With the Planet Panel

From Honorary Summit Host
Mayor Cory Booker
     From Robert A.F. Thurman
     Summit Co-Convener
    From Drew A. Katz Summit

bookerThis moment in Newark holds a once in a generation opportunity for authentic education reform. Recognizing this, our residents are contributing their wisdom by taking part in the most comprehensive community outreach and engagement plan in this City’s history. We are in the midst of an education game-changer thanks to the generosity of several philanthropists and a community demanding change, and we’re pursuing the input of every single resident as we seek to transform our school system. All too often, school systems are mired in mediocrity thanks largely to contentious relationships - battles are waged between superintendents, school boards, unions, public schools, and charter schools.


robert thurmanWelcome one and all to the Newark Peace Education Summit lead by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and fellow Nobel Peace Laureates Shirin Ebadi and Jody Williams. His Holiness is consistently ranked by international polls among the top ten most popular leaders in the world, even though he has lived in exile for over fifty years. His popularity may be due to the fact that, though he is a humble man without a country, he speaks the truth to the armed power of most world leaders that violence only begets violence. Force can never bring true peace, true peace is founded on justice and compassion, outer peace can only come from inner peace, inner peace can only come through understanding, and  understanding can arise only from realistic, spiritual, and ethical education.


Drew A. KatzI have spent a great deal of my life living, working and attending school in and around some of the largest cities in the country—New York, Washington, DC, Philadelphia, Newark, East Palo Alto, California and Camden, New Jersey. They all share one common thread: urban violence. As a lawstudent, I worked for the Defender Association of Philadelphia and in the U.S. Attorney’s office in Newark; through our clients, I became acquainted with this violence on both sides of our criminal justice system. Whether they were a victim or alleged offender, the look in their eyes was the same—utter desperation. Although their circumstances could be depressing, frightening and demoralizing, not once did I sense a complete absence of hope.


panels and workshops topics

  DAY 1 PANELS & WORKSHOP                DAY 2 PANELS & WORKSHOP                DAY 3 PANELS & WORKSHOP  


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Tibet House US

TIBET HOUSE US is dedicated to preserving Tibet's unique culture at a time when it is confronted with extinction on its own soil. By presenting Tibetan civilization and its profound wisdom, beauty, and special art of freedom to the people of the world, we hope to inspire others to join the effort to protect and save it. Tibet House US is part of a worldwide network of Tibetan institutions committed to ensuring that the light of the Tibetan spirit never disappears from the face of this earth.

Patron's Vision

Tibet House US was founded at the request of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, who at the inauguration in 1987 stated his wish for a long-term cultural institution to ensure the survival of Tibetan civilization and culture, whatever the political destiny of the six million people of Tibet itself.

"I feel that Tibetan culture with its unique heritage born of the efforts of many human beings of good spirit, of its contacts with Mongolian, Chinese, Indian, Nepalese and Persian culture, and of its natural environment has developed a kind of energy which is very helpful for cultivating peace of mind and a joyful life.

I feel that there is a potential for Tibet to help humanity, and particularly our Eastern neighbor, where millions of young Chinese have lost their spiritual values. In this way, I feel very strongly that Tibetan culture will have a role to play in the future of humanity."

- His Holiness the Dalai Lama


Drew A. Katz FoundationDrew Katz created his Foundation as a vehicle to support causes near to his heart. The Drew A. Katz Foundation is dedicated to supporting programs and organizations that provide a direct and measurable benefit in many challenging areas including but not limited to organizations addressing medical, educational, social, emotional, and cultural needs of those less fortunate. Since its inception in 2003, the foundation has contributed in excess of $1,000,000 to over 225 non-profit organizations. Drew A. Katz, founder of The Drew A. Katz Foundation, began the groundwork to bring together Tibet House US, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, and the Honorable Mayor Cory Booker to replicate The Peacemaking Summit in the City of Newark, New Jersey. 

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