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Film director David Lynch to speak at Peace Day on September 26
by Jim Karpen

The Review, Vol. 20, #1    Translate This Article
Fairfield, Iowa, United States
10 September 2004

Award-winning film director David Lynch, former United Nations Assistant Secretary General Robert Muller, and U.S. Peace Government President John Hagelin will be among the speakers at Creating Peace, a daylong event on September 26 being organized by the students of Maharishi University of Management.

Also on the schedule will be Samite of Uganda, the 'sweet-voiced master of the kalimba' who sings in a bright tenor accompanied by his extended family of thumb pianos and percussion instruments.

Open to the public, Creating Peace is attracting many participants from around the region, including members of groups such as Iowans for Peace (which comprises 19 different peace organizations), American Friends Service Committee, Physicians for Social Responsibility, Amnesty International, and Iowa United Nations.

'The Creating Peace conference is a unique peace event that will be uplifting and inspiring because it focuses on solutions and progressive programs in the fields of politics and education,' said organizer Erin Skipper who is a member of the University's student club, Students for Peace. 'We'll be focusing on ways to transform individuals and society.'

Film director David Lynch is a three-time Academy Award nominee, Maharishi University of Management Trustee, and graduate of Maharishi's Enlightenment Training Conference. He has dedicated his life to implementing His Holiness Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's programs for creating peace.

Dr. Muller, Senior Chancellor Emeritus of the United Nations University for Peace, will give the keynote address on Sunday afternoon. He has received numerous awards, including the 1989 UNESCO Peace Education Prize and the 1994 Eleanor Roosevelt Man of Vision Award.

Dr. Hagelin, director of the University's Institute for Science, Technology and Public Policy, will be part of a panel discussion on Sunday morning that will include Mr. Lynch, Dr. Muller, Dr. Sue McGregor, professor and coordinator of the Peace and Conflict Studies program at Mount Saint Vincent University, and Dr. Maureen McCue, adjunct clinical professor at the University of Iowa College of Public Health, and member of the Iowa Chapter of Physicians for Social Responsibility.

A second session on Sunday afternoon will be a panel discussion with Maharishi University of Management students and faculty about the University's unique approach to education, sustainability, and peace.

Mr. Lynch will lead a peace awards ceremony Sunday evening that will include entertainment. He will also talk to the community on Saturday as part of a fundraiser for Students for Peace.

In addition to students, other organizers of Creating Peace include 8,000 Now, the U.S. Peace Government, and the Students Creating Peace Network.

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