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21 September – Oldham Inaugural Peace Day Lecture – Keynote Speaker Vijay Mehta

“PEACE IS POSSIBLE: Wars, terrorism and militarism will not go away unless we make it happen”

Organised by: Oldham Peace to Pledge Forum and Peace Talks Oldham
Date: Thursday, 21st September, 2017
Venue: Performance Space, Gallery Oldham, Oldham Cultural Quarter, Greaves Street, Oldham OL1 1AL
Time: 19:00 – 20:30
Keynote Speaker: Vijay Mehta, Author and Chair, Uniting for Peace

In the inaugural Peace Lecture 2017 at Oldham, Vijay Mehta will explore that the world today is more unstable than the height of the Cold War. With wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, Yemen and Syria simply have not worked and made the world a more dangerous place. War on terror which have driven these wars have not succeeded and its escalation has displaced more people worldwide now than any time in history. The rise of populism, nationalism and racism, has resulted in Trumpism, Brexit and formation of the right wing parties across Europe. History is a witness that these were the causes which were instrumental to 1st and 2nd World War in which 100 million people perished. In this turmoil and chaos around the world, Vijay Mehta will explore how to counteract the onslaught of the culture of militarism and what actions we need to take for building a just, peaceful and sustainable world.

For further information, please contact:

Richard Outram – richard.outram2@oldham.gov.uk
Telephone: 0161 770 4024 | Mobile: 07583 097793

22 September – Peace Works – Exploring Ways of Preventing War

Date: Friday, 22nd September, 2017
Venue: University of Bradford, Department of Peace Studies | Time: TBC
Keynote Speakers: Vijay Mehta, Author and Chair, Uniting for Peace

In his talk at the University of Bradford, Department of Peace Studies, Vijay Mehta will challenge the students to examine if humanity can exist without war. Can we create effective, democratic and judicial procedures at the local, national and supranational level, the development of values and symbols that not only sustain peace and justice for all but also relegate the institution of war, like slavery before it, to the pages of history.

There are 1.8 billion youth worldwide. It is for the youth to take their destiny in their own hands to take critical decisions that will affect them and have a real influence in their world for creating peace and development. The youth of today should understand national and world events and then counteract the present status quo of war and militarism.

Can youth forge alliances to create global peace systems which can abolish war forever? The opportunity for youth of today are huge to participate in peacebuilding with the help of internet and social media. In the chaos and turmoil around the world today, Vijay Mehta will provide fresh perspective for ending the cycle of violence and war and put forward new ideas  which can be heard, integrated and acted upon at all levels of society for building a just, peaceful and sustainable world.

For further information, please contact: Fiona Macaulay, Senior Lecturer, Peace Studies and International Development, University of Bradford

Email – f.macaulay@bradford.ac.uk

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