Newark, NJ (February 2, 2011) – His Holiness the Dalai Lama reportedly will attend a major peacemaking summit this spring in Newark, New Jersey.
The three-day The Newark Peace Education Summit will be held May 13-15, 2011, and is organized by the Tibet House US and the Drew A. Katz Foundation. It will examine peacemaking for individuals, communities and nations. His Holiness the Dalai Lama XIV will serve as a keynote speaker, and Nobel Laureate Shirin Ebadi will participate.
Newark Mayor Cory Booker, Buddhist author and scholar Robert Thurman and New Jersey-based philanthropist Drew Katz made the announcement in at a Wednesday press conference.
Inspired by the teachings and practices of peace leaders such as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Mahatma Gandhi, The Newark Peace Education Summit will highlight peacemaking as a way for individuals, communities and nations to resolve conflicts and problems. Through panels and workshops, the Summit will present Nobel laureates, civic leaders, organizations, scholars and activists, from both Newark and around the country and world, who have used peace and nonviolence to educate youth, to create safer neighborhoods and more satisfying and fulfilling lives for countless people.
Robert Thurman is the founder of the Tibet House US and one of the leading American scholars of Buddhism and Tibetan culture. He is the author of numerous books on Buddhism and Tibet, and, under the tutelage of the Dalai Lama, became the first American to be ordained a Tibetan Buddhist monk.
Drew Katz is CEO of Interstate Outdoor Advertising and established the Drew A. Katz Foundation to support 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.
Find out more about the summit online at www.newarkpeace.org.