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Fifth Annual Conference on Peace and Justice at SUNY Plattsburgh

PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. (Sept. 23, 2008) - "Instruments of Peace," a one-day peace and justice conference that was initiated by Dr. Marilyn Nelson, an associate professor of childhood education, will be held on Thursday, Sept. 25, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. in the Alumni Conference Room in SUNY Plattsburgh's Angell College Center. Co-sponsored by the Women's Studies Department, this year's conference theme is "Gender, Race and Social Justice."

"The conference offers a blend of local and national speakers and is designed to foster a commitment to peace and justice on campus and in the community," Nelson said.

"This conference has grown every year," noted Nelson. "We hope to expand it into a two-day event by next year."

"The focus on the relationship between gender, race and social justice is very important," added Dr. Simona Sharoni, chair of the college's Women's Studies Department. "It helps define 'peace' not merely as the absence of war, but also as the eradication of sexism, racism and other forms of oppression and inequality. Five weeks before the elections, the conference offers participants an opportunity to critically examine the current state of the world and to examine non-violent strategies to transform it."

The conference is free and open to the public. For more information call Sharoni at: 564-3026 or email her at [email protected].

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