A Time for Peace: Valencia College to Host Peace Week Events, Films

Monday, September 16, 2019

Orlando, FL – At a time when Americans seem more divided than ever, Valencia College will hold its annual Global Peace Week celebration Sept. 21-26.

Each September, Valencia College’s Peace and Justice Institute celebrates International Day of Peace with Global Peace Week festivities and events including peace education, films, workshops, meditation, yoga, music, arts and crafts, and more.

Highlights of the week’s events include:

  • Peace Day in the Park, a celebration of the United Nations’ International Day of Peace, with activities for all ages and the annual Human Peace Sign photograph. Saturday, Sept. 21, 9 a.m. to noon, Central Park in Winter Park
  • “My Values, Your Values, Whose Values,” a workshop in which participants will examine how their values are shaped and how those values guide them in life. Monday, Sept. 23, 1 to 2:15 p.m., Valencia College’s West Campus, Health Sciences Building, room 105.
  •  LGBTQ+ Film Screening and Panel Discussion: “For the Bible Tells Me So” will be shown on Tuesday, Sept. 24 at 6 p.m. at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, 4851 S. Apopka-Vineland Road, Orlando. Register at http://bit.ly./ForTheBible
  • LGBTQ+ Film Screening and Panel Discussion: “For They Know Not What They Do” will be shown on Thursday, Sept. 26, at 6 p.m. at Valencia College’s East Campus, Building 8, Room 101.
  • Discussion on Immigration and DACA: Facilitated by Orlando immigration attorney Nayef Mubarak, the workshop will focus on current immigration issues and audience questions. Tuesday, Sept. 24, 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Valencia College West Campus, HSB, room 105.
  • “Kaepernick and the National Anthem,” This workshop will examine how Colin Kaepernick’s actions launched a new chapter on peaceful protest. Wednesday, Sept. 25, 10-11:15 a.m., Valencia College West Campus, HSB 105. The same workshop will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 25, from 1-2:15 p.m. on East Campus, in Building 8, room 101.
  • Film Screening and Panel Discussion: “Marching Forward,” a documentary about how two high-school band directors, from Orlando’s Jones High School and Edgewater High School, used music to unite a segregated community in the 1960s. Wednesday, Sept. 25, 6-10 p.m., Valencia College East Campus, School of Arts and Entertainment Building, Dolby Theater.
  • Outdoor Qigong: Moving Meditation: Learn how to use this form of “moving meditation,” which combines mindful meditation with rhythmic physical movements to focus and center the mind.  Thursday, Sept. 26, 8:30-9:45 a.m., East Campus, Building 8, room 101.
  • Film Screening: “Resilience: The Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope,” a one-hour documentary that delves into the science of Adverse Childhood Experiences and the birth of a new movement to treat and prevent toxic stress. Thursday, Sept. 26, 10 a.m., Lake Nona Campus, room 148.
  • Semitic Script Calligraphy: Arabic & Hebrew: Explore the intricacies and origins of one of the earliest known alphabets. Thursday, Sept. 26, 10-11:15 a.m., East Campus, Building 8, room 101.
  • “The Vexing Issue of Forgiveness”: This session explores how forgiveness touches everyone’s life, from personal issues to international conflict. Thursday, Sept. 26, 11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m., Winter Park Campus, room 237.

Click here for more information and a complete schedule of events for Global Peace Week.

Valencia’s East Campus is located at 701 N. Econlockhatchee Trail, Orlando. Valencia’s West Campus is located at 1800 S. Kirkman Dr., Orlando. Valencia’s Lake Nona Campus is located at  12350 Narcoossee Road, Orlando. Valencia’s Winter Park Campus is located at 850 W. Morse Blvd., Winter Park.

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