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Pacifica Graduate Institute Announces Public Forum: ‘Pondering Peace’

Pacifica Graduate Institute Alumni Relations, in partnership with other community organizations, is preparing to host “Pondering Peace in a World of Turmoil,” one of the largest community peace forums to be held in Santa Barbara County.

The free and open to the public event will take place at Pacific Graduate Institute’s Ladera Lane Campus, 801 Ladera Lane in Santa Barbara.

Beginning Friday, Sept. 9, through Sunday, Sept. 11, 2016, local families, community members, city officials, artists, spiritual leaders, renowned theorists and PGIAA alumni will gather to encourage, inspire and plan steps toward peace during these turbulent times.

Dr. Stephen Aizenstat, founding president and chancellor, staid, “Pacifica, as the global touchstone in the field of depth psychology, must contribute her voice to the national dialog. I believe that what we offer will benefit from our first looking inside our own personal experience, community engagement, and institutional practices. I know that this is the more challenging way to proceed, yet, this process lives at the heart of our tradition. We are part of a lineage where mindful self-inquiry companions personal and social action.” 

Developed and organized by Pacific Graduate Institute’s Office of Alumni Relations, “Pondering Peace in a World of Turmoil” is a three-day family-friendly community forum designed to promote peace through intercultural dialog, reflection, celebration and artistic expression. This unique event features panel discussions, presentations, movie screenings, poetry readings, art exhibits, musical performances, refreshments and more.

 “This year marks the 15th anniversary of 9/11. In remembrance of the many lives lost through that one grievous act of terrorism, as well as the recent acts of violence rocking so many communities throughout the U.S., it is my hope that our event will inspire other individuals and institutions to step up and create ways to begin dialogue within their own communities,” said Dianne Travis-Teague, director of alumni relations.

Keynote speakers include David Krieger, president of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, and Katrina S. Rogers, Ph.D., president of Fielding Graduate University. 

Krieger has served as president of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation since 1982 and has been a leader in the global movement to eliminate nuclear weapons. He has lectured throughout the United States, Europe and Asia on issues of peace, security, international law and the abolition of nuclear weapons.

Krieger has received many awards for his work toward a nuclear weapons-free world. He has been interviewed on CNN, MSNBC, BBC and many other national and international television and radio shows. 

Rogers is president of Fielding Graduate University in Santa Barbara, a distinguished graduate school known for advanced education in the fields of clinical psychology, human talent and development, organizational leadership and education.

She has served the international non-governmental and educational sectors in many roles, including executive, board member and teacher. 

Rogers has also led the European campus for Thunderbird School of Global Management in Geneva, Switzerland, for a decade, working with international organizations such as the Red Cross, World Trade Organization, United Nations Development Program and the European Union.

Events sponsors include Fielding Graduate University, Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, Voice Magazine, Martin Luther King Jr. Committee of Santa Barbara and Best Western Hotel-Carpinteria.

Schedule of Events

Friday, Sept. 9, 4-9 p.m.

“Returning violence for violence multiplies violence, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars.” — Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

» Event kickoff and reception: “A Gathering of Peacekeepers”

» Keynote speaker: Katrina S. Rogers, Ph.D., president, Fielding Graduate University

» Panel discussion: Pacifica Graduate student panel

» Elementary School Children Speak on Peace

» Poetry with Santa Barbara Poet Laureate Sojourner Kinkaid Rolle 

Saturday, Sept. 10, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

“If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.” — Mother Teresa

» Keynote speaker: David Krieger, president of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation

» Information stations: “Pauses for Peace,” including such topics as victim advocates, conflict resolution, sponsor information, referral/resources

» Musical performances, food, face painting, arts and crafts

» Faculty presentations

» Peace Awards    

Sunday, Sept. 11, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

“I do not at all understand the mystery of grace — only that it meets us where we are but does not leave us where it found us.”  — Anne Lamott

» Mama Pat’s Gospel Choir

» Meditations

» Remembrance stations: attendees are encouraged to create and leave a tribute

» Peace panel

» Nondenominational remembrance: includes reading of the names of 9/11 victims and recent victims of violence

» Closing words by local spiritual leaders

» Closing ritual   

 Pacifica Graduate Institute has graduated over 4500 alumni. Dianne Travis-Teague facilitates the ongoing collaboration between Pacifica's Office of the Chancellor and the Pacifica Graduate Institute Alumni Association to extend and nurture the Pacifica experience in and through the world. 

In partnership with Alumni Relations, the Alumni Association provides programs and services that strengthen the connections between the community, graduates and the institute.

For additional information, call 805.879.7303 or visit To RSVP, call 805.679.6163.

Allison Queen represents Pacifica Graduate Institute Alumni Relations.

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