UFV hosts two peace-focused events

Talks at Abbotsford campus are open to the public

University of the Fraser Valley holds two public events this month on global politics and peace initiatives.

The PoliTalk Roundtable Series, with a panel discussion on the Legacy of Kofi Annan, takes place Tuesday, Oct. 9 at 11:30 a.m. in room B101 (lecture theatre) on the Abbotsford campus.

From serving as under secretary-general of the United Nations during the 1994 Rwanda genocide to his elevation as the first secretary-general of the United Nations from Sub-Saharan Africa, Kofi Annan spearheaded United Nations efforts toward the attainment of a fairer and peaceful world.

His death on Aug. 18 calls for an evaluation of his work as the world’s top diplomat and a Nobel Peace Laureate.

RELATED: Canadians react to death of former UN secretary-general Kofi Annan at age 80

Panelists include Dr. Valerie Yankey-Wane (consultant, United Nations and European Union), political science professor Edward Akuffo, and criminology professor emeritus Yvon Dandurand. Dr. Robin Anderson of the history department will moderate.

On Wednesday, Oct. 17, the President’s Lecture Series for 2018/19 kicks off as UFV president Joanne MacLean welcomes peace activist Paul K. Chappell to the Abbotsford campus lecture theatre at 4:30 p.m.

A former soldier and Iraqi war veteran who now devotes his life to waging peace, Chappell has forged his own understanding of war, peace, rage, and trauma, and has focused on creating a life of vision, purpose, and hope.

Chappell, who grew up in a violent household, created Peace Literacy to help students and adults from various backgrounds work toward their full potential and a more peaceful world.

Admission is free and the public is welcome to all three sessions. Visit ufv.ca/plls for more information.

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