August 23, 2002

Southwestern College Only SD Site to Host Peace Exhibit

CHULA VISTA- Southwestern College has been selected as the only San Diego site for the roving “Gandhi, King, Ikeda: a legacy of Building Peace” exhibit. Produced by Morehouse College and provided by Soka Gakkai International-USA (SGI), a non-governmental organization of the UN, the display features colorful photographs, inspiring quotes and factual information about Mohandas K. Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr. and Daisaku Ikeda. The five-panel unit celebrates the lives of the three leaders who fought for a peaceful, non-violent society.

The opening of the exhibit coincides with the first day of Southwestern Colleges’s fall 2002 term and in recognition of the college’s contribution to the community, a book donation will be made from SGI to the Southwestern College library.

Some 100 books are being donated - all of which are peace-themed - including Ikeda’s children’s books The Snow Country Prince, The Cherry Tree, The Princess and the Moon and Over the Deep Blue Sea. Books in both English and Spanish will be incorporated into the mix of new, original titles.

“I am really excited about kicking off the semester with such a meaningful exhibit,” says Viara Giraffe, dean of the School of Social Sciences and International Studies, Giraffe, along with the Associated Student Body, is responsible for bringing the display to the Southwestern college campus. “With all the recent violence in our world, I think everyone could use a reminder about the importance of peace and happiness. This exhibit will do just that.”

To understand the pivotal principles in the lives of these men, the exhibit is divided into sections that present their lives as they relate to key themes. The sections include Forging Destiny, Humanity at the Heart, Principles into Action, Nonviolence, and Adversity and Resistance.

The exhibit will be on display for viewing August 19-31 in the Student Center. The Student Center hours are Monday through Thursday 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Friday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.; and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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