Hampden-Sydney Hosts World Peace Scholar Arthur Romano (2007)

On Tuesday, January 23, Arthur Romano will speak at Hampden-Sydney College.  His topic is Call to Conscience: Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Message of Nonviolence Today. Currently a World Peace Scholar in England, Romano holds degrees in Philosophy, Political Science, and Conflict Resolution.

At the age of 21, Romano dedicated his life to organizing and supporting peace related events and campaigns in the US and other parts of the world. Since that time, he has worked to increase communication in various communities and to strengthen networks that address social-justice issues.

In 1999, at the age of twenty four, Romano founded Youth for Peace, an Internet-based program that provided opportunities for young people in various parts of the world to share inspiration and information related to their community projects.  He has collaborated with the Information Department of the United Nations to promote the International Day of Peace and the Gandhi-King Season for Nonviolence.

In the days following September 11th, Romano joined with a group of concerned citizens to counteract the narrowing national debate and increasing calls for retaliatory measures.  On the World Peace Walk members walked more than three hundred miles from the site of the World Trade Center Towers to the Pentagon, met with people along the way, and provided opportunities for communities to grieve and to explore the possibilities for nonviolent responses.

Most recently, he has worked with Chris Ballance, a member of the Scottish Parliament, to research and create a national peace education database and assist in developing a long-term strategic plan for the creation of a peace education network.  Romano has just completed an international research and networking trip with visits to the US, Japan, and India where he met with academics, activists and grass-roots practitioners to explore the potential effects that education can have on altering, disturbing, and changing globalization.

In the US, Romano has continued to work to further cross-cultural and interfaith understanding, including efforts to promote dialogue between Americans and people from abroad with focused interest on increasing direct face-to-face diplomacy and exchange.

Sponsored by the Office of Intercultural Affairs at Hampden-Sydney, Romano's presentation will be at 7:30PM in Crawley Forum.