Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

March 20, 2013

Area Rotarians and SMHS Interact Club students attend Oak Ridge Peace Forum


CROSSVILLE — Rotarians and Stone Memorial High School students, members of the Rotary Interact Club, participated in the Peace Forum at Oak Ridge Associated Universities in Oak Ridge on Saturday, March 9.

The aim of the Peace Forum is to inspire and advance avenues of peace through science and technology and to cultivate peace through human understanding. The forum educates and motivates Rotarians and the public on new and innovative ways to achieve global peace through service.

The “Peace Through Service” keynote address by Rotary International President Sakuji Tanaka led the daylong gathering of Rotarians, academics and scientists.

Participants included directors from Oak Ridge National Laboratory, professor from the University of Alabama, Rotary World Peace Fellow at the Christian University in Tokyo, and the former United States ambassador to Bolivia. The morning and afternoon sessions, as well as the lunch and roundtable discussions, were led by the aforementioned speakers, as well as area Rotarians. 

Among the panel discussions these individuals attended and led were “Peace Through Religion: Does it Offer Hope for Peace?”,  “Living in the New South”, “Media Madness: Role of the Media in Conflict”, “Technology in Disaster Relief”, “Technology and Global Threats to Peace”, and others the approach peace through the perspectives of human understanding and science and technology.