Declare Victory Over Violence at the University of Arizona

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A four-day exhibition and dialogue series on understanding violence will be presented at the UA Student Union Memorial Center, Tucson room, from Friday, Jan. 19, through Tuesday, Jan. 22. The free event features interactive lectures, discussion groups, children's activities and student-created videos.

From a press release:

This is an SGI (Soka Gakkai International) youth initiative which started after the shooting and deaths at Columbine and has travelled the world since. It is aimed at educating young people and adults to better identify and counteract the root causes of violence. Lectures, dialogues, youth activities and a workshop series by Tucson professors and community and youth leaders will bring expertise and awareness to develop solutions to the causes of the violence we may experience in our personal lives, families, schools, communities, and the world. Everyone is welcome to attend and add their voice to the discussions. Topics include: Bullying, body awareness/movements to release anger, setting boundaries, mastering emotions, poetry, leadership, overcoming violence in relationships, using language to create peace.

The exhibition hours are Saturday, Jan. 19, from 2 to 5 p.m.; Sunday, Jan. 20, and Monday, Jan. 21, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Tuesday, Jan. 22, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The keynote speaker is Dr. Richard Ruiz, UA Dept Head and Director of Mexican American Studies. He will present "Creating a Language of Peace and Reconciliation in the United States" at 2:15 p.m. on Saturday. For more information, visit www.VovTucson.com.

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