Salomon Named 2010 Peace Scholar

03/15/2010
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Israeli Educator Chosen for Honor, Will Present Programs On Campus, Around Region

LOWELL, Mass. ߝ An innovative Middle East peace advocate and educator who uses sports to bridge the gap between cultures is being honored by the University of Massachusetts Lowell’s Peace and Conflict Studies Institute.

Prof. Gavriel Salomon of the University of Haifa in Israel is the institute’s 2010 Greeley Scholar for Peace. Chosen for his creativity and excellence in building and teaching peace, Salomon is the founder and director of the Center for Research in Peace Education at the University of Haifa. He is known for using sports teams to form peaceful relationships, including bringing Israeli and Arab players and fans together to transform animosity and mistrust into cooperation and support.

“Looking at the world today, there is hardly a topic more urgent than understanding a way to get to peace,” said Paul Marion, UMass Lowell executive director of community and cultural affairs and a member of the Greeley Scholar advisory committee. “Prof. Salomon has real-world experience in promoting peace. He does it every day in a challenging part of the world.”

“We are very enthusiastic about hosting Prof. Salomon, a leader in the field of peace education as this year’s Greeley scholar,” said Prof. Paula Rayman, director of UMass Lowell’s Middle East Center for Peace, Development and Culture.

The Greeley Scholar for Peace Studies is presented annually to a distinguished advocate for peace, noted humanitarian or faith leader by UMass Lowell’s Peace and Conflict Studies Institute (PACSI). The recipient is chosen on the basis of their ability to effectively promote the cause of peace and conflict resolution at the local, regional, national or international level or through peace and justice studies.

“I am greatly honored by my selection as a Greeley scholar,” said Salomon. “I hope that our work in Israel will be inspired by the work done at UMass Lowell as well as inspire colleagues here to transcend peace education in regions of conflict to other, related domains of education for human rights, anti-racism and full integration of minorities. Life in a democracy cannot exist without these and it is our responsibility to both study these and advance them.”

The Greeley scholar spends a portion of the spring semester in residence at the university, delivering programs on campus and around the region.

Salomon will headline two programs at UMass Lowell, including on the annual Day Without Violence on Tuesday, April 6, when he will participate in “Educating for Peace: Teaching Global Citizenship” from 12:30 to 1:45 p.m. in the Fisher Recital Hall at Durgin Hall at 35 Wilder St. on UMass Lowell’s South Campus. “Playing for Peace: How Sports Can Get Us to Our Goal,” will be held on Monday, April 12 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the UMass Lowell Inn and Conference Center, 50 Warren St., Lowell. Both events are free and open to the public.

Salomon will also be featured at other free public events across eastern Massachusetts during his visit, including:

  • “Divided Societies, United Teams” on Sunday, April 11 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the First Parish Church, 20 Lexington Road, Concord;
  • “Comparing the Peace Processes in Israel and Northern Ireland” on Wednesday, April 14 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Temple Emanu-El, 514 Main St., Haverhill;
  • “Can Peace Education Make a Difference in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict?” on Tuesday, April 20 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. in Boston at Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP, Seaport West, Fifth Floor, 155 Seaport Boulevard.

Full details on these and other any events added to Salomon's schedule will be available at www.uml.edu/mec.

Salomon’s visit coincides with UMass Lowell’s work with universities in Israel, Ireland and other nations to develop a peace and conflict studies program that will award bachelor’s and master’s degrees. The plans are part of the efforts to fulfill Chancellor Marty Meehan’s commitment to teaching students to be ready for global citizenship.

“Prof. Salomon’s visit will move UMass Lowell toward a framework of education for global citizenship, support the creation of our peace and conflict studies degree program and help us realize our international partnership with the University of Haifa,” said Rayman.

In addition to his role with the Center for Research in Peace Education, Salomon has also served as dean of the faculty of education at the University of Haifa and as a professor of educational psychology. He is co-chairman of the board of directors of Sikkuy, the Association for the Advancement of Civic Equality in Israel, and of the Academic Council of the Arab Academic College El-Kassami. Salomon received the Israel Award in 2001 for his work in the field of peace education. In 2006, Salomon was elected as fellow of the International Academy of Education. He has written several books, including “Communication and Education and Technology and Education in the Information Age” and editor of “Peace Education: The Concept, The Principles and The Research.” Salomon received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and his doctorate in educational psychology and communication from Stanford University.

The scholar program is funded by the Greeley Endowment for Peace Studies, established with a major gift from the Concord-based Dana McLean Greeley Foundation for Peace and Justice and a major contribution from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts via the UMass Foundation. The honor is named for Rev. Dana McLean Greeley, internationally respected advocate for peace, human rights and civil rights and longtime Unitarian Universalist minister in Concord. For 20 years, the foundation’s goals have been to promote dialogue and leadership; elevate integrity, compassion, honesty and courage; and seek creative ways to realize the unifying power of grace.

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