To celebrate the 41st United Nations International Day of Peace, the Kyung Hee University System is holding its annual Peace BAR Festival on September 21. To celebrate the International Day of Peace, the annual PBF Town Hall Sessions will take place from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., navigating through modern efforts to restore tranquility.
The event will be held offline at Kyung Hee University’s Grand Peace Palace. However, the venue will be equipped with online webcasts for attendees who cannot attend in person.
The Kyung Hee University System’s initiatives for the Peace BAR Festival stem from its firmly established priorities in 2004. The first festival at that time was a way to celebrate the cooperative practices carried out by the UN Peace Park and the Global NGO Complex. Since then, the PBF has positioned itself as a symbol dedicated to Kyung Hee’s attempts to promote peace and mutual prosperity.
BAR is an acronym that reflects Kyung Hee’s interpretation of valid values that the 21st century pursues. The term BAR includes three values: “spiritually beautiful, materially well-off and humanly gratifying”. Embracing such values, the Peace BAR Festival strives to deliver on the importance of reaching harmonious consensus with the help of various organizations, including the UN.
The theme of this year’s conference is “The Peace of Collapse: In Search of New Horizons for Geopolitics”. Participants will discuss and deal with related issues that are of great importance given the current concerns facing humanity. Climate change and the destruction of ecosystems are issues that are inseparable from modern industries. We are now inhibiting an era where no one is immune to moral hazard that stems from greed, trust and cultural perception. It is inevitable for everyone to escape the complaint posed by ethics and the environment and this is where the Peace BAR Festival 2022 comes in.
This year’s meeting is dedicated to speculating on the essence of being human, navigating through our past and present to uncover our responsibilities and shortcomings. By reflecting on the traditional idea of separating culture and science and placing strict boundaries between many aspects of human life, the Peace BAR Festival 2022 strives to evaluate things in an articulate and consistent way. Uncovering past bad practices and analyzing immediate responsibilities will guide participants in a new direction of sustainability and prosperity.
The details of the Peace BAR Festival 2022 program are as follows:
The commemorative ceremony for the International Day of Peace will begin on Friday, September 21 at 10 a.m. A ceremony will begin with Kim Won-soo, rector of the World Academy for Future Civilizations at Kyung Hee University, giving a briefing on an updated report on the International Day of Peace. After the speech, a special video will be released to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the passing of Dr. Choue Young Seek, founder of the Kyung Hee University System. Choue’s words will be recited through a collection of his past speeches and a song will be performed by students from Kyung Hee University College of Music.
The remaining time will consist of dialogues and discussions to bring together brilliant minds to diagnose and solve existing problems.
The second session will begin at 10:45 a.m. Kyung Hee University System Chancellor Choue Inwon will address the intimate discussion under the dialogue theme “An Existential Moment: New Wave of the Holistic Perspective.” A lecture will be given by Professor Kwon Gibung from the Graduate Institute of Peace Studies at Kyung Hee University. There will be a one hour break after this session.
The next session will start at 1 p.m. It will take the form of a symposium where two experts will discuss Choue Young Seek’s interpretation of peace as well as his ideological convictions on the conceptual term. The conference will continue under the theme “Peace is more precious than triumph” and the PBF hopes that participants will be able to establish their own conditions of peace throughout this fruitful session.
In order to encourage interactive and active discussions, the last session will take the form of a round table. Under the theme, “Disaster Appearance: Searching for a Gateway to a New Life,” speakers will discuss answers to the ultimate question of the modern age. Ahn Byong Jin, Professor at Kyung Hee University, Global Academy for Future Civilizations, will moderate the discussion. Presenters and commentators will be made up of only the best experts, including professors from other universities. The fourth roundtable will be the longest of all the sessions, taking place from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
BY LEE HYEIN [[email protected]]