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V-IFLAC Pave Peace Los Angeles
Thursday, May 12, 2005  6:35:00 PM

by Maria Cristina Azcona

IFLAC Pave Peace LA


Los Angeles, California - 3rd to 6th August 2005

Hotel Ayres, LA, 3-6 August, 2005



Dear Friends,


We invite you to participate in this innovative congress. Its central theme is "Building Bridges through Conflict Resolution, Communication, Literature, Poetry and Culture". Writers, poets, researchers, women leaders, media and experts in conflict resolution, will jointly explore the role of culture, literature, poetry, and other means of artistic expression and communication in guiding society towards a more peaceful world.





DAY 1 - Wednesday, 3rd August, 2005 




     15.00 – REGISTRATION, and come together in the Ayres Hotel.

     18.00 - Workshop on “´Waking together on the path to a future of peace,” by

                  Frank Cardelle (Please see details below in “Summaries.”)

                  “International Peace Poetry Reading and Story Telling” will follow the workshop.

                   Please bring your musical instruments, songs and dances.


DAY 2 - Thursday 4th August, 2005


8 .00:  Registration: and Come Together.


10.00:  Musical Opening.



               By Prof. Ada Aharoni  - WORLD IFLAC President.



               Dr. Lucy Cabieles - President of the 25th WCP Conference (World Congress of Poets),

               Prof. Ernesto Kahn - Nobel Peace Laureate, Vice President WORLD IFLAC and WCP.

               Ms. Kathlyn Schaaf - President GTW: Gather The Women Association

               Prof. Dorin Popa - IFLAC Director in Romania, and Vice President WCP.

               Dr. Yvan Nguyen - IFLAC Director in California, and Vice President 5th IFLAC Conference.


11.00      Ms. Nonie Darwish (Egypt and US) - Keynote Speech


11.30              Coffee Break 


12.00       GREETING: Dr. Maurus Young – Secretary General, WCP and WAAC:                                                                

                The World Academy of Arts and Culture.


               PANEL 1 - Keynote Moderator and Opening: Prof. Ernesto Kahan

              How Can Writers and Peace Researchers bring about a better world?


               Prof. Haim Aharoni, Dr. Sara Zamir, Ms. Rose Lord, Dr. Jacqueline Haessly

              (Each presenter throughout the Conference has 15 minutes, followed by 10 minutes of

              Questions and Discussion with the audience).


13.30                   Break


15.00         Workshops on Conflict Resolution through Literature and Poetry

                  Peace Culture and Education Research - Dr. Sara Zamir and  Dr. Blythe Hinitz

                  Peace Poetry and Literature - Dr. Lucy Cabieles and Prof. Ernesto Kahan (in Spanish)

                  Poetry Reading - Prof. Dorin Popa, Ms.Taki Yuriko, Sara Ditza Kourchi

                  Peace Stories -  Dr. Yvan Nguyen and Dr.Frank Cardelle


   The moderators and participants choose the best research, poem and story, in each workshop, to be presented in the evening at the “Evening Peace Feast 1.”


16.30          Peace Research Roundtable: Moderator and Opening: Dr. Jacqueline Haessly,

                  Dr. Cynthia King, Prof. Prof. Aguiar Maravillas, Prof. Fatima Tahatah, Prof. Jo-Ann Hoffman.


18.00          Break


                  20.00 – 22.00  PEACE FEAST 1. Guitarist.  Best Presentations from the Workshops, International Songs and 

                                         and dances. Please bring your musical instruments, and songs from your various countries. 


 DAY 3 - Friday 5th August


9.00  PANEL 2 - Keynote Moderator Ms. Kathlyn Schaaf

Women and Peace: How Can Women in the East and in the West Promote the Creation of A Better World?

Cynthia King, Katrin Michael, Soheila Vahdati, Fatima Tahtah, Mona Gamal El Din 


            11.00   Break - Coffee


11.30     Workshops on “Women and Peace” (Suggested Moderators)

   Kathlyn Schaaf and Fatimah Tahtah

   Katrin Michael and Ada Aharoni

   Soheila Vahdati and Rose Lord

   Cynthia King and Jacqueline Haessly


           Stories, poetry, artistic presentations, songs.  Participants choose best story, poem,

           song, and artistic presentation, to be presented at the “Evening Feast 2.”


13.30     Break


15.30   PANEL 3  - Greeting: Justice Mohan, WAAC: World Academy of Arts and Culture President.

Moderator: Maurus Young

From A War Culture To A Peace Culture

Panelists: Joanne Tawfilis, Dr. Abuelgassim Gor Hamid, Prof Dambar Bir Thapa, Ms. Nonie Darwish


17.00  - 18.30

Joanne Tawfilis – Artistic Peace Workshop

Dr. Abuelgassim Gor Hamid – Peace Drama Workshop

Prof. Ernesto Kahan – The Story behind the poem.


   The participants will choose the best research, poem and story, in each workshop, to be presented in the evening at the “Evening Feast 2.”


20.00  GRAND PEACE FEAST 2:  Best Presentations from the Workshops, Music, Poetry Reading, International  Performances, Games, Songs, Peace Jokes, and Dances.



DAY 4 – Saturday 6th August


9.00  Panel  Moderator: Byron De Lear, 

 The Communications Revolution and its effects on Culture


Sharon Reigie Maynard: Sister Radio L.A.

Ada Aharoni: The Iflac Online Digest, and the online Anthology: Horizon Pave Peace.

Dorin Popa: The needed Revolution in Media and Journalism


11.00   Coffee Break


11.30      Workshops – on same subject. 


Byron De Lear

Sharon Reigie Maynard

Dorin Popa

Nonie Darwish


13.30   Break


15.00 – 17.00  General Assembly: Suggestions, Initiatives and Resolutions, concerning IFLAC in the future, and its special Projects: the WSPN Project: THE WORLD SATELLITE FOR PEACE NETWORK, the daily IFLAC Digest, The Peace Train, and other IFLAC Projects.


Elections of the International IFLAC Directors and Board, and Announcement of the venue of the next IFLAC Conference.




Prof. Ada Aharoni         Dr. Lucy Cabieles                    Dr.  Yvan Nguyen                  

IFLAC President           President WCP                        IFLAC Vice President, CA.


For further information, and the Registration Form, please visit:



*On the evening of 6th August 2005, the WCP: World Congress of Poets, opens, and you

are welcome to join it, as well as to participate in  the reception for the Opening of the

 25th World Congress of Poets. Please contact Dr. Lucy Cabieles, for Registration.


Please see some “Summaries of Presentations and Bios”, after the Registration Form below.





Hotel Ayres,
LA,  3-6 August,

We invite you to participate in this innovative congress. Its central theme is "Building Bridges through Conflict Resolution, Communication, Literature and Culture". Writers, poets, researchers, women leaders, and experts in conflict resolution, will jointly explore the role of culture, literature, poetry, and other means of artistic expression and communication in guiding society towards a more peaceful world.

Prof. ----  Dr. ----- Mr. ----- Ms. -----

Surname: _______________________________ First name: _______________________________

Mailing address: _________________________________________________________________

____________________________________ Country: ____________________ZIP ___________

Phone No.: _________________ Fax : _________________ Email: _______________________

I will attend the Congress ________

I will be accompanied by ________ persons

I am submitting  (Optional):

[   ] A Summary of my proposed Paper  (up to 1 page)    [  ] A Summary of a Peace Story  (up to 1 page)   

 [  ] A Peace poem - up to 30 lines.                             The Deadline for submissions is May 30, 2005.

Date: _____________________                   Signature: _______________________

REGISTRATION FEE:  US $200 for Registration per person, after March 30, it becomes $250. Registration includes participation in all lectures, roundtables and workshops, and Iflac Membership.

(We are very sorry that we do not have any grants available.)

Please book your own Hotel Reservation at the: HOTEL AYRES, is ten minutes from the Airport. Price $123 includes breakfast for 2 persons.
Ramada Hotel, very near: $ 80.00 one bed, or two beds at $90.00.

Please fill the Registration Form and send it back to Dr. Ada Aharoni:, and to Dr. Lucy Cabieles with Conference Fee of $200 :   243 N Irving Blvd.  Los Angeles CA 90004    Phone: 323-463-0800   Fax: 310-835-2142

We are keenly  looking forward to welcoming you at the Congress.

Iflac Conference President, Dr. Ada Aharoni  &  WCP President, Dr. Lucy Cabieles








Frank Cardelle


 Workshop- August 2nd, in AYRES Hotel, at 18.00.

TITLE: "Walking the Path of Peace Together.”

Community Building Workshop:

The purpose of the Community Building workshop is to begin to build a connection, trust, support, alliance by giving conference participants a chance to meet and to better know one another in a stronger way. Using music, movement, ritual, small and large group sharing and dialogue we will collaborate and empower one another, ourselves and give strength of unity to our purpose in being together. This will help remind us that we need to share the joys and difficulties of Peace Work and to know we are not alone in this work.



Frank Cardelle is a Psychologist and former officer cadet who ended up being exiled from his country because of his change of heart about the Vietnam War. For the past twenty years he has traveled about the world conducting workshops, trainings at institutes, Universities, organizations ect. and presenting at conferences worldwide. He has authored several books and published in nine languages. GLOBAL SOUL: A Call to Citizens of the Planet is his forthcoming book.


Kathlyn Schaafe

Description of Panel: Women and Peace

 A British poet of the last century said "If women should ever come together purely and simply for the benefit of mankind, it would be a power such as the world has never known." Women are coming together -- around the holistic vision of a peaceful and balanced world. They are discovering that beyond their religious and ethnic differences, they share vast stretches of common ground. They are discovering that compassion and collaboration provide the foundation for whole new paradigm of leadership. And they are discovering that their unique feminine gifts and resources do have immense value to the world. This panel will explore the potential of women to affect real change in the old habits that have brought war to our world for so long.


Kathlyn Schaaf is the President of Gather the Women Global Matrix, a global community of women committed to practicing the compassionate and collaborative use of their personal power. She writes and speaks extensively about her passionate belief that women hold important new answers to the questions that plague our world. She brings a background as a teacher and workshop leader, as the author of articles and books about creating community change, as a non-profit administrator and a psychotherapist.  Kathlyn is currently working with Gather the Women to co-create 6 Congresses on 6 Continents in 2006 as a vehicle for building an active global community of women leaders. She is also busy in her family, keeping up with two adolescent sons.


Nonie Darwish


TITLE: "The importance of Building Trust, Respect and Peace between the Arab world and the West and Israel"
It is important to end the blame game and start a new chapter in resolving the Arab/Israeli conflict based on honesty, objectivity and self-analysis. Since I was born and raised as a Muslim in Cairo Egypt and the Gaza strip, I prefer to examine my own culture and its responsibilities and challenges. Many Israelis freely express compassion, understanding and goodwill towards Arabs. However, the opposite is rare; no Arab individual or organization can dare openly reciprocate Israel’s actions of goodwill for peace. 
In a post 9/11 world, it is time for Arabs to tell the world they mean business when they speak about peace. They need to realize that more than just words and PR are needed to prove good will. When they say “Islam is a religion of peace” they have to show it through their actions and not just the idealism of the ‘book’. Holy books do not commit terror; people do.

Nonie Darwish was born and raised as a Moslem in Cairo, Egypt and the Gaza strip. Her father headed the Egyptian military in Gaza and the Sinai and died as a Shahid in the struggle with Israel. She immigrated to the America in 1978. 9/11 was a major turning point for her when she started writing against terrorism and the culture that produced it. She founded  in 2002 and in April of 2004.


Nonie visited Israel for the first time when she spoke at the Jerusalem Summit  in November 2004.

She has a Bachelors Degree in Sociology/Anthropology from the American University in Cairo. She worked as an editor and translator and is now a freelance writer and founder of She is married and mother of 3.

Cynthia King
Summary  of presentation in the “Women and Peace” session:

“The Feminine Face of Power”
There is a deep rift that has been created by historic, systemic processes that rely on separation, prejudice, domination, and “othering” of all people, ideas, and things deemed  “feminine.” Those processes, which have prevented full citizen participation in many societies, have relied on an overriding, “masculine” face of power, which narrowly defines power as the opportunity to dominate and control others. The “feminine” face of power catalyzes the synergy that results from connection, inclusion, and accessing other “ways of knowing,” and involves moving beyond the hero’s journey into the continuing journey of maturity, wherein individuals and cultures seek to re-balance the masculine and feminine, and to realize the potential of transformed elders.

Cynthia King, PhD, is the author of Creating Partnerships:  Unleashing Collaborative Power in the Workplace (2005). Dr. King has over 25  years of experience as a communication and organizational development  consultant, facilitator, and trainer. As a “Communication Catalyst,” she specializes in building  communication skills and leadership capacity, managing change and transitions, transforming conflicts, and building truly collaborative teams and  partnerships. She is President of The Wisdom Way, and CEO  of Wisdom Way Press. Her next book, The Feminine Face of Power: Finding Balance in a Divided World, is forthcoming in early 2006.


Maravillas Aguiar

 Prof. of Arabic Literature at La Laguna University, Tenerife, Spain

    TITLE: “Abdelwahab Meddeb’s poetry: the classical tasawwuf revisited”.

 Abdelwahab Meddeb is a contemporary writer born in Tunis. He lives in Paris and he has published poetic collections and romances. In his poems the classical tasawwuf (i.e. islamic mysticism) is present specially under the form of the develop and flexion of a particular poetic language. Meddeb has used not Arabic but French in all his literary production, performing an individual journey searching the meaning and transcendence of the powerful spirit of each human being in the construction of identity, freedom and peace. I hope to present in Los Angeles congress a commentary of some selected poems of Meddeb’s Tombeau d’Ibn Arabi under this contextual significance.


Fatima Tahtah

 Prof. of Arabic Literature at Mohammed V University, Rabat, Morocco

TITLE: Nostalgia in Andalusi poetry or how the spirit without peace dreams a vanished past

Andalusi literature is a branch of classical Arabic literature. A splendorous Muslim culture was developed in the Peninsula Iberica between the 8th  and the 15th century. Many andalusi poets has expressed his painful feeling of nostalgia, the remembrance of something lost forever. In the historical context of the Reconquista, Muslims of al-Andalus were witness of their ending. Their cities and all their social references changed under the new Christian rulers. Thus they constructed an image of a perfect past, they dream experiences already vanished. A good number of Arabic poems written by andalusi poets has preserved this topic. I will expose diachronically the most representative poems of this characteristic theme of the andalusi poetry.


Joanne Tawfilis

Co Founder/Executive Director of the Art Miles Mural Project


TITLE: The Artistic “IFLAC PAVES PEACE -  Mural Mile”, and a Workshop.


Joanne Tawfilis, Co Founder/Executive Director of the Art Miles Mural Project: an official UNESCO Decade of the Culture of Peace project; The Art Miles Mural Project, will exhibit: The “IFLAC:  PAVE PEACE -  Mural Mile”. Joanne Tawfilis will also conduct a mural painting workshop/session with the IFLAC PAVES A CULTURE OF  PEACE conference theme mural (professionally pre designed) during the conference. The graphics from the mural, will join the others for global exhibitions during the UNESCO Decade of the Culture of Peace. 



Professor Jo-Ann Hoffman

Conflict Resolution Through Culture and Literature

Department 4-H Youth Development, Cook College, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey USA,

TITLE: Peace Culture and Education Research

The Green Circle program was conceived and developed by Gladys Rawlins a social worker for the Race Relations Committee of Philadelphia, PA yearly meeting of friends in 1957. The Program was conceived to help break the cycle of negative attitudes in the Philadelphia School System. The purpose of the Green Circle is to help prepare individuals for life in a society composed of many people of different physical, cultural, racial and ethnic backgrounds

The goals of the Green Circle are first (1); to promote a positive sense of self worth.. The second (2) major goal is to promote a better understanding of individual differences by recognizing differences in ourselves and others. The third (3)goal is to teach children to accept differences; to understand how other people feel and be aware of the effects of our words and actions on others; to learn how to include others and to take the responsibility for the decisions you make. The final (4) goal is to learn to enjoy differences. Children become aware of how differences can enrich our lives. They begin to understand the importance of "an ever-widening Green Circle."


Dr. Blythe Hinitz

Professor of Elementary and Early Childhood Education

The College of New Jersey


TITLE : Peace Culture Through Literacy Activities: Recent Research on Anti-Bullying in the U.S.A.


IFLAC Conference Theme: Peace Education Through Literature

Workshop Theme: Peace Culture and Education Research


Teasing, bullying and harassment are problems among children and youth worldwide, particularly in school and group situations. This paper describes recent studies of anti-bullying programs for selected preschool and primary level children, and pre-service and in-service early childhood and elementary level teachers in the United States done by the author and her professional associates.

Among the objectives of the studies were:

·                    To assist early years students in developing appropriate anti-bullying response and prevention strategies.

·                    To provide pre-service and in-service teachers with a research-based theoretical foundation to inform their decision making process.

·                    To provide teachers with practice in formulating and utilizing developmentally appropriate strategies to assist students in handling and inhibiting teasing and bullying actions.




Rose Lord

                                                                            Theme: Hungering for Peace


While raising her family Rose Lord operated a home based medical transcription business and founded the Home Business Association in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Her involvement in micro-enterprise included several years on the board of directors of Pittsburgh’s Micro-Enterprise Assistance Program. 

Rose is a co-founder of Global Coalition for Peace, a non-profit organization incorporated in the state of Maryland.  In her work with Global Coalition for Peace she initiated and directs the Mother-to-Mother for Peace and Nonviolence program. This project creates partnerships between mothers in different parts of the world for the purpose of supporting each other in their decision to raise their children in the ways of nonviolence. 

Rose is also the director of Global Applications for Self Reliance, a GCFP program. The first implementation of this program was initiated in the Peten region of Guatemala in January, 2005. Rose has been studying the relationship between food and peace since 1991 and is the author of What I’ve Learned About Food and Peace. She also edits the newsletter, Food for Peace and (R)evolution.



Jacqueline Haessly, Ph. D


                                               Promoting A Culture of Peace
This paper, "Promoting a Culture of Peace" provides a historical context for considering peace. It poses a question, "What is peace as more than the absence of war?" and briefly considers the works of peace scholars and others
who define peace in terms of what it is not, instead of what it is. It suggests that the tendency of some peace scholars to equate peace with the absence of war and violence limits the ability to conceptualize peace as more than an absence. Promoting a Culture of Peace promotes an understanding, a language, and a model for conceptualizing and speaking about peace, and reveals the importance of education for peace and nonviolence spurred on by the United Nations declaration for a year and a decade dedicated to education for a culture of peace and nonviolence. The article develops the premise that peace can be considered as presence and not merely as absence; that peace can be
considered as integral to people's lives; and that peace can be considered as either actualized, or as in the process of being actualized in all dimensions of people's personal, professional, and public life.


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