POTSDAM -- Clarkson University will commemorate Martin Luther King Jr. Day Monday, Jan. 21, with a series of free events focused on creating a more peaceful world.
Professor Arthur Romano, a faculty member at George Mason University’s School of Conflict Resolution and Analysis, will keynote two discussions. At 3:30 p.m. in the Cheel Campus Center commons, he will present “Civility and Difference: Sustaining Conversations that Matter on Campus,” which will focus on creating candid but respectful dialogue that addresses issues of difference. At 6 p.m. in the Student Center multi-purpose rooms, Romano will present “Call to Conscience,” which will bring King’s teachings to life and illustrate how they continue to inspire people worldwide.
At 5 p.m. in the Student Center Forum, students who speak a second language will bring posters with words of peace in that language. Those will be transferred to “peace poles” to be dedicated on campus in the fall.
At 5:30 p.m. in the Student Center multi-purpose rooms, the Diversity Initiatives Office will present its annual Martin Luther King Jr. Award, which honors a campus community member for their extraordinary leadership. This year’s recipient is Kurt Stimeling, Clarkson’s former dean of students.
Romano is a certified nonviolence trainer and an international educator who has worked globally to challenge violence and promote peace. He most recently worked with university students and staff from more than 50 nations implementing key community building projects that challenged violence on campus and supported peaceful ways of living.
Romano has spoken several times at the United Nations and has collaborated with its Department of Public Information to promote the Gandhi-King Season for Nonviolence and the International Day of Peace. In 2004, he was awarded the prestigious Rotary World Peace Fellowship for studying conflict resolution and has conducted research on university level peace studies programs in India, Japan, the United States and the United Kingdom.
In the days following the violence of September 11th, Romano joined with a group of concerned citizens to counteract the narrowing national debate and increasing calls for retaliatory measures in response to those attacks. The World Peace Walk resulted, with members walking more 300 miles from the former site of the World Trade Towers to the Pentagon.