Shalom-Salam: Exhibit, Reception & Panel on Peace, Love, Hope & Unity in Children’s Art
First Time Display Inspires Arab & Israeli Children’s Message in Current War Times
Please join us for a special celebration and panel discussion on love and peace, hope and unity shown in children’s art, inspired by the newly launched exhibit, “Let Us Put Out the Fire of War”, Part One of the Passow Collection of Israeli Children’s Peace Art, on display for the first time in the Offit Gallery of Gottesman Libraries at Teachers College, Columbia University. This collection of artwork by 9-11 year old Arab and Jewish children, highlights long lasting-hope for peace, with shared symbols of our humanity and mutual respect for national identity, friendship, world heritage, and most importantly, education. The artwork was created in a school program sponsored by the International Cultural Center for Youth, in Jerusalem, shortly after the 1967 Six-Day War.
The panel will look at the important role of children and art expression in peace, conflict resolution, and peace-building efforts through informed lenses: government, civil society, accredited United Nations’ organizations, and academia.
“Much research has shown that the bringing children together from conflicting cultures can bridge divides and create harmony and peace,” says Dr. Judy Kuriansky, who has over many years conducted artistic expressions workshops for children all over the world, including in the Middle East. “Creating art together encourages friendship and mutual understanding which are critical for adults, and our confict-compromised world today.”
In building awareness and engagement, the exhibit and discussion encourage deep conversation and reflection about the meaning and realization of peace, recognizing the qualities that bind us together, whatever our origins or beliefs, to bring about the peaceful world we want.
“We are honored at the Gottesman Libraries to curate and share this unique exhibit, which has rarely been seen, but is so timely today,” says Jennifer Govan, Library Director and Senior Librarian at Teachers College, Columbia University. “The children’s message is so important for our educational institution and also all our students from such diverse backgrounds.”
H.E. Ambassador Feda Abdelhady-Nasser is Deputy Permanent Observer of the State of Palestine to the United Nations. Ambassador Nasser has served in this role since 2013; prior, she was Special Political Adviser to the Minister Palestine Ministry of Foreign Affairs (2005-2006), and First Secretary, Counselor, and First Counselor to the Permanent Observer Mission of Palestine to the United Nations (1992-2005). She has an M.A. in Educational Leadership and Administration from Rutgers University and a B.A. in Political Science/International Relations from New York University. Ambassador Nasser will speak on the cause of peace and justice for Palestine and her commitment to international peace, justice, cooperation and coexistence on the basis of respect for international law and human rights, particularly with regard to women.
Dr. Judy Kuriansky is an internationally known clinical psychologist, humanitarian, author, and United Nations NGO representative. Professor of Psychology and Education in the Department of Clinical Psychology at Teachers College, Columbia University for 20 years, she taught The Psychology of Intimacy, and, now Psychology at the United Nations, a special seminar where students learn about psychologists’ role in global mental health; gain unique access to diplomats; and participate in major meetings of the Commission on the Status of Women, Commission for Social Development, World Interfaith Harmony Week, and International Day of Happiness. At the United Nations for two decades, she is the main NGO representative for the International Association of Applied Psychology and World Council for Psychotherapy, and co-founder of the UN Group of Friends of Mental Health and Well-being. An award-winning journalist well known on radio and TV, Dr. Kuriansky is the author / editor of many books, including Beyond Bullets and Bombs: Grassroots Peacebuilding between Israelis and Palestinians (Praeger, 2007) and Terror in the Holy Land: Inside the Anguish of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (Praeger, 2006), among many other writings. Dr. Kuriansky will speak on her scholarship and work in the Middle East, with relevance to ongoing world conflicts and her continuing involvement in global peace initiatives.
Yiming (Emily) Sang completed her bachelor’s degree in Fine Art at the University of Pennsylvania and is currently a Master’s student in Art and Art education at Teachers College, Columbia University. Emily serves as the President of the Sino-American Youth Foundation, a non-profit foundation promoting international communication via art and culture. She also serves as the Youth Goodwill Ambassador to the Fashion for Development for United Nations SDGs goals. She was honored by Maurice R. Greenberg, Chairman and CEO of American International Group, as Outstanding Youth for promoting international cultural communication in 2019. Currently, Emily is working as Library Associate for Art and Design, in the Gottesman Libraries, Teachers College, Columbia University. Emily co-curated and designed the exhibit “Let Us Out Out the Fire of War” which incorporates her original drawings in the Offit Gallery’s banners. Emily will speak on the design and curation, and how artwork with children inspires change.
Moderating the discussion are Ms. Melanie Schneider, graduate student in Psychology and Education at Teachers College, Columbia University, and Ms. Chantel Hover, Columbia University alumna (B.A., Political Science). Closing remarks are by Ms. Nida Ahmed, Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Master’s student in Clinical Psychology at Teachers College, Columbia University, with a concentration in Global Mental Health and Trauma. “Stand Up for Peace” and Hope is Alive” will be sung by Teachers College alumnus Russell Daisey, international musician and composer.
The event includes light luncheon; welcome collaborative art making; and a gallery tour of the children’s artworks, introduced by Ms. Jennifer Govan, Library Director and Senior Librarian.
The event is held in-person. Be sure to RSVP by November 1 to assure a seat.
Where: 306 Russell / Offit Gallery