Hoda Mahmoudi (second from right) is the holder of the Baha’i Chair for World Peace at the University of Maryland, College Park. The Chair hosted a recent conference, bringing together scholars and practitioners from a range of fields to share emerging insights about attaining global peace and security.
The Baha’i Chair for World Peace held a conference about the challenge of global peace and security on 16 and 17 October at the University of Maryland, College Park. Margarita Quihuis, co-director of the Peace Innovation Lab at Stanford University, spoke about the importance of the values behind technology in one of the conference’s keynote addresses.
(From left) W. Andy Knight, from the University of Alberta, David Cunningham, from the University of Maryland, and Charlotte Ku, from Texas A&M University, discussed leadership, global governance, and peace.
The conference’s lectures and panel discussions were followed by questions from participants in the conference. Here, a university student asks a question of one of the speakers.
Derek Caelin, of Counterpart International, speaks during a panel session on peace and technology while moderator (from left) Kate Seaman, with the Baha’i Chair, and fellow panelists Maude Morrison, of Build Up, and Nanjira Sambuli, of the World Wide Web Foundation, listen.
Political scientist Craig Murphy, a professor at Wellesley College, spoke about the conference theme of leadership, global governance, and peace.
Dr. Mahmoudi said later of the conference: “The pursuit of peace is a process that must be sustained indefinitely because the barriers to peace are big and complex. We have to bring new thinking into this process. We have to raise consciousness about this complex endeavor. We have to bring more like-minded people together to explore the ideas and essential strategies.”