Santa Monica-based Soka Gakkai International ñ USA Culture of Peace Resource Center is sponsoring a lecture series on peace.

The first program in Santa Monica features Richard Matthew, who will speak on “Climate Change and Peace” Saturday, July 21st, at 606 Wilshire Blvd.

Matthew is the director for the Center of Unconventional Security Affairs at the University of California at Irvine and a senior fellow for security at the International Institute for Sustainable Development.

Some of the nation’s leading academic peace experts from around the world will be heard, including Nobel laureate Betty Williams, who will speak in Santa Monica Sunday, September 23rd. Williams and her colleague Mairead Corrigan received the prize for founding the Northern Ireland Peace Movement.

“Through this series, we are hoping to create opportunities for many people to connect with some of the leading voices for building a peace culture,” said Ian McIlraith, the organizer of the lecture series. “We want people to awaken to the fact that each of us has an irreplaceable role to play in making our world a safer, more just and healthier place to live.”

All lectures are free and open to the public.

Information, www.sgi-usa.org/ or (310) 346-8950.

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