Soka Gakkai International-USA’s Culture of Peace Resource Center in Santa Monica is scheduled to host a lecture with professor Paula Garb, founding member of the Citizen Peacebuilding Program and associate director of International Studies at the University of California, Irvine.

The lecture is scheduled to begin at 4 p.m. Saturday, January 19th, at the SGI-USA Culture of Peace Resource Center, 606 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Since 1999, Garb has directed Center for Citizen Peacebuilding programs in response to the growing national and international problems of conflict and violence.

Turning research into action, Garb takes an integrated approach to studying the best grassroots peace-building methods in both domestic and international conflicts, according to Soka Gakkai.

She utilizes those findings in grassroots peace-building projects in neighborhoods in Orange County and Los Angeles, as well as in selected communities in Northern Ireland, the Middle East, Bosnia/Herzegovina and the former Soviet Union.

“There is an urgency today to educate as many people as possible to become ‘world citizens’,” said series organizer Ian McIlraith. “Paula Garb is doing just that.

“Her work in examining and comparing the best conflict resolution practices from citizens living in conflict zones around the globe is helping to train new generations of leaders who can apply them within their local communities.”

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