Award-winning author and investigative journalist Edwin Black keynoted Peace Week, a multi-day conference organized by Pasco-Hernando Community College in association with the St. Petersburg Times. The four-campus two-county conference was free and open to the public beginning October 17. It concludes October 24. The annual event seeks to promote worldwide peace through historical exploration, artistic works, and interfaith and intercommunal outreach.
Peace Week co-founders, professors Karen Davis and Mike Sadusky, described the goals of the event in an open letter to the college community, "PHCC proudly hosts Peace Week each year to recognize that peace is not simply the absence of war, but a constantly changing and fragile ideology that can be threatened if people are not given the opportunity to express themselves and connect with one another. We must find understanding and balance in a social climate that increases in culturally diversity and technological advances alongside growing volatility, political pressures and global perspective each day." This year's theme is "Imagine the possibilities of peace."
Films, music, guest lectures, drum circles, Buddhist mandalas, art projects and yoga classes are all part of the celebration that ends on October 24. Speakers will rotate on each of the campuses while their presentations will be telecast on each of the other campuses.
Besides Black, keynote speakers at Peace Week include Eva Mozes Kor, a Holocaust survivor and forgiveness advocate who brought people to tears at last year's event. Kor is a survivor of inhuman medical experiments conducted by the infamous Dr. Mengele at the Auschwitz death camp. Also speaking is Dr. Bernard Lafayette, a civil rights activist who worked with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. In addition, the conference will be hear sacred and Broadway songs by Cantor Deborah Jacobson, of Temple Ahavat Shalom in Palm Harbor, and her daughter Maya Jacobson. Author Black, who previewed the performance, commented, "the Jacobsons' delivery is nothing short of angelic."
Black also appeared at other venues in the Tampa FL during the conference, giving lectures on the inter-relationship of petropolitics and U.S. corporate complicity with Nazism and genocide in the World War II era.
His Tampa bay tour began at the University of St. Petersburg, sponsored by the school's Bishop Center for Ethical Leadership Studies and Civic Engagement. First, he addressed journalism students on investigative technique, and then presented to a campus-wide audience on oil addiction, based on his bestselling book Internal Combustion--How Corporations and Governments Addicted the World to Oil and Derailed the Alternatives.
Black also addressed a special assemblage of doctors, detailing the history of American eugenics and its organic connection to Nazi eugenics. From there, Black shuttled to Peace Week, where he corporate complicity in the Holocaust based on his bestseller Nazi Nexus. This was followed by a second event devoted to his acclaimed new book, The Farhud--Roots of The Arab-Nazi Alliance in the Holocaust. His concluding event was oil addiction presentation based on his award-winning book Internal Combustion--How Corporations and Governments Addicted the World to Oil and Derailed the Alternatives.
On October 22, Black will wrap-up his Tampa Bay tour, offering St. Petersburg Festival of Reading book fair a lecture entitled "Petropolitics, Oil and the Middle East," based on his bestseller British Petroleum and the Redline Agreement--The West's Secret Pact to Get Mideast Oil. The appearance is jointly sponsored by University of South Florida-St. Petersburg, the St. Petersburg Times, and Pasco-Hernando Community College as part of Peace Week.