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Culture of Peace and Social Justice Studies in New Hampshire
an article by Culture of Peace New Hampshire Blogspot

This month, in addition to planting a beautiful Ginkgo Biloba tree in the home of the future "PEACE GARDEN" at Plymouth State University (on Arbor Day), members of the campus community honored Professor Leo Sandy's many years of undergraduate teaching and university service at an informal reception at the Frost House.

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On May 11th, friends and fans gathered, nibbled, noshed and celebrated Leo at a small gathering on campus and chipped-in to purchase him a membership to The New Hampshire World Affairs Council (click here) -a local group dedicated to fostering learning, discussion and citizen involvement in world affairs around the state. The torch (or in this case, the UN flag) was passed to a new generation of peace activists who are dedicated to non-violent communication, peace pedagogy, conflict-resolution and social justice. We will proudly carry-on doing the good work that Leo began many decades ago at Plymouth State.

The Culture of Peace movement in New Hampshire wishes to acknowledge Dr. Sandy's many years of hard work and dedication to peace advocacy and activism locally, nationally and internationally. Although he is retiring from his undergraduate teaching career, he will continue to teach in the School Psychology and Parenting Education Certification programs via the College of Graduate Studies. Dr. Sandy will also continue to play an active role in supporting the NH Culture of Peace movement and will be instrumental in planning and consulting NH universities and colleges, as we continue the tradition of summits, workshops, conferences and outreach. Stay tuned for more information about the next Culture of Peace Summit (5th annual!) scheduled to take place next spring at Rivier College in Nashua, NH.

To learn more about Dr. Sandy's teaching career, awards, and publications, please visit his brag sheet or his university faculty page.

Thank you Leo Sandy!


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How do we keep up our spirits in an age of global terror?,

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I just found this wonderful blog on optimism in dark times, and feel like sharing it as widely as possible.  It is by Mazin Qumsiyeh, a scientist whom I met at Yale several years ago, but who has returned to be deeply involved in the struggle for justice in his homeland of Palestine.  It is posted on his blog at


Overall life is good and people are good.  Some people do foolish things once in a while: oppress, kill, steal land, destroy trees etc.  But life continues and people survive, adapt, and struggle to get to a better place.  Here in Palestine, the apricots (Mishmish) are in season and they are as sweet as can be.  Our village is known for Faqous (of the cucumber family) which is now also in season.  While Israeli colonizers took most of the agricultural land around the area, we still have some Sahouri Faqous and we still struggle to reclaim our rights. . ...more.

This report was posted on June 7, 2012.