LIU Global Students Attend International Youth Peace Festival in North India
Lindsey Amparo,Communications and Marketing
Long Island University
Brooklyn, N.Y. – Students at LIU Global’s India Center traveled to North India in early October, visiting cities like Chandigarh, Amritsar, Delhi and Agra and taking part in the International Youth Peace Festival, held on Mahatma Gandhi's birthday.
The group, which consisted of seven students and coordinator John Anugraha, faculty member Dr. Janaki Chundi, and Interim Director Alina Feld, traveled to Chandigarh—a planned city created after Independence, designed by French architect, Le Corbusier. There, they participated in the Peace Festival, which was held Oct. 2, Gandhi's birthday, in recognition of his role as the father of Indian independence and his commitment to non-violent change and to a world free from prejudice.
The festival aims to promote peace, equality and living in harmony with nature; to provide challenging intercultural learning experiences for young people; and to connect youth-based social change efforts across issues, geography, and all lines of difference, unleashing the collaborative power and collective action of today’s younger generations.
During the festival—with guest of honor Virbhadra Singh, chief minister of Himachal Pradesh—students interacted with individuals from across the world, engaged in traditional costume show, and enjoyed cultural performances from a variety of countries.
“I had a truly eye-opening experience during the Peace Festival,” said LIU Global student Mikaela Houghton.
After attending a discussion about human rights violations with Dr. Manjit Singh, a professor of Sociology at Punjab University Chandigarh, Houghton had a conversation about suicide bombing with an Afghani student. “I remembered why I came to LIU Global,” she recalls, “to have my eyes opened to global issues regarding students just like myself.”
Students in LIU Global’s India Center are currently studying Indian history, culture and politics and will continue their journey to Amritsar, where they will stay for two days before traveling to Delhi. As with all LIU Global programs, the travel to North India is integrated into student’s curriculum and is linked to the experiential method of Global College education.
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