Session 6: May 19, 6:00 - 7:30 pm
How Nonviolence Works
J. Frederick Arment
There are many ways to work for peace and each method has many real-world examples of how nonviolence worked to make a better world. Yet how do we choose OUR personal way to work for peace? Fred Arment will lead a discussion on the motivations of peacemakers and shed light on the skills, traits, and values that underlay the methods and strategies of nonviolence.
J. Frederick Arment is Founding Director of the global organization International Cities of Peace. Arment's nonfiction books include "The Elements of Peace: How Nonviolence Works", released by McFarland Academic Publishers in 2012, and "The Economics of Peace: Freedom, the Golden Rule, and Broadening Prosperity", released in the fall of 2014. His novels include "Backbeat: A Novel of Physics" (2005) and a political thriller, "Synthesis" (2012). Arment was one of the five founders and the first director of the Dayton International Peace Museum. He served for six years as a first reader for the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, was a steering committee member for the Salem Avenue Peace Corridor, and an advisor to both the Salem Cultural Health Center and the Missing Peace Art Space. He was a Team Chair for the International Day of Peace NGO working with the United Nations and is the facilitator for the PEACE DAYton Collaborative Group planning Dayton's annual peace day celebrations.After earning a bachelor of science degree in history education at Wright State University, Arment received a master's in humanities with a focus on the eighteenth-century American and French Enlightenment period. His post-graduate study and publications have focused on the integrated disciplines of philosophy, peace, physics, and community redevelopment.
Matters of Thought from J. Fred Arment
I have always been drawn to what some consider the impossible, the implausible, the hapless idealistic dream. Challenging questions intrigue me. If all be told, they inspire me. Is peace a consensus value that is uniquely expressed in each of our lives? Can fundamental physics be revealing of the human condition? Is redemption a theological given that transcends our judgmental world? To shed light on such questions is improbable yet who is to determine failure or success? Might one thought, one sentence, one word tip the impossible to possible? I believe we have our purpose, you and I. "Only when a tree has fallen," said writer Anne Morrow Lindberg, "can you take the measure of it." Until then, take temporary measure and I hope you'll be pleased.