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  • Writer's pictureMackenzie Slusser

Cultural Network hosts Peace One Day event

Updated: Dec 11, 2022

On September 21, UAFS’ student organization, Cultural Network, held a “Peace One Day” event to celebrate World Peace Day. 


Many guest speakers took part in this year’s event, including members of the Baha’i Club, Director of the Literary Council of Western Arkansas, Bente Erikson, Members of the Muslim Medical Students Association from Arkansas College of Osteopathic Medicine (ARCOM), Director of the UAFS Gallery of Art and Design, Dr. Matt Bailey and more. 


When asked what the Peace One Day event means to her, Co-President of Cultural Network, Emilee Hatwig, said, “For me, it was a wonderful opportunity to see people come together and try new things, like a Healing Drum Circle, or listen to others share their experiences, such as the Muslim Medical Students of America with ARCOM.”


Attendees got to listen to spiritual readings about peace by members of the UAFS Baha’i Club, learn the Elm Dance, and listen to talks about peace being achieved through art, cultural education, and much more.


Peace One Day was primarily organized by Dr. Ann-Gee Lee, professor and supervisor of Cultural Network, “Putting on this event means more awareness. Though it was small this year, I could tell that people cared about it,” Dr. Lee said. 


With more awareness, Dr. Lee hopes Fort Smith could become a City of Compassion one day, too.


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