02.10.2012 - UNESCO Office in Brasilia

Culture of Peace Committee hosts 100th Forum in São Paulo

If we condemn violence for being unfair, how can we treat it with fairness? The question is the theme of the 100th Forum of the Culture of Peace Committee that takes place in MASP auditorium (Museum of Art of São Paulo), with free entrance, on Tuesday 9 September, at 7pm.

The product of a partnership between Palas Athena Foundation and UNESCO, the Forum will gather in a roundtable the Professors  Candido Alberto Gomes of Universidade Católica de Brasília, Ubiratan D’Ambrósio, of Unicamp, and Therezinha Fram, educator and psychologist.

Core roundtable themes

•    Today, there are multiple society models starting with that of market economy, industrialization and violence. But among them, still survives that of human rights and historical survival. All the options involve costs and possibilities. Can a society survive without ethics? Is it even compatible with present societies? What are the possible futures for capitalist and proto-capitalist societies? Can societies survive without people as their members?
Candido Alberto Gomes is a member of the UNESCO Chair for Youth, Education and Society at Universidade Católica de Brasília and tenured professor of the Graduation Program in Education at the same university. He authored over 250 books published in 10 different languages. He was a legislative aide at the Federal Senate and the National Constitution Assembly. He has been giving consultancy to several public national and international entities namely UNESCO.

•    The culture of a social group is caracterized by their set of shared knowledge, compatible behavior and agreed upon value systems. There is such a thing as accepted violence today as a cultural fact. Our effort consists on enabling the same species that produced a culture of violence to build a culture of peace.
Ubiratan D’Ambrosio is a PhD in Mathematics by USP and Professor Emeritus at UNICAMP. He was a member of the Pugwash Council from 1988 to 1996. He is presently Professor of the Graduate Program in Mathematics Education at UNIBAN and accredited member of the Faculty of Education at USP and the Institute of Geosciences and Exact Sciences at UNESP.

•    The complexity and the difficulties of the contemporary world are challenging people, institutions and communities with serious threats to their balance and harmony. Governmental, institutional and social movement initiatives can contribute to the understanding and the undertaking of viable solutions.
Therezinha Fram an educator and psychologist. She was a Professor of Education and Psychology at the Public School System of São Paulo and at PUC-SP.  She was also Municipal and State Secretary of Social Welfare. She implemented and directed the Center for Human Resources and Educational Research and the Coordination of Studies and Pedagogical Norms of the State Secretariat of Education. She was president of the State Council for the Defense of the Rights of the Human Person.

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