Inspirational speakers, community leaders, teachers and doers will help identify the critical issues of our time from the perspective of UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals… goals that can propel us
Inspirational speakers, community leaders, teachers and doers will help identify the critical issues of our time from the perspective of UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals… goals that can propel us into effective, urgent, unified, mindful action for good.
2 Days of International Fun and Friendship in Southeast Iowa—
World Fair Field Symposium and International Festival
September 21 and 22, 2018
When people describe what they love about Fairfield and Jefferson County, high on the list is our quality of life—a vibrant business community, active civic organizations, quality education and a thriving arts scene.
Equally vibrant—and a driving force behind all of these other factors—is our rich and varied cultural heritage. The city of Fairfield is one of the most diverse cities in Iowa: 15% of our residents are foreign-born, as Chinese, Indians, Africans and Latinas, among others, join Native Americans and European immigrants from earlier eras. This is equally true of neighboring cities such as Ottumwa and Mt. Pleasant.
On Friday, September 21 and Saturday, September 22, 2018, we will be tapping into two critical aspects of our community—a commitment to mutual prosperity that ensures sustainable access to resources as well as a celebration of our diverse cultural heritage.
Friday, the official United Nations International Day of Peace, will be marked with a symposium on the theme of “Compassionate Community, Compassionate Civilization” The event, held at the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center Sondheim Theater and Argiro Center on the Maharishi University campus, will enhance global awareness and encourage local civic involvement by engaging students with businesses and civic organizations dedicated to meeting common sustainability goals.
Partners for this event include Iowa Wesleyan University, Maharishi School, Maharishi University and the Fairfield Cultural Alliance, with participants coming from independent and public schools and colleges across Iowa. Our keynote speaker for the morning session, beginning with registration at 9:30 at the Sondheim (FACC), is Robertson Work, former principal policy advisor with the UN and professor at NYU. It will also include a panel presentation showcasing efforts locally and in the region to implement the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals.
The afternoon session will be held on the campuses of Maharishi University and the Maharishi School, opens with a plenary address by Tom Morgan, a foremost authority on cross-cultural skills, followed by break-out sessions where participants can attend interactive workshops facilitated by the community leaders who presented in the morning. The goal of the event is to engage students and community members in a partnership for action and service, integrating resources and experience with commitment to create, as Work puts it, a “movement of movements.” The event will be inaugurated by Fairfield Mayor Ed Malloy and presenters will include David Suarez, a community organizer with Community First Credit Union, Dr. Morad Malekghasemmi, who serves on the Iowa State Board of the UN Association, among others.