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Hostelling International Chicago 2012 Peace Conference: Disruptive Thinking

Hostelling International Chicago

Saturday, October 27, 2012 at 8:00 AM - Sunday, October 28, 2012 at 5:00 PM (CDT)

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Student (must present valid ID at registration) Ended $10.00 $0.00
General admission Ended $15.00 $0.00
HI-Chicago Volunteer (must present ID) Ended Free $0.00

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“The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the stormy present.” (Abraham Lincoln)

This conference, hosted by Hostelling International Chicago, promotes peace through innovative thinking, pushing traditional boundaries, and active participation in our communities.  Conference registrants will have the opportunity to attend workshops and roundtable discussions with diverse local experts and community leaders; visit a local art gallery; attend a film screening and discussion presented by the Peace on Earth Film Festival; cultivate inner peace with a certified yoga instructor; enjoy an interactive, multicultural music and dance showcase presented by Old Town School of Folk Music; and benefit from built-in networking time.

Workshop topics will include peace through travel, sustainable agriculture, gun violence in Chicago, women's empowerment and peace; art and social justice; Israeli-Palestinian peace; and innovative international connections.

Keynote presentation by disruptive thinker Dr. Norman G. Finkelstein: What Gandhi Said.

Dr. Finkelstein received his doctorate in 1988 from the Department of Politics at Princeton University.  For many years, he taught political theory and the Israel-Palestine conflict, and is a sharp critic of American-Israeli relations.  You may know him as the professor who was denied tenure at DePaul for his controversial research, and whose students conducted a sit-in and hunger strike following the university's decision.  

Don Atapattu described the unconventional thinker in his 2001 article as such:

"Professor Norman Finkelstein is one of a dying breed of American mavericks that relentlessly defies any attempt at easy categorization. He is the son of Holocaust survivors but an unremitting critic of Holocaust reparation claims; a Jew but is a life-long anti Zionist; and though very much a Leftist, he is often praised by far Right revisionists of the Third Reich, such as Hitler-admiring historian David Irving.Dr. Finkelstein is the author of six books that have been translated into more than 40 languages.

Often lambasted for his intemperate approach, Finkelstein is unlikely to win popularity contests in America for the language he employs, as much as his arguments. Like his close friend and mentor Noam Chomsky, Norman Finkelstein is not one to mince his words."

Stay tuned for a final schedule and all speaker bios.  Other participating speakers and organizations include, but are not limited to:

  • Plant Chicago
  • Peterson Garden Project
  • Ceasefire Illinois
  • Vaudezilla Productions and Burlesque
  • Women Advancing Microfinance
  • Global Alliance of Artists
  • North Branch Projects
  • WorldChicago
  • CCI Greenheart
  • Dr. Donald Wagner
  • After School Matters/Gallery 37
  • Young Chicago Authors
  • Amy Weber (certified yoga instructor)
  • The music and dance showcase is presented by Old Town School of Folk Music.

The music and dance showcase is presented by Old Town School of Folk Music. Lineup:


Rene Cardoza (traditional Mexican dance) Rene was born and raised in Mexico City where he was mentored by his father, who is considered a master of Mexican folk music and dance.  He received training in the disciplines of jazz, ballet, and modern dance from faculty of the well-respected Compania Nacional de Danza de Mexico (classical ballet), Ballet Nacional de Mexico, Ballet Teatro del Espacio and Antares modern dance company via his time as part of the world famous Ballet Folklorico de Mexico de Amalia Hernandez.  


Rob Cruz (multi-ethnic solo accordion) is the grandson of Italian & Polish Chicagoans & Mexican Detroiters. His accordion music presents a potpourri of Latin,  klezmer, Continental, & contemporary American styles that reflect the diversity of Chicago's living accordion traditions.


Neu (world percussion) is an eclectic mixture of unlikely suspects performing heartfelt songs with a strong global pulse.  It's energetically smooth dance music all the way from the big bang to your neighborhood corner!     


The mini film festival is presented by Peace on Earth Film Festival.  The festival is on Sunday, October 28 and runs from 2:00 p.m. until 5:30 p.m.  


Living for 32 (USA/2010 -- 40 min) - Short Doc.  Director: Kevin Breslin.  Theme: Gun Control and the struggle for survival and understanding.  The inspirational story of Colin Goddard, a survivor of the tragic Virginia Tech campus shooting massacre, April 16, 2007. In Living for 32, Colin shares an intimate account of the terror he and his classmates endured and the courageous journey of renewal and hope he chose to pursue.


PAPIROFLEXIA (USA/ 2007 -- 3 min) – Animation.  2008 POEFF Winner - Best Animation.  Director: Joaquin Baldwin.  Theme: Transforming the world, is a metamorphosis of the self.  Winner of numerous film festival awards, Papiroflexia (Spanish for “Origami”) is the animated tale of Fred, a skillful paper folder who could shape the world with his hands.


Angela's Garden  (USA/2011 -- 16 min) - Short Doc (Student).  Director(s): Chris Bentley, Kristofor Husted & Matthew O’Connor.  Theme: transformation of a neighborhood through gardening (Chicago).  Angela Taylor turns to her community garden on Chicago’s west side to help deal with the loss of her father, fight drug dealing and crime in her neighborhood, and foster a sense of pride on her block.


FRIDAY  (UK/ 2011 -- 17 min) -- Short Narrative.  Director: Sebastian Rice-Edwards.  Theme: Revenge cannot mend a broken heart.  The story of a teenager struggling to come to terms with the death of his mother on the one-year anniversary of the tragic event that took her life.


Faith in Common (US / 2010 -- 29 min) - Short Narrative/Comedy.  2012 POEFF Student Voices for Peace Award (grades 6 - 8) Most Inspiring Story.  Director: Andrew Newell.  Theme: Let the children lead you to compassion, understanding and tolerance.  Agnes Goins she is worried for her son's spiritual well-being because his father, David, isn't much of a believer. This worry comes to the surface when an Iranian Muslim family, the Alizadehs, move in next door. The Goins want nothing to do with their new Muslim neighbors. Mr. Alizadeh responds in kind to his Christian neighbors. Only Matthew and his counterpart in the Alizadeh family, Anisa, seem to find a connection.


Your registration is good for both days.  There will be workshops on both Saturday and Sunday mornings, followed by interactive activities.

The conference runs from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Saturday at 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Sunday.

Space is limited, so get your tickets now!  Don't miss this chance to interact with community leaders and your peers while advocating for peaceful change in Chicago and the world!  For more information or any questions about the conference, contact HI-Chicago Community Liaison Sharday El-Assar at activities.chicago@hiusa.org or 312-583-2227.



Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?

If you purchased a student ticket online, you must bring a valid and current student ID to check-in on the weekend of the conference.


What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?

There is no parking lot for Hostelling International Chicago.  We recommend you take CTA.  The hostel is services by many buses and "el" lines.


What can/can't I bring to the event?

We will be providing breakfast for you on both days.  We recommend you bring a bag lunch, however there are several restaurants within walking distance.  We will provide you with a neighborhood map.


Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Contact Hostelling International Chicago Community Liaison Sharday El-Assar at activities.chicago@hiusa.org or 312-583-2227.


Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?



Have questions about Hostelling International Chicago 2012 Peace Conference: Disruptive Thinking? Contact Hostelling International Chicago

When & Where

Hostelling International Chicago
24 E Congress Pkwy
Chicago, IL 60605

Saturday, October 27, 2012 at 8:00 AM - Sunday, October 28, 2012 at 5:00 PM (CDT)

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Hostelling International Chicago

Hostelling International USA (HI USA) is a nonprofit, member organization founded on an enduring belief in the power of travel to foster a deeper understanding of people, places, and the world around. HI USA promotes a dynamic community of global citizens who have the wisdom and humanity to actively make the world a better place. As the nation’s leading hostel brand, HI USA hosts more than 1 million overnights annually, with guests from more than 100 countries. For over 80 years, HI USA has provided a network of affordable hostels in converted mansions, reinvented lighthouses, and historic urban buildings all across the country.

Our more than 50 hostels nationwide facilitate interaction among people from diverse backgrounds, from across the country and around the world. As our community of travelers gets to know each another, they are discovering their similarities and their differences, expanding their world views as they build friendships.

In addition to getting to know their fellow travelers, we also strive for guests to connect with the local community and to inspire the local community to experience the transformative power of travel. This symbiotic relationship is especially important for breaking down stereotypes. By thinking beyond typical guidebook recommendations, our hostellers are able to see the place they’re visiting through the eyes of locals. It becomes more about gaining a deeper insight of what life is like in the area, as opposed to checking off a list of typical tourist attractions.

HI USA is part of Hostelling International (HI), a collection of more than 4,000 hostels worldwide, whose roots stretch back to the beginning of the hostelling movement more than 100 years ago. The HI brand is a seal of approval recognized around the world.

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