Monday, the main discussion on Syracuse University's campus was about peace. Dignitaries from around the world including the Dalai Lama met to exchange ideas on how we can achieve it. Our Iris St. Meran joined us from the campus with more on the discussion.
SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- It was very fitting this forum was on a college campus. During the discussion on how to achieve peace, it focused on the important role young people play. It was a meeting of the minds at Syracuse University. The theme was peace and how to achieve it. Lots of ideas were exchanged. Including who could be involved. Panelists agreed there's no restriction on race or age.
Martin Luther King III said, "A forum like this gives us an opportunity to shine a light positive things to lift up positivity in our nation, in our society, in our world and gives young people and generations yet unborn hope."
One professor said her hope is the younger generation remains passionate about peace. Professor Irshad Manji acknowledged it won't be easy, but encourages everyone to be fearless in their pursuit.
"Young Muslims who are just brimming with questions and yet are afraid to voice those questions because of stigma because of ostracism," said Manji.
She says the fact that they have questions is a good sign of what's to come. Young adults who attended the sessions are hopeful about what they can do.
Syracuse alumni Kristin Morris said, "I think the real way to make lasting change or impressions is to find your own way to do it."
People left feeling empowered. Day two of the discussion continues with a talk from the Dalai Lama and ends with a concert bringing together artists from around the world on one stage.