Climate change and extreme disasters are sweeping the global community. The socio-ecological crises that humanity is facing, such as climate change, resource depletion, virus outbreaks, life extinction, social polarization and inequality, require us to make different choices and challenges than ever before. Now, humankind must overcome the common crisis of the global society and move toward a new civilization. What should we change and where should we go?
The 2021 Peace BAR Festival (PBF) hosted by Kyung Hee University System explores the direction of the transitional civilization in transition emerging from this global sense of crisis. Reading the problems of the paradigm of modern civilization as crises of consciousness, politics, knowledge, and everyday life, we seek a new direction for transformation. We intend to redesign the overall crisis of the present society is in the coherent and integrated narrative of a transformed civilization.
First, a shift in consciousness. Changes in individuals’ consciousness is a prerequisite in order to protect the earth, our collective home. Such changes must be geared toward restoring human creativity as a basis for unshackling human civilization from the myths of growth and consumption.
Second, a shift in knowledge. It starts with a critical reflection on the limitations of human-centered knowledge production that has powered human civilization over the centuries, which leads to an ecological transition from earth-bound knowledge to planetary knowledge that transcends territorial boundaries to encompass the whole universe.
Third, a shift in politics. Pursue global civic actions and governance for global politics. To avoid the climate apocalypse scenario and to protect protecting earthly civilization, we need to bring human and non-human actors into the realm of politics. This calls for constructing a global community at the planetary level where Earth’s ecological system is an integral part.
Kyung Hee University System has held the PBF every year since the 1st UN World Peace Day. This year, on the 40th anniversary of the International Day of Peace, the Kyung Hee University System launched ‘Miwon Peace Institute’ which encompasses establishing Global Academy Future Civilizations in each Kyung Hee University, Cyber University, and Medical Center. Miwon Peace Institute will plans and implement global civic cooperation agendas as a universal Kyung Hee future peace project platform and will continue its quest towards a better global society.
This year’s PBF will hold a series of dialogues until the second half of this year, focusing on the central agenda “No Time to Lose: A Quest for Immediate Action for Planetary Crisis”. It will be a place to propose a socio-ecological transitional civilization that will save human civilization from the global apocalypse and to pursue common planetary ethics and norms. We look forward to the participation and support of those who are interested in the future of society and future generations.
Period: Friday, Sept. 17th, 2021 to Dec. 17th, 2021
|Host||Kyung Hee University System|
|Organizer||KHU Global Academy for Future Civilizations, Kyung Hee Cyber University, KHU Medical Center|
Sept. 17th (Friday) 16:00~16:50 (Korean Standard Time)
In celebration of the 40th International Day of Peace, the dialogue series has adopted as its theme ‘No Time to Lose: A Quest for Immediate Action for Planetary Crisis.’ The program will bring together intellectuals and activists from home and abroad to underscore the imperativeness of a planetary-level transition in human civilization to stave off looming global disasters such as climate change, depleting resources, global pandemics, life crisis, and social bipolarization and ensure a better future for the global community. Key to the transition is facing up to the limitations of modern knowledge systems and instituting broad shifts in mentalities, knowledge, everyday life, and politics.
Update Report on International Day of Peace
Voice of Future Generation
Recitation of Commemorative Poem
Sept. 17th (Friday) 17:00~18:00 (Korean Standard Time)
The destructive ideologies of modern civilization are putting all life on Earth at risk. Averting the danger requires a transition toward a completely new set of paradigms and a new foundation of ethical norms that can be universally accepted and upheld by global citizens. It is in this context that the Festival has organized a talk series that invites some of the world’s best minds to diagnose the problems of modern civilization and share their thoughts on the construction of a new future-oriented, global, democratic governance for the world’s common good and future. Kicking off the series will be Dr. Ervin Laszlo, Founder and President of The Club of Budapest, who will address the urgency of ‘mindset or consciousness shifts’ as a prerequisite for successfully tackling the crisis of modern civilization and setting a new course of evolution for the future.
Oct. 15th (Friday) 10:30~11:50 (Korean Standard Time)
Dialogue II will feature Dr. Ehrlich, a renowned American professor in population studies, who will offer insights into the destiny of Homo sapiens trapped in the myth of limitless growth. Scholars warn that Earth’s capacity to support the coexistence of people and nature that has continued since time immemorial is nearing a breaking point. The dialogue will shed light on what kind of earth knowledge and practices are needed to save the future of human society from the looming crisis.
Oct. 15th (Friday) 10:30~11:50 (Korean Standard Time)
This dialogue will feature Avi Loeb, Harvard professor of astronomy, who has championed research challenging Earth-centered conventional views on the universe. Dr. Loeb’s discussion of the possible existence of space aliens will set the stage for rethinking our astronomical views and pondering the meaning of human civilization in the broader context of the universe, which will lead to an exploration of ways to restructure human knowledge systems to suit alternative takes on the cosmos.
Nov. 26th (Friday) 16:00~17:20 (Korean Standard Time)
The presenter for this dialogue will be Dr. Hans Joachim Schellnhuber, founding director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research. Dr. Schellnhuber will discuss the threat of the climate change age and the breaking point at which the Earth system will no longer be able to support its inhabitants. The dialogue will be an opportunity to contemplate the apocalyptic scenarios about Earth’s climate system and what can be done to head them off for a healthier Earth down the road.
Dec. 17th (Friday) 10:30~11:50 (Korean Standard Time)
This part of the dialogue series wraps up the program with discussions about how to reset the future direction of human civilization to successfully cope with the multitude of threats it faces and design a new global governance system suitable for a more sustainable future human society.
Founder and President, The Club of Budapest
Professor, Humanitas College, Kyung Hee University
Emeritus Chair Professor, Department of Biology Stanford University
Distinguished Professor of EcoScience, Ehwa Women’s University
Frank B. Baird Jr. Professor of Science, Department of Astronomy, Harvard University
Professor, Department of Physics & Astronomy, Seoul National University
Founder and first director of Potsdam Climate Impact Research Institute
Professor, Future Human Science School, Kyung Hee Cyber University
Peace BAR Festival celebrates humanity's efforts towards overcoming conflict and confrontations to work towards peace and mutual prosperity. This festival began in 2004 with the groundbreaking ceremony for the UN Peace Park and Global NGO Complex, which was an extension of the 1999 Seoul International Conference of NGOs co-hosted by Kyung Hee University, UN NGO/DPI, and CoNGO.
BAR is an acronym for the 60-year tradition of pursuing a 21st century society that is "spiritually Beautiful, materially Affluent, humanly Rewarding."
The Peace BAR Festival seeks to create a global community founded on the common values of peace and mutual prosperity by bringing together academia, the UN, NGOs, business partnerships, and the public in various programs such as academic conferences, art and culture festivals, social service projects, and youth forums.
In 2009, which marked the University's 60th anniversary, Kyung Hee celebrated the UN International Day of Peace by holding the Kyung Hee Peace Workshop. This event was organized by the Kyung Hee University Global Academy for Future Civilizations