Panel Discussion “Peer to Peer: Challenging Extremism”

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Yesterday LCC students in the International Relations and Development program’s Research Methods class signaled their participation in the “Story in My Eyes” campaign by hosting their first panel discussion as part of the international competition “Peer to Peer: Challenging Extremism”.

The panel discussion, the topic of which was “how to make young people more active in counteracting intolerance/prejudice,“ was the first of the events that the students will be hosting as a part of the project. The panel topic dovetails with the overarching theme of the international competition: Challenging Extremism, which aims to galvanize young people to proactively oppose bigotry and fanaticism in their societies.

The LCC student panel discussion was inspired by a quote from John Stuart Mill: “Bad men need nothing more to compass their ends, than that good men should look on and do nothing”. The idea behind “Story in My Eyes” is to help young people realize that every person has a unique point of view; therefore it is valuable to try to understand the unique perspectives of others.