Peace Games Festival Coming to Yale

The 1998 Peace Games at Yale Festival will bring together students from nine New Haven area schools for a day of activities that explore cooperative problem-solving techniques. The media are invited to attend this lively, highly visual event on Saturday, April 4, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Workshops will include dance, improvisational theater, harmony and song, and creation of a mural dedicated to peace.

The Peace Games Festival caps a series of workshops designed to teach middle school students conflict resolution skills. The eight workshops, organized and conducted by Yale undergraduates, are held weekly in participating schools. As part of the program, students invent and play non-competitive games. The best games are shared at the Festival, along with other challenging – and hilarious – activities devised by the Yale student organizers.

This year Troup, Jackie Robinson, Fair Haven, Betsy Ross Arts Magnet, West Hills, Hamden, Our Lady of Victory, St. Vincent de Paul, and Sacred Heart (New Haven) schools will participate.

Yale groups assisting at the Festival include Dwight Hall at Yale, Alpha Phi Omega (co-ed service organization), Alpha Delta Pi, Jumpstart (pre-reading program), Splatter! Magazine (creative writing program for school children), Tangled Up in Blue (improvisation), Gospel Choir, Rhythmic Blue (dance group), Yale Children’s Theatre, and the Women’s Varsity Basketball and Men’s Varsity Football teams.

Peace Games at Yale is run by student volunteers. The program is under the auspices of Dwight Hall, which coordinates Yale College community service in cooperation with local instutions and agencies. For further information, contact Peace Games at Yale co-directors Tina Chung, 436-2873, or Pamela Cogan, 436-3246; or Festival director Dalia Hochman, 436-0902.

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Gila Reinstein: gila.reinstein@yale.edu, 203-432-1325