Events & Schedule
The Octagon Conference 2015 has been scheduled for April 23-25, 2015 on the campus of Life University.
The 2015 iteration of The Octagon will be the second of a five-year cycle addressing the area of Integrity and Citizenship. Building on the tremendous success of the Octagon Conference 2014 this year’s participants will continue the development of the Center for Compassion, Integrity and Secular Ethics.
The twenty conferees of the Octagon Conference 2015 will include the participation of Mr. Richard Moore, founder of Children in Crossfire. Blinded as a child by a rubber bullet in Derry, Northern Ireland during the height of “the troubles”, Mr. Moore has been widely recognized for his efforts related to compassion and peace. His Holiness the Dalia Lama has identified Mr. Moore as “his hero” for his work in putting the spirit and intent of compassion and forgiveness to work so meaningfully in daily life.
Mr. Moore will be joined by his colleague from Children in Crossfire Caroline Murphy, Ph.D. Dr. Murphy works closely with Mr. Moore in developing and implementing curricula especially at the elementary school level helping to change the course of the next generation toward one of greater forgiveness and compassion. In addition to participating in the Octagon Conference 2015 Dr. Murphy has agreed to accept a scholar-in-residence position at Life University for the Spring Quarter 2015. In this capacity she will be working with Life University in implementing the educational programs successful in Northern Ireland in the United States.
Mr. Michael Winskell, Director at the Global Dialogues Trust will return to participate in the Octagon Conference 2015. Mr. Winskell, a close associate and collaborator with Mr. Moore, has been active in efforts to engage young people in learning about and addressing a wide range of challenges extending from AIDS awareness to peace studies.