Press Releases

May 12, 2003
Friends World Preview Day to Focus on Peace and Reconciliation Program

Patricia Conway
(631) 287 8313
Fax: (631) 283 4081

The Friends World Program of Long Island University will hold a Preview Day on Monday, May 19th at Southampton College's Chancellor's Hall. The day's activities, scheduled to begin at 9:00 a.m., will include faculty and student presentations, discussions on student success and academic expectations, and an opportunity to meet students, staff and faculty of the program. An overview of the London Center's newly implemented Peace and Reconciliation Program will also take place.

Kathleen Modrowski, faculty advisor for the North American Center, will give an introduction of the Friends World Program at 9:30 a.m., followed by Dr. Robert Glass, The Friends World Dean. Faculty presenters include distinguished faculty from the Friends World European Center who will explore opportunities and challenges facing future global scholars.

Dr. Chris Penny, director of the European Center of the Friends World Program, will speak at 10:00 a.m. Penny has developed and taught classes on Irish History and Politics, Research Methodology, Eastern Europe and Conflict Resolution. In 2002, he pioneered the very successful Peace and Reconciliation Program in London.

Following Dr. Penny will be Dr. Rajini Pani, who teaches Communication Skills for the Foundation Year Program. A member of the Indian History Congress, and an associate member of the Interfaith Association in Israel, Dr. Pani focuses her academic specializations on Global History and World Art and Literature. A graduate of Bangalore University in India, she holds both Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Contemporary European Studies and Modern India and a Doctoral degree in Cultural and Colonial history.

These talks will be followed by student presentations, lunch and a boat trip out of Shinnecock Bay.

The Friends World program requires classroom study, immersion language training and independent fieldwork in at least two foreign cultures. Under faculty guidance, students develop skills and competencies in a major academic field by combining research, hands-on experience and analytical writing.

Founded by the Quakers in 1965, Friends World became nonsectarian in the mid-1970s. In the 1991-92 academic year, Friends World affiliated with Long Island University and received full accreditation by The Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. The program is currently based at Long Island University's Southampton College. Friends World has other centers in China, Costa Rica, England, India, and Japan.

For more information on Preview Day contact the Admissions Office of Friends World at (631) 287-8474 or via e-mail at