Seeds of Hope Exhibition at University of Guelph-Humber
By Paul Sherman, Toronto
"Seeds of Hope" exhibtion at the University of Guelph-Humber
The “Seeds of Hope” exhibition was hosted at the University Guelph-Humber’s North Atrium from February 27 – March 1. The exhibition, which stresses our interconnectedness with all life, and highlights the importance of human and ecological sustainability, was presented as part of the university’s Global Citizenship course taught by SGI Canada practitioner, Dr. Paul Sherman. The course aims at helping students explore and critically examine the various meanings of global citizenship, deepen their responsibilities as global citizens and explore ways that they might contribute to improved social wellbeing.
The “Seeds of Hope” exhibition was used as an example of how individuals can take positive action as global citizens. Students in the course were asked to complete an assignment in which they described their impressions of the exhibit as well as their discussions with exhibit viewers. Many students commented on how the spirit of personal empowerment was stressed throughout the exhibit, which left them inspired to take action as global citizens.
Following are comments from some of the exhibit viewers:
“My overall impression of the exhibit was that it had many great strategies and approaches toward creating change and understanding of what a global citizen is.”
“I hope that the people who were able to visit the display understand more what it means to be a global citizen!”
“I was struck by the first panel statement, ‘It starts with one.’ Perhaps this display will start people on their path to being a global citizen. Hopefully, people walked away from the display with a little more knowledge, inspiration and empowerment.”
“It was an opportunity for students to find out how to overcome powerlessness and encourage them to believe that a single person can make a difference and an impact in the global community. I also enjoyed how it stressed everyone's and everything's interconnectedness with the rest of the community of life and the need to broaden our sphere of compassion and concern. I really liked how it inspired more of a positive vision for sustainable living. I hope that it made as much of an impact on other students as it did on me.”