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Feb 24, 2015

Wil Smith touched many lives in his many roles as coach, mentor and counselor
| PORTLAND PRESS HERALD

The 2000 Bowdoin College graduate died Sunday from colon cancer, leaving what Sen. Angus King called “a hole in the heart of our community.” Whether he was coaching young girls to play basketball or counseling teenagers from a war-torn region of the world, Wil Smith was always there when he was needed. “He had boundless energy and enthusiasm for life,” said Tim Gilbride, the men’s basketball coach at Bowdoin. “And that was contagious to other people. He could get people … FULL STORY

Feb 23, 2015

Wil Smith, gifted mentor at Seeds of Peace and educator at Bowdoin, dies
| PORTLAND PRESS HERALD

The single father inspired young people in his roles as a staff member at the international peace camp in Otisfield and as a faculty member at Bowdoin College. Since before his time in the Navy and then as a fixture at Bowdoin College, Wil Smith had a gift of working with children. As associate director of Seeds of Peace’s International Camp in Otisfield, he had an undeniable ability to connect with kids, whether they came from troubled pasts nearby or … FULL STORY

Nov 10, 2014

Sowing Seeds of Peace | IMAGINE MAGAZINE

2014 American Seed Arija reflects on her summer at Camp. Imagine Magazine is published by the Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth.

Oct 28, 2014

Fall 2014 | NEWSLETTER

Sep 23, 2014

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas: Seeds of Peace "is the future"

NEW YORK | In a speech on the eve of the United Nations General Assembly meeting, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas outlined his vision for peace and pointed skeptics to Seeds of Peace. “To those who say peace between Israelis and Palestinians is impossible, I say, let them visit America. I say, let them visit Maine,” he said to an audience at Cooper Union college on September 22. “In Maine every summer, young Palestinians, Israelis, Americans, Arabs, and others meet in … FULL STORY

Sep 17, 2014

Seeds of Peace responds to flawed, inaccurate Ha'aretz column

The Ha’aretz newspaper published a column by Matthew Kalman on September 15 titled “Will seeds of peace ever bloom.” The piece is very similar to a 2008 San Francisco Chronicle article by Kalman that also juxtaposes statistics from an unpublished 2008 study on various Israeli-Palestinian peacebuilding programs with an interview with a Seed. This is Seeds of Peace’s response to the article. There has been no response from Ha’aretz or Kalman. Dear Matthew, I very much appreciate that, like your … FULL STORY

Sep 10, 2014

Seeds of Peace: Not blind patriotism
| AFTERNOON DISPATCH & COURIER

Participants from regions of conflict attend a camp and discussed issues like the India-Pakistan conflict over Kashmir A group of teenagers who participated in this year’s Seeds of Peace camp returned from their three week tour at Maine, United States of America. Seeds of Peace was founded by American journalist John Wallach in 1993. The idea was to get people from the regions of conflict to come together and speak to each other so that they can understand the situation … FULL STORY

Aug 29, 2014

Maine summer camp gives kids from Israel, Gaza seeds for peace | FUSION

With tensions simmering in the Middle East, a bucolic lakeside summer camp in Otisfield, Maine, took 95 Israeli and Palestinian out of the conflict zone and hosted them as campers this month for a unique bonding experience. Some 6,000 miles removed from the fighting back home, the kids get to know one another in the woods of Maine, hoping that the lessons they learn at sleepover camp will one day help them work for peace back home. The camp, called … FULL STORY

Aug 22, 2014

Peace Through Friendship
| NEW YORK TIMES

WHEN two groups are in conflict, how can you improve relations between them? One strategy is to encourage positive personal contact among individuals from each group. If a Catholic and a Protestant in Northern Ireland would only sit down together to talk—learning about one another’s families, hearing about one another’s fears—the encounter, according to this approach, would foster understanding, humanize the enemy and lessen bigotry. The scholarly version of this idea is known as interpersonal contact theory. It’s an intriguing … FULL STORY


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