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Saturday, January 19, 2013

2003 Nobel Laureate, PeaceJam, Belmont, and STARS on Living Your Best Life with Genma Holmes

 Update Dr. Ebadi's Message and audio of show can be found here.

 Living Your Best Life is excited to help promote positive change in our communities with local, national, and international leaders. Living Your Best Life believes strongly that we must be the change we want to see in the world.

On Saturday, January 19, 2013, Living Your Best Life will broadcast a special message from 2003 Nobel Peace Laureate, Dr. Shirin Ebadi, the first Iranian woman to be awarded a Nobel Peace Prize. Dr. Shirin Ebadi will be in Nashville January 25-27, 2013 for the PeaceJam Mid-South Partnership with Belmont University and STARS.  Hear Dr. Ebadi share why she is so dedicated to promoting peace while fighting for the rights of women and children in the Middle East and around the world.

We will also hear from Dr. Mimi Barnard, Belmont’s assistant provost for interdisciplinary studies and global education. Dr. Mimi Barnard will share Belmont's role in bringing Dr. Ebadi to the Midsouth area and Belmont's affiliation with PeaceJam. She will also discuss why educational institutions, like Belmont, are global leaders in promoting peace and justice by being loving neighbors while educating students to be change agents locally.

In studio, STARS, Donoven Rice, an outstanding student at Beech High School will join us. Listen to him share why he is involved with PeaceJam's Belmont-STARS collaboration. He will share how the students will work along side Dr. Ebadi and how this experience with world leaders will help shape leaders of the future.

This show promises to empower, inspire, and motivate us to be proactive in making a difference in our communities and will challenge listeners to think outside the box to help make our world a better place.

 Living Your Best Life can be heard on 760 AM in the Middle-Tennessee Region, military bases, and streamed live on U-Stream.TV from 9-10AM CST.

 More About Dr. Shirin Ebadi

Shirin Ebadi (Persian: شيرين عبادىŠirin Ebādi; born 21 June 1947) is an Iranian lawyer, a former judge and human rights activist and founder of Defenders of Human Rights Center in Iran. On 10 October 2003, Ebadi was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for her significant and pioneering efforts for democracy and human rights, especially women's, children's, and refugee rights. She was the first ever Iranian to receive the prize.

Ebadi lived in Tehran, but she has been in exile in the UK since June 2009 due to the increase in persecution of Iranian citizens who are critical of the current regime. In 2004, she was listed by Forbes magazine as one of the "100 most powerful women in the world". She is also included in a published list of the "100 most influential women of all time." For more about the life of Dr. Ebadi click here.

More about PeaceJam 

The PeaceJam Foundation is an international organization whose missions statement is "to create young leaders committed to positive change in themselves, their communities and the world through the inspiration of Nobel Peace Laureates who pass on the spirit, skills, and wisdom they embody." The PeaceJam program was launched in February 1996 by co-founders Dawn Engle and Ivan Suvanjieff to provide the Nobel Peace Prize Laureates with a programmatic vehicle to use in working together to teach youth the art of peace.

To date, 13 Nobel Peace Laureates, including the 14th Dalai Lama, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Rigoberta Menchú Tum, President Oscar Arias, Adolfo Pérez Esquivel, Mairead Corrigan Maguire, Betty Williams, José Ramos-Horta, Aung San Suu Kyi, Sir Joseph Rotblat (Emeritus), Jody Williams, Shirin Ebadi and Leymah Gbowee serve as Members of the PeaceJam Foundation. On September 15, 2006 ten of the Nobel Laureates launched the PeaceJam Foundation's Global Call to Action with the youth of the world as a part of PeaceJam's 10th Anniversary Celebration.

The PeaceJam Foundation was a nominee for the 2008 Nobel Peace Prize. For More About PeaceJam click here.

More About Belmont

 Belmont University is a student-centered Christian community providing an academically challenging education that empowers men and women of diverse backgrounds to engage and transform the world with disciplined intelligence, compassion, courage and faith.

Ranked No. 7 in the Regional Universities South category and named for the fifth consecutive year as one of the top “Up-and-Comer” universities by U.S. News & World Report, Belmont University consists of approximately 6,650 students who come from every state and 25 countries. Committed to being a leader among teaching universities, Belmont brings together the best of liberal arts and professional education in a Christian community of learning and service. The university’s purpose is to help students explore their passions and develop their talents to meet the world’s needs, a fact made evident in the University’s hometown, Nashville, where students served more than 60,000 hours of community service (valued at $450,000) during the last academic year. Belmont is also home to the World Cup champion Enactus team, a group of 42 student leaders committed to using the power of entrepreneurial action to transform lives and shape a better, more sustainable world. With more than 80 areas of study, 23 master’s programs and five doctoral degrees, there is no limit to the ways Belmont University can expand an individual's horizon.

More About Dr. Mimi Barnard

Dr. Mimi Barnard serves as Assistant Provost for Interdisciplinary Studies and Global Education at Belmont University. In this role, she is responsible for overseeing Belmont’s interdisciplinary and adult degree programs; global education and partnerships, including PeaceJam, a collaboration with STARS that brings a Nobel Peace Laureate to campus annually; and international student programming.

More About STARS Nashville

 STARS(Students Taking the Right Stand) is the leader in school-based Student Assistance Program services in Middle Tennessee. At STARS, we help schools tackle tough issues that threaten the emotional, psychological and academic well-being of area students — issues such as substance abuse, violence, bullying, harassment, family conflicts and divorce, grief and loss, and myriad  other concerns. Through assemblies, classroom presentations, and group or individual counseling sessions, STARS assists schools in preventing and confronting these difficult challenges.

Schools across the mid-state region attending PeaceJam are: Brentwood Middle, Fairview Middle, Freedom Middle, Gra-Mar Midde, Grassland Middle, Heritage Middle, Hillsboro Middle, Jere Baxter Middle, Page Middle, Spring Station Middle, Sunset Middle, Woodland Middle, Wright Middle, Brentwood High, Centennial High, Fairview High, Franklin High, Glencliff High, Maplewood High, Middle College, Oakland High, Page High, Peal Cohn, West Wilson High.

Students will take ten issues back to their schools to consider tackling at the January PeaceJam from ending poverty and global disease to breaking the cycle of violence and ending racism and hate. The students will work with Dr. Ebadi to determine their final joint project as well as  focus on a community service project in the Nashville area.

Donoven Rice  

Donoven Darshawn Rice is a sophomore at Beech High School. Donoven is a member of  Stars (Students Taking A Right Stand) and Noah's Promise (No Alcohol in High School).  He plays football for his school and is a member of the the Sumner County rugby team. Donoven lives with his mother,  Donna, and has a 20 year old brother who is an E-3 in the. U.S Airforce. In his spare time, he enjoys cooking, signing, playing play station3 and speaking to younger kids about staying drug and alcohol free. Donoven plans to attend the Ohio State University as an athlete. He plans to major in criminal justice and minor in psychology.

For more ticket information go to Belmont at

Photo Credits: PeaceJam, Belmont University, STARS, Dr. Barnard, and Donoven Rice
Special Thanks Belmont, PeaceJam, Nobel Peace Prize Headquarters, STARS and members of the USAF/MCO for their help.

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