Nonkilling Media Book Launch (March 4, 2014)

On Tues. March 4, 2014, at the Mike & Josie Harper Center on the campus of Creighton University, Dr. Maorong Jiang, Director of the AWC and the Asia Regional Coordinator for the Center for Global Nonkilling, officially launched their jointly published book, Nonkilling Media. This is the second in a series of nonkilling books co-published by the Asian World Center and Center for Global Nonkilling. This presentation occurred before a lecture delivered by Dr. Beverly Keever, author of Death Zones & Darling Spies: Seven Years of Vietnam War Reporting and the writer of the foreword for Nonkilling Media.

Nonkilling Media Book Launch by Asian World Center

Announcement by Dr. Maorong Jiang

"Good afternoon. My name is Maorong Jiang and I am the director of the Asian World Center at Creighton. I would like to take this opportunity to officially announce the publication of Nonkilling Media, a joint publication of the Asian World Center and Center for Global Nonkilling. Last year, I went to Honolulu to join Dr. Glenn Paige, founder of the Center for Global Nonkilling, and Mr. Joam Pim, director of the Center for Global Nonkilling, in launching our first joint publication Nonkiling Security and the State.

The concept of ‘nonkilling’, a term originally coined by Dr. Paige, refers to the absence of killing, threats to kill, and conditions conducive to killing in human society. This is a philosophy that we, as members of the Center for Global Nonkilling and the Nonkilling Consortium International, hope to promote in all aspects of society through the publication of our books and the delivering of lectures.

Housed under the Asian World Center, the Nonkilling Consortium International is an initiative that calls for efforts towards shifting the killing paradigm of states to a nonkilling paradigm of people, in particular by advocating a campaign for promoting these principles at schools across the world by creating ‘nonkilling campuses’.

I would like to take this opportunity to give my sincere thanks to Professor Glenn Paige and Director Joam Pim not only for their efforts with this book, but also for their commitment to creating a nonviolent world.

Let me also express my gratitude to our distinguished speaker, Dr. Beverly Keever, for taking the time to join us today for this book launch. Dr. Keever was a wartime correspondent in Vietnam who has helped us in producing this book by writing the foreword.

Along with our first book Nonkilling Security and the State, this book is available free online to download [below]. We make them available online to inspire wide readership and promote the principle of nonkilling. The books are also available for purchase in print format.

Thank you."

The Books

Nonkilling Media
Editor: Joám Evans Pim
Publisher: Center for Global Nonkilling and the Asian World Center
ISBN 978-0-9839862-3-2 (Nov. 27, 2013)
PDF Version: Click here
Hard copies available: Amazon.com

Summary:
The importance of rethinking media and entertainment from a nonkilling perspective is self-explanatory. In "Nonkilling Global Political Science", Glenn Paige pointed out how violence is "socially learned and culturally reinforced". This social effort is by no means casual or due to some innate taste or demand for violence content historically considered repugnantbut rather, "violent media socialization is useful for a state in need of professional patriotic killers". Nonkilling creativity throuought the ages also shows how a life-enhancing media is possible. At the Center for Global Nonkilling we sincerely hope that the contributions compiled in this volume may help shape an alternative to the lethal ideology that permates media that may enhance the value of life.

Nonkilling Security and the State

Editor: Joám Evans Pim
Publishers: Center for Global Nonkilling and the Asian World Center

ISBN 978-0-9839862-1-8 (2013)
PDF Version: Click here
Hard copies available: Amazon.com

Summary:
The time has come to start anew history in this respect. We must establish reverence for life as the cornerstone of civilization: reverence for life not only by individuals, but also by institutions, foremost among them nations. Institutions were created originally for the good and survival of the people. This is their main justification and merit. They have no right to kill or to develop and stockpile incredible arsenals of weapons meant to kill millions of people, possibly all humanity. And the same nations come to the UN and dare to speak about human rights! Do these include the right to life and the right not to kill? Perhaps if we approach the question of disarmament from the fundamental principle of reverence for life, we might achieve better progress (from Robert Muller's Epilogue).