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Schiller Institute 30th Anniversary Conference, "Time to Create A World Without War," Presents Pathway Out of the Global Crisis

June 16, 2014 (EIRNS)—Nearly 300 participants met in New York City on June 15 to celebrate the Schiller Institute’s 30th anniversary, answering founder Helga Zepp-LaRouche’s call on the urgency to build a "World Without War." Of those, about 165 were invited guests, two-thirds of whom were new contacts coming to a Schiller event for the first time, and many of whom had brought friends with them.

Among the institutional participants were a number of diplomats from Asian and African nations; journalists representing a half-dozen media from around the world; two NGO activists from Africa; and organizers from American veterans groups and other political movements.

The opening panel, chaired by EIR’s Jeffrey Steinberg, opened with a Beethoven piano and ’cello sonata performed by My-Hoa Steger and Jean-Sebastian Tremblay. The keynote address was delivered by Helga Zepp-LaRouche (see summary below), followed by presentations by Ramsey Clark (former U.S. Attorney General), Ray McGovern (CIA veteran and co-founder of VIPS), Wayne Madsen (journalist and author), Eric Larsen (professor and author), and video-recorded remarks from Rep. Walter Jones (R-NC) and Terry Strada (9/11 widow and leader of 9/11 Families United Against Terrorism). About 45 minutes of Q&A followed the presentations.

The second panel, "The Eurasian Land-Bridge and the Schiller Institute’s Role in Policy for a New World of Development," was chaired by Dennis Speed, and began with a Beethoven string quartet performed by the Dirichlet String Quartet (Nancy Shavin, David Shavin, My-Hoa Steger, Jean-Sebastian Tremblay). This was followed by a message of greetings from Sergei Glaziev (adviser to Russian President Putin), after which the keynote presentation was delivered by LaRouche Democrat and former candidate for Senator from Texas, Kesha Rogers. A message was then read from Tom Buffenbarger (President of the IAM union), followed by a presentation by Col. (ret.) Bao of China, who spoke on "The New Silk Road and the New Security Architecture for Asia." A message was then read from Ray Flynn (former Mayor of Boston and former U.S. ambassador to the Vatican), and Anthony Morss (conductor) spoke on classical culture. After greetings were read from Japan’s Daisuke Kotegawa, Maine Rep. Andrea Boland spoke on the fight for Glass-Steagall. Nomi Prins’s video-recorded presentation and Mike Billington’s remarks on the World Land-Bridge closed out the panel. A lively discussion period followed.

The Schiller Institute conference closed with an evening concert,