Professional Development Center

Film Screening and Q&A: World Peace and Other Fourth Grade Achievements with John Hunter

Event Date and Time: Thu, 04/04/2013 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Location: Hannaford Hall, Abromson Center, USM Portland Campus

For more than 30 years, John Hunter, a public school teacher in Virginia, has been teaching his students the work of peace through a remarkable exercise that he created called the World Peace Game.

Director Chris Farina has captured his work in the award-winning 
World Peace and Other 4th-Grade Achievements
which interweaves Hunter’s story with his students' participation in the World Peace Game. The game triggers an eight-week transformation of the children from students of a neighborhood public school to citizens of the world. The film reveals how a wise, loving teacher can unleash students' full potential.

The film screening is free and open to the public and will be followed by a Q&A with Chris Farina and John Hunter and a signing for Hunter's book, also titled World Peace and Other 4th Grade Achievements. 

The screening is part of the Portland Children’s Film Festival and is sponsored by the USM College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences; School of Education and Human Development; and Professional and Continuing Education, as well as Whole Foods. 

What is the World Peace Game?

Hunter teaches the concept of peace not as a utopian dream but as an attainable goal to strive for, and he provides his students with the tools for this effort. The children learn to collaborate and communicate with each other as they work to resolve the Game's conflicts. They learn how to compromise while accommodating different perspectives and interests. Most importantly, the students discover that they share a deep and abiding interest in taking care of each other.

Who is John Hunter?

A native Virginian, John Hunter is an award-winning gifted teacher and educational consultant who has dedicated his life to helping children realize their full potential. Employing his background as a musician composer and filmmaker during a three-decade career as a teacher, Hunter has combined his gifted teaching and artistic talents to develop unique teaching programs using multimedia software programs in creative writing and film courses. Read more…