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John Hunter Q&A Follows Screening of “World Peace and Other 4th Grade Achievements” at USM

The University of Southern Maine will host a screening of the film “World Peace and Other 4th-Grade Achievements” at 7 p.m., Thursday, April 4 in Hannaford Lecture Hall on the Portland campus. The film will be followed by a question and answer period with director Chris Farina and John Hunter, the teacher whose story is told by the film. This event, which is part of the Portland Children’s Film Festival, is free and open to the public, but tickets must be obtained through Brown Paper Tickets .  For more information about other events in the Portland Children’s Film Festival, see Portland Childrens Film Festival . 
John Hunter is a fourth grade teacher in Charlottesville, Va., who created the “The World Peace Game” for his students turning them from children in a neighborhood school into citizens of the world in 8 weeks. After inventing “The World Peace Game,” Hunter was a TED2011 conference presenter. The game also is the topic of the film and Hunter’s new book by the same title, “World Peace and Other 4th-Grade Achievements.” Hunter will be on hand to sign books, which will be available for sale, after the event.
Hunter describes “The World Peace Game” as a “hands-on political science simulation.” The goal of the game is to get countries out of dangerous situations and to gain prosperity with the least amount of military action possible. The film, “World Peace and Other 4th Grade Achievements,” traces how Hunter began his teaching career, and what inspired him to work toward creating a more peaceful world. More information about the film and book can be found at World Peace Game .