Dialogue Dinner & Award Ceremony, Mobile
The ninth Annual Dialogue Dinner and Award Ceremony, hosted by The Atlantic Institute (formerly known as Peace Valley Foundation) was held on Monday, October 28th, 2013 at the Mobile Marriot Hotel. The Dialogue Dinners bring together various individuals and groups to explore the richness of different faiths and cultures. The guest speaker for the evening was Dr. Richard J. Penaskovic, Professor of Religious Studies at Auburn University, and talk on United around Human Values, Peaceful Coexistence. This particular evening Dr. Penaskovic discussed whether or not world peace is attainable. His belief is that a grass roots effort holds the most promise. Over 100 attendees enjoyed a pleasant and thought provoking evening of good food and good company. A warm thanks to the speakers and the hosts was issued by the emcee, Mr. Cris Smith.
In addition to Dr. Penaskovic, Dr. Mustafa Gokhan Sahin from The Atlantic Institute added to the talk by discussing his organization's efforts to do what Dr. Penaskovic suggests, and make changes at the grass roots level. As grass roots efforts, Atlantic Institute hostes dinners, meetings, activities, and trips that bring people together across the world.
An awards ceremony was held after the two speakers. Dr. Donald Berry, Associate Vice President of the University of Mobile, won the Education Award. Mike Marshall, Director of State Commentary for the Alabama Media Group, won the media award. Gordon Moulton, previous President of the University of South Alabama, was given the Community Service Award posthumously. The award was accepted by his wife.