Pepi Leistyna was recently awarded the “Peace Maker Award” for his work on Whole9 Peace Project for work that he did this summer on the West Bank of Palestine.
His photos along with art selected from 500 artists from 6 continents, 30 countries and 30 states will be touring the nation. This exhibition will be unveiled on World Peace Day, September 21st at Affair of the Arts in Culver City, CA, and will then makes stops throughout the United States. Confirmed appearances include:
September 21st & 22nd — Affair of the Arts, Culver City, CA
October 5th — Art Zone 461, San Francisco, CA
October 12th — 29 Pieces, Dallas, TX
Thursday, November 7th — Evening Reception, Landmark Arts Building, Chelsea, NY
Saturday, November 9th — Open House, Landmark Arts Building, Chelsea, NY
November 23rd — The Whole 9 Gallery, Culver City, CA
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With his Masters and Doctorate from Harvard, where he was the recipient of the Dr. Stephen G. and Wanda W. Jones Scholarship and the Roy E. Larson Research Fellowship, Pepi Leistyna is a Professor of Applied Linguistics Graduate Studies at the University of Massachusetts Boston where he coordinates the research program and teaches courses in cultural studies, critical pedagogy, media literacy, and language acquisition, and is the Director of the Center for World Languages and Cultures. He is a research fellow for the National Education Policy Center at the University of Colorado Boulder. Pepi speaks internationally on issues of cultural politics, democracy, and social justice, which has included in Canada, the UK, France, Portugal, Germany, India, Italy, Turkey, Australia, and Hong Kong. Of his over 100 publications, his books include: Breaking Free: The Transformative Power of Critical Pedagogy (Harvard Publishing Group), Presence of Mind: Education and the Politics of Deception (Westview), Defining and Designing Multiculturalism (SUNY Press), Corpus Analysis: Language Structure and Language Use (Rodopi), and Cultural Studies: From Theory to Action (Blackwell). His forthcoming book is Television and Working Class Identity: Intersecting Differences (Palgrave), and his documentary film with the Media Education Foundation, narrated by award winning actor Ed Asner, with music generously provided by The Dropkick Murphys, is Class Dismissed: How TV Frames the Working Class, for which he was the 2007 recipient of the Studs Terkel Award for Media and Journalism. Pepi’s work has been published in English, German, and Mandarin. He is the 2013 recipient of the Peace Maker Award.