INTRODUCTION OF IFLAC NEW INTERN – DAN LUITONPosted: 2016/11/05
My name is Dan Luiton, I’m from the border region of USA-Mexico
called the Rio Grande Valley which has a combination of the Mexican and
American culture clash. I was born in the USA but raised in Mexico in the
border city Matamoros-Brownsville metro area. Therefore, I am a
Mexican-American. I am a third year student currently attending the
University of Texas at Austin, majoring in History. Moreover, this semester
I decided to do an exchange program in Israel at Haifa University. As a
passionate future historian I have travelled to Israel to learn a new
language and culture.
Why I chose IFLAC?
The reason I choose to intern at IFLAC is because I want to promote peace
and love through literature, not only because I’m a Christian, but also to
learn how to make peace in my home town – Matamoros in Mexico. The mission
of IFLAC is to bring peace by using our pens and this is something I’m
passionate about. My love for writing has the opportunity to have small
impact which can promote peace. Also, creating a culture of peace through
literature is a great means to bring peace, instead of using violence.
Furthermore, it will be a great honor to be interning with Professor Ada
Seven years ago violence erupted bringing bombings, blood, and bodies to my
home city and everything changed drastically. The state I lived in was
ranked the most dangerous state in Mexico. Living through this horror in
first hand make me want to do something to end this internal war, and IFLAC
is an opportunity to promote peace by not using violence but literature. For
this reason, I decided to intern with IFLAC. Moreover, as a Christian I want
to promote peace and love through literature, which is a perfect means to
change the perception of the world.
Reading the novel From the Nile to Jordan, by Prof. Ada Aharoni, has opened
my eyes to the Israeli Palestinian conflict, and it has made me look at the
conflict from both sides. This historical love story has inspired me to
bring peace, by telling the whole history of any conflict. For these reasons
I chose to intern with IFLAC.