WESTHEIMER PEACE SYMPOSIUM
The Westheimer Peace Symposium promotes the exploration of peace as a viable, realistic alternative in a complex, violence-prone world.
Each year speakers challenge Wilmington College students and the community by addressing the topics of nonviolence, social justice, the environment, and the nature of war.
The Symposium has hosted such nationally-known speakers as Arun Gandhi, Walter Wink, Elise Boulding, Stephen Collett, Chief Oren Lyons, Colman McCarthy, George McGovern, Elias Chacour, Le Ly Hayslip, Baldemar Valasquez, Julian Bond, Jan Schlictmann, Winona LaDuke, Robert Kaplan, Robert Kennedy, Jr., Sarah Chayes, Alicia Partnoy, and Richard Rodriguez.
The symposium is free and open to the public. No tickets or advance reservations are required.
The Westheimer Peace Symposium Committee is proud to announce the schedule for the 2013 event!
“Africa’s Blood, Sweat, and Tears: Nonviolent Solutions”
Tuesday, October 15 – Murphy Theatre, 50 West Main Street (http://www.themurphytheatre.org/)
· 7:30 p.m. – Film Showing, “Blood Diamond” – $5 admission (details on student discount tickets will be available in the fall)(http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0450259/?ref_=sr_1)
Wednesday, October 16 – Heiland Theater, Boyd Cultural Arts Center
Please note the adjusted start times to better fit with the new class schedule.
· 10:15 a.m. – Chris Abani, “Stories of Struggle, Stories of Hope: Art, Politics and Human Rights”(http://www.thelavinagency.com/speaker-chris-abani.html)
What is the role of art and literature in defending human rights and democracy? Chris Abani – recipient of the PEN Freedom-to-Write Award – examines this question, drawing on his acclaimed body of work, as well as his own political activism. Imprisoned for his writings by the Nigerian government when he was a teenager, Abani “may be the most courageous writer working right now” (Dave Eggers).
· 1:30 p.m. – Eden Grace, Director of Global Ministries at Friends United Meeting (http://fum.org/), and Diane Randall, Executive Secretary of Friends Committee on National Legislation (http://fcnl.org/), “Preventing Election Violence in Kenya”
In 2008, FUM’s Africa Ministries Office worked intensely with local leaders to heal communities torn apart by the post-election violence. What FUM learned from 2008 helped them prepare for the election in 2013, leading to a partnership with FCNL on violence-prevention efforts in Kenya.
· 3 p.m. - Wilmington College Chorale
· 4 p.m. – Film Showing, “Blood in the Mobile” (http://bloodinthemobile.org/)
We love our cell phones and the selection between different models has never been bigger. But the production of phones has a dark, bloody side. The documentary shows the connection between our phones and the civil war in the Congo. Director Frank Poulsen travels to DR Congo to see the illegal mine industry with his own eyes. “ is a film about our responsibility for the conflict in the Congo and about corporate social responsibility.
· 7:30 p.m. – Lisa Shannon, “A Thousand Sisters: My Journey into the Worst Place on Earth to Be a Woman”(http://www.thelavinagency.com/speaker-lisa-shannon.html)
Lisa Shannon, the first grassroots activist in the US working to raise awareness of the humanitarian crisis in the Congo, has devoted herself to helping women in the Congo. One of O Magazine’s 100 Most Influential Women on the Planet, Shannon explores the world’s deadliest war through the intimate lens of friendship, and shares her thoughts on the new politics of do-it-yourself foreign aid: “It’s never too late to change the world – or yourself.” Shannon’s book of the same title has been selected as the Freshman Summer Reading.
Saturday, October 19 – WC Practice Soccer Field
· 10 a.m. – Run for Congo Women (http://www.runforcongowomen.org/)
Sponsored in cooperation with the Center for Service and Civic Engagement
For information on handicapped accessibility, meals on- and off-campus, or other questions, please e-mail, Ruth Dobyns, Coordinator of the Westheimer Peace Symposium, or call 937/382-6661 x 719
Share in the important work! Please send your donations for the Westheimer Peace Symposium to: Westheimer Peace Symposium Wilmington College
1870 Quaker Way, Pyle Center Box 1182
Wilmington, Ohio 45177
Let us know what you think! Share Your Peace Symposium experiences by e-mailing Ruth Dobyns, Symposium Coordinator.