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  Volume 37   2010


2009-2010 Peace Studies Activities at Manchester University


On Campus Activities

Kenapocomoco Coalition (peace studies student discussion group) meetings. Mondays, 9:00 p.m. at Ken Brown’s house. Topics and speakers included:

  • Dr. Eric Reichenbach on health care reform
  • Zoughbi Zoughbi on living nonviolently in occupied Bethlehem
  • Prof. Brad Yoder on poverty
  • Alumnus Yvonne Dilling on Latin America and the School of the Americas
  • Alumnus Rachel Gross on the Death Row Support Project
  • Prof. John Deal on the economy
  • Prof. David Waas and activist Cliff Kindy on the war in Afghanistan
  • Jan Schrock on Heifer International
  • Melanie Snyder on restorative justice
  • student reports on January study abroad
  • Prof. Kataoka on the peace movement in Japan
  • Candice Hall from the Ft. Wayne Women’s Bureau

Peace House Move Night. Thursdays, 10:00 p.m. at the Peace House. Movies included:

  • “Rethinking Afghanistan”
  • “Food, Inc.”
  • “Religulous”
  • “The Cove”
  • “Capitalism: A Love Story”
  • “Pray the Devil Back from Hell”
  • “King Corn”
  • “Outsourced”
  • “Waltz with Bashir”
  • “Frost/Nixon”
  • “The Soloist”
  • “Spinning into Butter”
  • “The Secret Life of Bees”
  • “Peaceful Warriors”
  • “The Yes Men”

Sept. 11-12. Peace Studies Overnight Retreat, Koinonia Nature Center. Students discussed the green campus initiative, the Manchester University Reconciliation Service, and the upcoming Global Innovation Tournament.

Sept. 24. Campus-wide lecture and classroom visits by Kelsey Timmerman, author of Where Am I Wearing? A Global Tour of the Countries, Factories, and People Who Make Our Clothes.

Oct. 3. Homecoming Weekend, Dedication of a plaque on Peacemakers’ Wall in the Muir Peace Garden, to Phil Rieman and Louie Baldwin Rieman.

Oct. 15. Power Hour, “Sexism” (co-sponsored with the Multicultural Center).

Nov. 11. Exhibit of crosses on the university Mall for Veterans Day, including the reading of names of soldiers and civilians killed in Afghanistan. Students/faculty/staff were invited to sign a letter to the university president supporting services for veterans on campus.

Nov. 16. Open Discussion on Military Recruiters on campus (co-sponsored with the University Democrats and the University Republicans).

Dec. 3. Lecture and classroom visits by Prof. Jeff Kovac, author of Refusing War, Affirming Peace: A History of CPS Camp #21 at Cascade Locks.

Dec. 8. Vigil on campus to protest the School of the Americas.

Dec. 12. Applesauce making at Joyfield Farms.

Dec. 12-15. Decorated a peace studies tree for the Festival of Trees on campus.

Dec. 15. Peace House Christmas Party.

February 25. Compiled hygiene kits for Haitian refugees.

February 25. Power Hour, “The Ties That Bind Us” (discussion about segregation among groups at Manchester University) (co-sponsored with the Multicultural Center).

March 18. Power Hour, “The Death Penalty” (co-sponsored with the Multicultural Center).

April 19-24. Peace Week, “Speak Now and Forever Hold Your Peace.” Included workshop with Bob Gross in dialogue training; forum on faith; creation of human peace sign; discussion on nationalism and patriotism; concert on the Mall.

April 18. Progressive Dinner for students at the homes of faculty members Katy Gray Brown, Abby Fuller, and Ken Brown.

April 19. Lecture and classroom presentations by Melanie Snyder, author of Grace Goes to Prison, on victim-offender reconciliation.

May 4. Film and discussion to commemorate 40th anniversary of the Kent State shooting of antiwar protestors.

Off Campus Activities

Sept. 21. Silent vigil for the International Day of Prayer for Peace (with Seniors for Peace), downtown North Manchester.

Oct. 8-10. Annual Conference of the Peace and Justice Studies Association, on “Exploring the Power of Nonviolence,” Milwaukee.

Oct. 14. Attended screening of the film “Americana,” Goshen College.

Oct. 17. Rally and March Against the War in Afghanistan, Indianapolis.

Oct. 24-25. Trip to Chicago to volunteer with renovations of the Christian Peacemaker Teams office.

Nov. 19-22. School of the Americas Protest, Ft. Benning, Georgia.

April 9-10. Bethany Seminary Presidential Forum, “When Strangers are Angels.”

May 14. Speech by the Dalai Lama on “Facing Challenges with Compassion and Wisdom,” Indianapolis.

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