News from Peace Studies Alumni, Faculty and Friends
Shawn Kirchner '92: In late May, I was appointed Composer in Residence for theLos AngelesMaster Chorale -- a three-year appointment from the 2012/13 season through 2014/15. This is the professional choir (partner organization with the LA Philharmonic atLA'sDisney Concert Hall) with which I've been a singing member since 2001. Gradually through the years I did more arranging and composing for the group, so they've moved me now from
"in-housecomposer/arranger" to Composer in Residence.
Wilbur Mullen '52: I continue to submit articles and pictures to Fanfare, a publication of Brethren Retirement Community of Greenville, Ohio. "Reaching Out", which was submitted recently, togetherwith five descriptive pictures, is a story about some of my post-WorldWar Two work of relief and rehabilitation in Hamburg, Germany with Brethren Service of the Church of the Brethren.
As a graduate of Peace studies, and the daily personal contact with my major professor, Dr. Gladdys Muir, I deeply appreciate Manchester College for its leadership, caring, sharing.
Allison Bryan '04 finished up her third year as a language arts and geography teacher at TsinghuaInternational Shool in Beijing, China. In June, she began attending Brown, pursuing a MAT degree in the field of social studies.
Tom Wagner's '82 second book, WORK AND HOPE:FURTHER THOUGHTS ON LIVINGFAITH , has been published by Muskegon County Cooperating Churches, Muskegon, Michigan. The volume is a "best of" collection of his essays regularly featured in the local ecumenical organization's bi-monthly newsletter. Copies are available for a $15.00 donation to MCCC, 1095 Third St. Suite 10, Muskegon, MI 49441
Matt Guynn ‘95 lives in Portland, OR, with his wife Sarah Kinsel, and their first child is due in September 2012! Matt has worked for the Church of the Brethren agency On Earth Peace since 2001, doing organizing and leadership development for nonviolent social change. Matt continues involvement with the international social change training center Training for Change as a trainer and board member. This year he is going through certification as a trainer in Kingian Nonviolence, an approach rooted in the leadership of the US Civil Right movement. Matt is involved with several spiritual communities in Portland, and values their help in continuing to grow as a mystic and seeker seeking fuller humanity, following Jesus in the midst of empire.
Phil West ’60 of Goshen, IN died June 21,2012. After graduation from Manchester College in 1960,with a degree in Peace Studies, he completed his selective service as a conscientious objector, teaching English in Poland through the Church of the Brethren Volunteer Service. He studied Chinese at Harvard and earned his Ph.D in modern Chinese history and East Asian Languages in 1971.
Throughout his career, he worked to broaden and enrich the East Asian curriculum in university classrooms and public schools. At Indiana University Bloomington, he spent six years directing the East Asian Studies Center. Then he was invited to direct the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Center at the University of Montana, named for the former Senate majority leader and U.S. ambassador to Japan, a post he held for 10 years.
A full obituary can be found here.
Dr. Nobuo Dobashi, Chairman of the board of Hokusei Gakuen, died on July 7th, 2012. He was 76. Hokusei Gakuen University has been a BCA partner since 1987. Dr. Dobashi's colleague,
Toru Kataoka, recounted the start of this partnership by saying:
"I imagine why BCA including Manchester College (now University) and Hokusei Gakuen University became sister colleges in 1987. When Allen Deeter was a BCA director as well as a professor at Manchester, he was looking for a good institution to have a sister college with in Japan. He went to Kyushu, Kansai, Tokyo and Sapporo. Hokusei Gakuen University was the last one he visited. Dr. Dobashi was a director fot international affairs at that time as well as a professor of education.When they were talking, Allen said he was a director of peace studies at Manchester. Dr. Dobashi felt something in his mind...Yes, he said he had a friend who studied peace studies at International Christian University. Dr. Dobashi said his name is Phil West. Allen was so surprised and said "He was my student at Manchester!". As you imagine, they became good friends after that. BCA and Hokusei Gakuen University are now sister relationships. With this chance, I studied peace studied under Ken Brown, MA in Bradford (U.K), and doctor course at University of Tokyo (educational studies)."
A full obituary can be found here.