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2016 Peace Week

Peace Studies Institute and Program for Conflict ResolutionPeace Week activities at the North Manchester campus stretch from April 18 to 26 this year, featuring two nationally known theologians who challenge the status quo, John Dominic Crossan and Osagyefo Uhuru Sekou.
The schedule also includes:

Monday, April 18

  • Nakba Museum exhibit opening, 9 p.m. Academic Center, second floor

Tuesday, April 19

Thursday, April 21

  • Discussion with Crossan on “Paul and the Challenge of Equality,” 9:30 a.m. in Flory Auditorium, Science Center 203
  • Post-graduation networking and info fair, 4:30 p.m. ACEN 241, featuring Peace Corps alumni panel, info from grad programs in Peace Studies-related fields

Friday, April 22

  • Earth Day tree planting between Administration Building and Funderburg Library, 3 p.m.

Saturday, April 23

  • Ultimate Frisbee on the Mall, time TBA

Sunday, April 24

  • Celebrating Diversity workshop. Contact Professor Barb Burdge for details, registration. 

Monday, April 25

  • Nonviolent Direct Action workshop*, 4-7 p.m. SCIC 101. Led by Sarah Thompson from Christian Peacemaker Teams and the Rev. Osagyefo Uhuru Sekou 

Tuesday, April 26

  • Rev. Sekou & the Holy Ghost band, live in concert, 8 p.m. in Wampler Auditorium at the Administration Building 

*More on the Nonviolent Direct Action workshop:
Nonviolent Direct Action is a key component of any Christian disciple's toolkit.  Knowing how to do strategic nonviolent direct action is important skill for any conscientious member of society to have.  Learn how to challenge injustice from a place of deep, abiding love. Learn how people survive the riot police in Ferguson, Palestine, Chicago and Papua.  Share your questions, rage, hope and dreams with two scholar-activists who have been trained by the best and put in lots of time in the streets of this nation and around the world.

Sarah Thompson is executive director of Christian Peacemaker Teams.  She is originally from Goshen, Ind., and went to Spelman College in Atlanta, Ga. She double majored in international studies and comparative women's studies, with a minor in Spanish.  She was awarded a Fulbright grant to study in Argentina, and also graduated with a Masters of Divinity degree from Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary. She was last year’s Peace Week speaker at Manchester University.

Manchester University, with campuses in North Manchester and Fort Wayne, is one of six colleges across the nation grounded in the values and traditions of the Church of the Brethren. The University offers more than 60 areas of academic study to 1,500 students in undergraduate programs, a Master of Science in Pharmacogenomics, Master of Athletic Training and a four-year professional Doctor of Pharmacy.  Learn more about the private, northern Indiana school at

Contact: Phillip Keim
MU Peace Studies Coordinator

April 2016