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Manchester offers Peace Week events April 23-28

Peace Studies NORTH MANCHESTER, Ind. -- This year's theme for Peace Week, April 23-29, at Manchester University is “Marginalized Voices.”

As such, there will be two separate “lunch and learn” events during lunch hours Monday-Thursday in Haist Commons, which is in the lower level of the Jo Young Switzer Center. There will be signage at the entrance of Haist each day on where the session will take place. If community members, faculty or staff are coming, they are welcome to purchase lunch or bring a sack lunch with them. 

During each section, an organization or service will host a discussion or event. They include the African Student Association, Disability Services, poverty studies, Feminist Student Union, Students for Justice in Palestine, United Sexualities and Genders, Advocates of the Mind, and the Campus Interfaith Board.

These sessions, at 11 a.m. and noon, are open to the public.

At 8 p.m. Thursday, April 26, “Turning Hurt into Art” will be presented on the steps of Funderburg Library.

That Friday, there be a “Mix it Up @ Lunch!” event at Haist to encourage members of the MU community to cross social boundaries and talk to those with whom they might not normally interact.

Saturday events include an Empty Bowls fundraiser for Heifer International from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. on the University Mall, followed by a free performance of Where Rivers Meet at 1:30 p.m. in Wine Recital Hall.

At the fundraiser, soup will be served in bowls crafted by members of North Manchester community, and MU students, faculty and staff. There will be music, door prizes and activities for children. The suggested donation is $5 for students and children, and $10 for others.

Heifer International and MU have deep connections.

Its founder, Dan West, was a member of the Church of the Brethren and graduated from Manchester in 1917. Our school was chosen several years ago by Heifer International to be home to a permanent display in his honor.

The exhibit in Funderburg features memorabilia reflecting West’s life – from his years as a conscientious objector during World War I to his service as an aid worker during the Spanish Civil War to his life-changing work through the Heifer Project. West started the project in 1944 and died in 1971. 

The Empty Bowls fundraiser is sponsored by the Campus Interfaith Board in partnership with the Peace Studies Institute, Art Department, Chartwells and area businesses.

The Peace Studies Institute, established at Manchester in 1948, was the first undergraduate peace studies program in the world. MU is currently building the Jean Childs Young Intercultural Center that will become a regional focal point for discussions about diversity and inclusion, civic engagement and civil discourse.

About Manchester University
Manchester University, with campuses in North Manchester and Fort Wayne, Ind., offers more than 60 areas of academic study to nearly 1,600 students in undergraduate programs, a Master of Athletic Training, a Master of Pharmacogenomics and a four-year professional Doctor of Pharmacy. Learn more about the private, northern Indiana school grounded in the values and traditions of the Church of the Brethren at www.manchester.edu.

April 2018