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Manchester University celebrates Peace Week in April 

Peace Studies Dove SymbolNORTH MANCHESTER, Ind. -- This year's theme for Peace Week at Manchester University is "Peacemaking through Storytelling." 

Members of the Manchester University community are invited for "Stories of Manchester" from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Monday, April 1 in the Toyota Round of the Jean Childs Young Intercultural Center.  At the same time, there will be StoryCorps-style recording sessions in the library space in the center where participants can record and share their own stories.

At 9 p.m. that evening, the Kenapocomoco Peace Coalition invites students to join them in a session about uniting people and building coalitions through storytelling.

The keynote speaker for Peace Week is Barb Anguiano, an award-winning audio journalist at WBOI public radio in Fort Wayne. "Storytelling on the Radio" is 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 2 in Cordier Auditorium. It is part of the Value, Ideas and the Arts series at Manchester. It is free, and the public is welcome.

At 7 p.m. April 2, the Interfaith Chapel Service offers "Stories of our Worldviews" at Petersime Chapel. Afterward, student members of Simply Brethren will take a trip to Joyfield Farm for stories of Brethren Peacemaking from Bob and Rachel Gross. 

At 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 3, there will be "Intergenerational Storytelling" at the Timbercrest Senior Living Community Chapel. This will give community members, students and Timbercrest residents a chance to meet and share their stories.

The third annual Empty Bowls fundraiser is 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 6 at the Intercultural Center, at the corner of Campus Avenue and Seventh Street. Soup will be served in bowls handcrafted by North Manchester community members, as well as University students, staff and faculty members.
There will be activities for children, music and door prizes. 

Suggested donations are $5 for students and children, $10 faculty, staff and community members. Proceeds go to the Manchester Fellowship of Churches’ Food Pantry. 

Empty Bowls is sponsored by the Campus Interfaith Board in partnership with the MU Art Department, Peace Studies Institute, the Center for Service of Service Opportunities, with donations from Chartwells, New Market, Grand's Ice Cream Shop and One World Handcrafts.

Peace Week wraps up on Sunday, April 7, with the International Buffet from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Jo Young Switzer Center. The community is invited to sample dishes that represent more than 10 nations. Tickets are $14.99 for adults or $9.99 for students. It can count toward an MU student meal plan. The buffet is free for children 11 and under. Register at

The MU Office of Multicultural Affairs is co-host and coordinator of the traditional spring event. Chartwells, the University’s food service, is co-hosting the event, assisting with prep work and service.

Peace Week contact information for the media
Campus Pastor Rebekah Houff, or 260-982-5243.
Peace Studies Coordinator Zander Willoughby, or 260-982-5108
International Buffet coordinator is student Angie Gonsiorowski, 

Fast facts

  • Manchester has the oldest undergraduate peace studies program in the world, established by Gladdys Muir in 1948.
  • Manchester is the first University in the United States to hold permanent observer status with the United Nations.
  • Andrew J. Cordier, who graduated from Manchester in 1922, was a key player in drafting the founding charter of the U.N. The keynote address for Peace Week will be in the auditorium named in his honor.

About Manchester University
Manchester University, with campuses in North Manchester and Fort Wayne, Ind., offers more than 70 areas of academic study to more than 1,400 students in undergraduate programs, a Master of Science in Pharmacogenomics, a Master of Athletic Training a four-year professional Doctor of Pharmacy and a four-year dual degree in pharmacy and pharmacogenomics. Learn more about the private, northern Indiana school at . 

Our mission
Manchester University respects the infinite worth of every individual and graduates persons of ability and conviction who draw upon their education and faith to lead principled, productive, and compassionate lives that improve the human condition. 

March 2019