Speakers and Forums: 2007-2008 Academic Year
At the Death House Door, May 9, 2008. Center sponsored screening and discussion of a new documentary film about the death penalty. The film chronicles the transformation of a Death Row Chaplain in Texas from a supporter of the death penalty to one who has observed the executions of people whom he believed to be innocent and who questions whether the death penalty has any place in a civilized society.
"Dynamic Movements of Peace in the Muslim World Today" May 5, 2008. Fr. Thomas Michel, S.J., Secretary for Interreligious Dialogue of the Society of Jesus, a noted authority on Muslim-Christian relations, presented an overview of the many Muslim initiatives, both organized and informal, promoting dialogue and understanding between people of the Muslim faith and those of other faith traditions.
"Voices of Conscience" April 8, 2008. Retired Colonel Ann Wright spoke about her experiences and those of other government employees and active-duty military personnel who followed their consciences and protested government actions they felt were illegal leading to the Iraq war.
"Building the Immigrant Community in St. Louis" March 15, 2008. The Center worked with a group of physicians from SLU Medical School to organize an event bringing together established members of the Muslim community in St. Louis with newer Muslim refugees to explore how they can help the newcomers adjust to their new lives.
"Transforming Services in Post-Genocide Rwanda" March 3, 2008. Center-funded MSW student Jesse Walls and the research team he worked with presented preliminary findings on a research project investigating the relationship between organizational capacity and member outcomes in rural development associations and cooperatives in Rwanda. He was joined for the presentation by his research mentors, Dr. James Zahniser (Greenville College) and Dr. Dwight Jackson & Mr. Evariste Habiyambere (both with Food for the Hungry International - Rwanda and the African Great Lakes Region).
Co-Sponsored Event: "Reconciliation: The Power to Create Positive CommunityChange" February 12, 2008. A community workshop featuring Linda Beihl, Ntobeko Peni and Easy Nofemela, of the Amy Biehl Foundation in South Africa, who told their very personal story reconciliation and led small group discussions around local issues of conflict. Co-sponsored with FOCUS St. Louis and the Incarnate Word Foundation.
Co-Sponsored Event: "Creating Media for Social Change" January 26, 2008. An educational workshop on creating alternative media, co-sponsored with St. Louis Justice and Peace Shares.
Co-sponsored Event: "Defining Security: Peace, Justice, and the Economy" October 13, 2008. Presentations on the growth and current status of the military economy in the U.S. by Frida Berrigan and Mary Beth Sullivan, co-sponsored with the St. Louis Peace Economy Project.
Co-Sponsored Event: "Accessing the Media for Social Change" September 8, 2007. An educational workshop on gaining access to the media, co-sponsored with St. Louis Justice and Peace Shares.