FALL 2005 Volume 27.2
Wilmington College Peace Resource Center & Hiroshima/Nagasaki Memorial Collection
The Peace Resource Center (PRC) has been powered by strong women throughout its history. Barbara Reynolds and Helen Wiegel are names of determined women whose names have been associated with the PRC for many years. More recently Ruth Dobyns has made her mark here. Their roles in the history of the Center have been foremost in our minds since our last newsletter. All of the news is not pleasant to report.
First of all, it is with sadness that I pass along to our readers that Helen Wiegel, director of the PRC from 1978—1996 died on August 27th of this year. Helen was an amazing woman with a phenomenal amount of energy. She began as a volunteer and retired as the director who was responsible for organizing the Center into a recognizable collection. She created her own card catalog system in an effort to bring order to the materials in the Center. She purchased peace education materials and sold them at conferences around the country. She offered a low cost video rental service and was responsible for purchasing, cataloging, shipping, tracking and repairing the videotapes. If something needed to be done at the PRC, Helen did it. Helen’s portrait hangs in the entry way to the Center and her contribution will always be noted and appreciated.
We have also been thinking about Barbara Reynolds lately. Barbara established the PRC in 1975 when she established the Hiroshima/Nagasaki Memorial Collection. We celebrated our 30th anniversary this year and dedicated it to the life of Barbara. We focused on Barbara’s decision to make a difference and take a stand. Barbara and her family sailed into the nuclear test zone in the Pacific Ocean to protest the proliferation of nuclear weapons testing and sailed into history. We would have no opportunity to accomplish the work we do today if Barbara had not made that choice and to have the vision to establish the PRC. She remains the ideal role model for citizens in a democratic society who see a need for change.
Ruth Dobyns has been a Godsend to the PRC for the last few years but I am sorry to report that she is no longer here with us. The good news is that she is still on the Wilmington College campus and is the first Curator of the new Quaker Heritage Center. I have often said about Ruth that she is not responsible for everything we do at the Center but she is responsible for making everything we do better. We wish Ruth well in her new venture and look forward to collaborating with the Quaker Heritage Center in years to come. Ruth will continue to be the “chief worrier” for the Westheimer Peace Symposium. She can be reached at the college at extension 719. By the way congratulations to Ruth and husband Les on the arrival of Emma Dobyns who arrived on July 15th and is sure to be yet another strong woman.
The newest addition to our staff is Charlotte Pack. Charlotte comes to us from Charlotte’s Bed and Breakfast, a business she continues to operate with her husband in Hillsboro, Ohio. She has hit the ground running by assisting at the What Works Conference in Columbus, helping to make arrangements for the 30th Anniversary of the Center, and preparing for the Westheimer Peace Symposium. She is here on a half time basis. When she is in the PRC, she can be reached at 937 382 6661 extension 371.
The PRC is blessed to have an amazing staff of student workers. We have had an especially hectic fall semester and are very thankful for all of their assistance. Our student workers are Marie Daly, Adrianne Robertson, Misty Anderson, Cindi Drerup and Paige Stumpf.
Important News from the Director
Jim Boland, director of the PRC has been granted a sabbatical leave for the upcoming spring semester beginning January 10 and ending May 15, 2006. An interim director will be appointed to serve in Jim’s place. Jim will continue to work on all three of our outreach programs, Peer Mediation Training, Positive Discipline Training and ProjectTRUST Clinton County.
What Works in Conflict Resolution
The PRC was once again an important part of the What Works Conference on Conflict Resolution held in Columbus from September 28 through October 1. We presented a two-day and one day session on Positive Discipline. We also were the book table for the Conference and were able to get a plethora of conflict resolution and peace resources into the hands of interested participants from all corners of the world. We were also able to make a sizable donation of books to a participant from Sri Lanka who was looking to spread the concepts of conflict resolution in her country.
Ch Ch Ch Ch Changes….
We have made two significant changes in our relationship to Watson Library, the main library at Wilmington College. We have sent our collection of videotapes to Watson to be cataloged as part of Ohio Link and OPAL. We are no longer in the business of providing a low cost video rental service. This is a change which we have considered for some time and have reached consensus from our Advisory Board.
Our data tells us that we have very few patrons who use this service. We surmise that the spread of information from the Internet and the availability of videotapes through interlibrary loan has made this service obsolete. The good news is that anyone interested in seeing any of the tapes previously in our collection can order them at no cost by using the interlibrary loan service at their local library. We believe this change will place our materials in the hands of even more folks around the country.
We have also recently established a link at our Watson Library site to the Barbara Reynolds collection of materials. This will allow patrons to click on the site and see the titles of all of the file folders in the Barbary Reynolds papers. This is the first time that patrons from around the country can gain a better understanding of the types of materials found in this unique collection of materials. Visit the site at: http://www.watsonlibrary.org/collections_reynolds.html Thanks to new Watson Library director Jean Mulhern for her assistance in making this happen.
Charles and May Westheimer
Charles and May Westheimer endowed the Peace Lecture Series in 1991, with the hope that it would be a forum for the Wilmington College community to be explicit about peacemaking, social justice, humanitarian service, and respect for all persons. Since its inception, the Symposium has continued to grow, expanding its audience and its influence on Wilmington College and the surrounding community. The College community was saddened to learn of the deaths of Charles and May Westheimer during the past year. May died unexpectedly in November 2004, several weeks after attending the symposium, "Constructing Peace, Voices of Hope." Charles passed away Aug. 18, 2005, in their hometown of Cincinnati. We are grateful for their commitment to working for a more peaceful world. We received many comments from our students that show the Westheimer Peace Symposium raises their awareness about current events, social justice and the ways in which humans can respond to personal, community, or international crises. The support of Charles and May allowed us to provide this forum for valuable voices, a space where significant learning takes place. As we plan for the future of the Westheimer Peace Symposium, we hope, as always, to host an event that honors the vision of Charles and May Westheimer.
In addition to supporting the Symposium, the Westheimers offered a matching gift to the PRC in 1992 which raised the funds which allowed us to renovate our facility. We will always be grateful to the Westheimer family for their warm support of the Peace Resource Center.
15th Annual Westheimer Peace Symposium
There was an air of excitement which surrounded this year’s Westheimer Peace Symposium. The event was held in the new Boyd Cultural Arts Center and each speaker was able to present in the Hugh G Heiland Theater. The impact of the new facility was particularly evident during Kadir Cannon’s visual presentation but was also noticed throughout the day.
Specialist John Crawford kicked off the day and thoroughly mesmerized our audience, particularly the local high school and Wilmington College students. Crawford, the author of The Last True Story I'll Ever Tell, is a veteran of the current war in Iraq. His youth was an advantage as he spoke to the students about his war experience. Crawford joined the National Guard in Florida as a means to a college education, like so many others, trading six years of service for tuition at Florida State University. Recently married and just two credits shy of a BA in Anthropology, Crawford got the call that led to his deployment. He was still on his honeymoon. His talk helped all of us understand more clearly what life in Iraq is really like.
Our second speaker, Anne Welsh, spoke about her husband Norman Morrison and how he gave his life in protest of the war in Vietnam at the Pentagon, just below the office of Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara. Forty years ago, on Nov. 2, 1965, Norman Morrison, Quaker, executive secretary of Stony Run Friends Meeting in Baltimore, felt led to make this extreme sacrifice in the manner of Vietnamese Buddhist monks. Left behind were his wife, Anne, and their three small children. This life-shattering event compelled Anne and others, Friends and non-Friends, to make a greater commitment to peace and anti-war activism. It also had a tremendous impact on the people of Vietnam. Our guests were deep in reflective thought when Anne recounted the events of November 2nd. There were dry eyes in the audience, but not many.
J. Kadir Cannon debuted his presentation, “Who's Telling Our Story? A Narrative Performance with Words and Images.” Cannon told us that History is not the truth, but a shared mythology. In his narrative performance, Cannon used words and artistic images to ask who is telling our stories and what are the motivations of the storytellers? Do the stories told by the corporations and the news media create the paradigm in which we want to live? Stories that glorify war will create war. Stories that honor peace will create peace. Cannon urged us to abandon the myth of militarism and embrace the paradigm of peace. His presentation was in conjunction with his exhibition of paintings, “Anguished Art: Outcries for Peace” in the Harcum Art Gallery which will remain on display until November 20, 2005.
Pulitzer Prize winning author Chris Hedges, who penned the book, War is a Force That Gives Us Meaning: The Truth About War worked as a foreign correspondent for fifteen years. His 2003 book portrays the disease that is war and how it infects and destroys individuals and societies. Steeped in what Hedges calls the "addiction" of war, and having lived and worked alongside soldiers for more than a decade, he is perhaps better qualified to expose the intoxication and euphoria of wartime. In his own words, "The only way to guard against it is finally to understand what it does and how pernicious it is and the myths and lies that we use to cover up the fact that, at its core, war is death."
John Townsend Looney
John Looney, the driving force behind Alternatives to Violence and Peace GROWS died May 17, 2005. John’s work with the American Friends Service Committee and Peace GROWS was known and respected across the country. John was a recipient of the 1986 Bishop William Cosgrove Justice Award and the 1998 Governors Peace Award. We will miss seeing John at the PRC and the Westheimer Peace Symposium.
Recent Email Request
We received the following email request a few weeks ago. I have reprinted here in its entirety with no changes other than to take out Trevor’s last name (which is Japanese). The email began with Dear Barbara Reynolds,
“My name is Trevor, 11 years old,and I just want to tell you how pleased I am with your work. I am an extremely big fan of "Barefoot Gen". I have The First to Third part and getting the fourth real soon. I am writing to you because I have a proposition. I have the animated movie of "Barefoot Gen" and they skip so many fantastic scenes including when Gen and Kimie stay at Kiyo's. That [i think] was very powerful. I want the whole world to know what happened to all the innocent people. I am wondering if I can get a hold, some magical way, of a great experienced director that would be willing to make a movie named "Barefoot Gen". It's a long shot. But look how many peoplewho would be devastated. The movie could go in history. I might be talking crazy, but I want people to know how miraculous this tragic story is. Thank you for your time.”
Barefoot Gen, pronounced with a hard G, is a series of comic books written by Keiji Nakazawa who was seven when he survived the atomic bomb which fell on Hiroshima. It is a graphic and moving account of the bombing of Hiroshima and its aftermath and it drew wide acclaim not only from young readers but from parents teachers and teachers and critics as well. Any ideas for Trevor?
30th Anniversary of the PRC
The Peace Resource Center celebrated its 30th Anniversary on September, 2005. We associate the opening of the Center with the Thirty Years After Conference which was held from August 1 – 5, 1975 as the opening of the center and hence normally mark the occasion in August. This year, however, we pushed back the day to September 21, the International Day of Peace so that our events could be attended by students and faculty who are generally away from campus in the summer months.
Mayor of Wilmington, David L. Raizk proclaimed the day as Peace Resource Center Day in the city of Wilmington. The day began with a time of remembrance and reflection in the new Quaker heritage center Meeting House. Folks had an opportunity to attend an open house at the PRC and to fold paper cranes and to meet some of our Founding Advisors and individuals who were in attendance at the opening conference in 1975. A fund raising dinner was held which provided the opportunity for our friends to tell tales of their memories of Barbara Reynolds.
There were also two special performances of “Barbara and the Cranes”, the story of Barbara Reynolds early work with hibakusha in Japan. Thanks to Founding Advisor Charles Chatfield for donating the presentation to the PRC and to Ruth Dobyns and Paige Stumpf for turning the slides into an interesting presentation.
After dinner we had the opportunity to listen to David Culp, from the Friends Committee on National Legislation, talk about current legislation regarding funding for new “bunker buster” nuclear weapons. A full house consisting of students, faculty, staff and local residents were treated to a musical performance by Allen Schwartz, director of programming at the Quaker Heritage Center, before the talk. Everyone was encouraged to write US Representative David Hobson to encourage him to continue to work to oppose funding this dangerous weapon. I am pleased to report that the funding for this initiative has been stopped.
John Woolman: A Nonviolence and Social Change Source Book Edited by Mike Heller and Sterling Olmsted (Wilmington College Peace Resource Center, 1997, paperback).
In addition to selections from Woolman’s writings, and of others who wrote about Woolman during his lifetime, there are explanatory notes and background material to clear away difficulties and make the writings more understandable to the reader. Excellent discussion questions for each section and suggested top
Regularly $10.00. Purchase this book in November and pay only $7.50!
Tree of Cranes Allen Say (Houghton Mifflin Company, 1991, hardcover, oversize)
This beautifully illustrated book tells the story of a young boy in Japan who celebrates his very first Christmas with two cultures joyously combined as his mother shares a glimpse of her American childhood with him on this special day.
Regularly $17.95. Purchase this book in December and pay only $13.45!
Building Academic Success on Social and Emotional Learning: What Does the Research Say? Edited by Joseph Zins, Roger Weissberg, Margaret Wang and Herbert Walberg (Teachers College Press, 2004, paperback)
In this groundbreaking book, nationally recognized leaders in education and psychology examine the relationships between social emotional education and school success-specifically focusing on interventions that enhance student learning.
Regularly $27.95. Purchase this book in January and pay only $20.97!
Rosa Parks: The Movement Organizes Kai Friese (Silver Burdett Press, 1990, paperback, juvenile literature) One of nine volumes in The History of the Civil Rights Movement, a series providing vivid and faithful accounts of the lives and times of African-American leaders in the struggle for dignity and equality.
Regularly $7.95. Purchase this book in February and pay only $5.97!
Shipping & handling fees will vary. 7% sales tax for OH residents. To place an order, or for more information, please contact the PRC.
1 July 2005 through 27 October 2005
Charles Albert Fred Anliot Barbara Bayless
Sheilah Boland James Bresky Cincinnati Monthly Mtg
Patsy Dean Dan DiBiasio Alton Earnhart
Eclipse Consulting Gloria Flaherty
Full Circle Larry Gara Keith Gerritz
Muriel Hiatt Mary Hilberg Martha Sheldon
Canby T. Jones Jean Kerney Lowe-Marshall Trust
Fred Matthews Jean Mulhern Darleen Meyers
Michael Newman Quaker Mission Ron Rembert
Neil Snarr Christine Snyder Kathryn Springsteen
St. Columbkille Church Mary Lib Stanfield Roy Joe Stuckey
Patricia Walt Helen Weekes Cynthia Wineburg
Douglas Woodmansee Mary Rose Zink
Peace Related Web Sites
Do you have stories of peace to share? Visit the site of Teaching and Learning for Peace to learn more and share your stories: http://www.tlpeace.org.au/index.htm
Pendle Hill is a Quaker Retreat Center in Wallingford, Pennsylvania. Visit their website to learn more about upcoming retreats and short courses. Cultivating the Great Action of Generosity and Prayer and Peacemaking are the titles of upcoming sessions late in 2005. Visit www.pendlehill.org or call 1 800 742 3150 for more information.
The Lion and Lamb Peace Arts Center is devoted to studying the promotion of peace, cross cultural understanding and non violent responses to conflict. The emphasis of the Center is on working with children. Visit their site at www.bluffton.edu/lionlamb
The Global Issues Resource Center fosters citizen responsibility through cultivation of a global perspective on critical issues affecting our planet and its people. The Center's special focus is on sources and management of conflict; the ongoing threats to global security; environmental dilemmas; and issues of diversity and multicultural understanding. Visit them at www.global-issues.org. One of the most popular programs is the Earth Awareness Portable Classroom (Earth Balloon). This inflatable classroom measures 22 feet in diameter and 22 feet high. Visitors are able to enter the earth and consider it as a whole. The experience of being inside the earth offers a powerful and intimate moment to realize his/her place in the greater world.
Peace Resource Center at Wilmington College
Associated with the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers)
The Peace Resource Center has a long-standing commitment to peace and justice. Since 1975 we have taken an active role in providing peace education materials both locally and throughout the United States. This is accomplished through a book store, audio-visual rentals, circulating libraries in both English and Japanese, and a research collection on the immediate and long term effects of the 1945 atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
News from Peace House
This newsletter is published as a tool for helping people find useful peace resources, and to share information about peace-related activities. Subscription is free in the US, although an annual donation is greatly appreciated. Outside the US, a minimum donation of US $5 is required. Please feel free to reproduce any part of this newsletter – giving credit to the source – and help spread the word of the resources we offer at the Peace Resource Center. Your recommendation is invaluable to us! Thank you!
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Director: Dr. James Boland Secretary: Charlotte Pack
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