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Previous Westheimer Peace Symposia

Each year, the Westheimer Peace Symposium endeavors to shed light on the practice of peacemaking in such a way that enlightens, invigorates, and challenges the Wilmington College community.  Overall themes for the symposium rotate between Peace and Nonviolence, Peace and Social Justice, Peace and the Changing Nature of War, and Peace and the Environment.

Previous Speakers, 1991- 2013

 

2013

Nonviolence

Africa's Blood, Sweat, and Tears: Nonviolent Solutions

 

Film Showing (Tuesday night)

Chris Abani

"Blood Diamond"

Stories of Struggle, Stories of Hope: Art, Politics, and Human Rights

 

Eden Grace and Diane Randall

Preventing Election Violence in Kenya

 

Wilmington College Chorale

Film Showing

 

"Blood in the Mobile"

 

Lisa Shannon

A Thousand Sisters: My Journey Into the Worst Place on Earth to Be a Woman

 

2012

Changing Nature of War

Veterans Speak: Reality on the Ground

 

Film Showing (Tuesday night)

Lt. Col. Daniel Davis

"Why We Fight"

National Defense and the Cost of War: Some Bills Aren't Paid in Dollars

 

Matt Southworth, Jose Velasquez, and Sabrina Waller

Three Lives, Three Stories, One Common Experience

 

Wilmington College Chorale

Film Showing

The Light Within: Singing Swords into Plowshares

"The Tillman Story"

 

Karl Marlantes

Combat and the Spiritual

 

2011

Environment

WaterCARE: Conservation, Access, Responsibility, Equality

 

Charles Fishman

The New Age of Water: Re-Imagining How We Use Water and How We Think About It

 

Aaron Wolf

Healing the Enlightenment Rift: Rationality, Spirituality, and Shared Waters

 

Wilmington College Chorale

Film Showing

Water Song

"GASLAND"

 

Chad Pregracke

Helping to Clean America's Rivers

 

2010

Social Justice

Blueprint for Justice: Breaking Bondage, Building Lives

 

Jean Robert Cadet

Hope for Haiti

 

Thomas A. Dutton, Gregg Pieples, and Mike Rogers

Changes from Within: Over-the-Rhine Community Housing

 

Wilmington College Chorale

Film Showing

How Can We Keep from Singing

"Born Into Brothels: The Children of Calcutta's Red Light District"

 

Zana Briski

Born Into Brothels

 

2009

Changing Nature of War

From Resistance to Redemption: Rhythms of Hope

 

Holly Near

The Power of Song

 

Amy Horowitz

Zehava Ben: Singing Across Irresolvable Geographies and Counter Constituencies

 

Wilmington College Chorale

Song: The Bridge to Understanding, Reach Across the Lines

 

Emmanuel Jal

War Child: A Story of Survival

 

2008

Nonviolence

Faith as a tool for a nonviolent world

 

Matthew Kelly

The Violence We Commit Against Ourselves… and How it Impacts Every Aspect of Our Lives and World

 

Stephen Prothero

Religious Literacy: WhatEvery Asmerican Needs to Know- and Doesn’t

 

Wilmington College Chorale

Many Widows, One Light

 

Panel Discussion: Shakila Ahmad, Ari Plost, and David Zarembka

Putting Faith into Nonviolent Action

 

 

 

2007

Environment

The Environment, Peace, and You: The Promise of a Sustainable World

 

Jonny Dubowsky

Peace and the Environment

 

Elizabeth Royte

Garbage Land

 

Kartar Khalsa

The Story of Peace Cereal: From Personal Practice to Force for Peace

 

Tim Flannery

The Weather Makers: How Man is Changing the Climate and What it Means for Life on Earth

     

2006

Social Justice

Coloring Outside the Lines: Moving Beyond Borders

 

Richard Rodriguez

Eating a Burrito

 

Therese Zink

Exploring Outside the Comfort Zone

 

Bobbie Gottschalk

Maine Seeds of Peace – The Way Life Should Be

 

Stephen Bloom

Is Postville a Metaphor for America?

 

 

 

2005

Nature of War

Our Challenge: Transcending the War Within

 

John Crawford

The Last True Story I’ll Ever Tell 

 

Anne Welsh

Because the Fire Still Burns: Norman R. Morrison and the Vietnam War 

 

J Kadir Cannon

Who’s Telling Our Story? A Narrative Performance with Words and Images 

 

Chris Hedges

War is a Force That Gives Us Meaning: The Truth About War 

 

 

 

2004

Nonviolence

Constructing Peace: Voices of Hope

 

Sarah Chayes

Justice Against Warlordism: Working to Rebuild Afghanistan after the Taliban

 

Alicia Partnoy

The Survivor’s Voice: A “Dangerous” Tool for Justice and Peace

 

Gene Stoltzfus

The Story of World Wide Nonviolent Peacemaking

 

MUSE and Drums For Peace

Music of Peace, Music of Hope

 

   

 

 2003

The Environment

Pollution, Politics, and Peace

 

Robert F. Kennedy, Jr

Water: Its Social, Political, and Ecological Impact

 

Sr. Paula Gonzalez

Toward a Sustainable Future

 

Florence Fulk

EPA: The Agency, The Public, and The Science

 

Ka Hsaw Wa

Earth Rights: Accountability for Human Rights and Environmental Abuse

2002

Social Justice

Stolen Childhood: Restoring Hope

 

Jean-Robert Cadet

Restavec Girls: Silence, Submission, Servitude

 

Lori Heninger

Girls in Armed Groups

 

Eileen Cooper Reed

The State of Children in America’s Union

 

Carl Upchurch

How to Reach the Unreachable Child

 

 

 

2001

The Nature of War

War and Media: Rhetoric, Romance, and Reality

 

Robert Kaplan

The World in 2010

 

Susan Moeller

A Hierarchy of Innocence

 

Karl Grossman

Space: A New Arena of War

 

Bettina Gregory

The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly of Network News

 

 

 

2000

Nonviolence

Unlearn Violence: Teach Peace

 

Deborah Prothrow-Stith

Peace by Piece: The Guide for Preventing Community Violence

 

Stephen A Schwerner

What Can the Civil Rights Movement Teach Us About the Use of Nonviolence?

 

John Daniel

Dealing with the Crime of Apartheid: The Truth and Reconciliation Process in South Africa

 

Alice Ackermann

Preventing Violent Conflicts: Learning from Successful Cases

 

Betty Williams

Peace in our World is Everybody’s Business

     

1999

The Environment

Peacing the Earth Together

 

Jan Schlichtmann

Can There Be Environmental Justice For All?

 

Robert Bullard

Unequal Protection

 

Steve Curwood

Social Problems and Pollution

 

Winona LaDuke

Honor the Earth: Our Native American Legacy

 

 

 

 

 

 

1998

Social Justice

Global Justice: Our Struggle for Human Rights

 

Harry Wu

Our Struggle

 

Layli Miller Bashir

The Advancement of Women: A Prerequisite to World Peace

 

Baldemar Valasquez

Latinos, the Next Civil Rights Movement

 

Robert Hinshaw

The Waging of War and Peace in Guatemala

 

Julian Bond

Civil Rights: Then and Now

 

1997

The Nature of War

The Changing Nature of War: Human Costs and the Price of Peace

 

George McGovern

The Enemy Within

 

Elias Chacour

Making Peace in the Holy Land

 

Timothy Sisk

Peacemaking in Civil War: The Challenge of the Post-Cold War Era

 

Marjorie Nelson

The Etiology of War

 

Le Ly Hayslip

East Meets West: Bridging the Gap

     
1996 Nonviolence Nonviolence in Action

 

Colman McCarthy

How to Be an Effective Peacemaker

 

Liam Mahony

The Power of Presence

 

Steve Pedigo

Nonviolence in Urban Crises

 

Fran Schmidt

Building a Culture of Peace in the Schools

 

Marjorie Kerr

Community Aspects of Peacemaking

 

Randall Robinson

Making a Difference Internationally

     

1995

The Environment

Preserving the Environment: Building Block or Stumbling Block for Peace

 

Elise Boulding

Peace Building in Partnership with Nature

 

Gaylord Nelson

Resource Depletion and Sustainable, Peaceful Development

 

Ned Bibler & David Borton

Energy: New and Used

 

Stephen Collett

The Merging of Peace and Environment Issues through the United Nations

 

Chief Oren Lyons

Seeking a Sensible Relationship

     

1994

Social Justice

Battles, Bullets, and Bullies: A Survival Guide for the New World Order

 

Barrie Dunsmore

Where Do We Go From Here?

 

David Cortright

The Moral Dilemmas of Nonviolent Struggles

 

Walter Wink

Engaging the Powers: Changing the Spirit of America

 

Diana and John Lampen

Peace Making Through Community Development

 

Joyce Davis

Reducing Islamic/Western Tensions

 

Giandomenico Picco

America’s Role in the Community of Nations

     

1993

Nonviolence

Peaceful Solutions to Violent Problems: New American Agendas

 

Dr. Robert Henderson

An American Agenda: The Vision of Racial Unity

 

Daniel J. Porter

Teach for America

 

Kara Newell

Give Us Your Tired, Your Poor

 

Jim Hubbard

Shooting Back

 

Michael Levine

Why We’re Losing the War on Drugs

 

Dr. Alvin Pouissant

The Future of America’s Children                                       

     

1992

 

Turning Swords Into Plowshares

 

Andrei Kolosovsky

Democracy and Reforms in Russia: World Prospects

 

David Hackworth

Defending America in the 21st Century and Beyond

 

Randall Forsberg

Whatever Happened to the Peace Dividend?

 

Robert Oakley

Arms Control and Conflict Potential in the Near East

 

Betty Goetz Lall

Eliminating Chemical Weapons World-Wide

 

Juergen Dedring

Ramsey Clark

The Future Role of the United Nations

The Quest for Peace

 

1991

 

A Peaceful World For the Human Family

 

Dr. Helen Caldicott

War is Obsolete

 

Edward Snyder

Prospects for the Abolition of War - A Quaker perspective

 

Tanya Zierman

Building Bridges through Cultural Exchange

  Milan Svec Ethnic Strife in East/Central Europe
 

Arun Ghandi

The Relevance of Nonviolence in Today’s World