Justice and Peace: A Call to Local and Global Community
A full conference schedule will be available by July 15 at www.wilmington.edu/the-wilmington-difference.
- The 40th Anniversary Conference of the Peace Resource Center at Wilmington College
- Thursday and Friday, Septemeber 10-11, 2015
- Wilmington College, Wilmington, Ohio
- Keynote Speaker: Norma Field, Robert S. Ingersoll Professor Emerita, University of Chicago, "How Can We Say and Mean Peace Today"
- Plenary Speaker: Elyssa Faison, Associate Professor of Japanese History, University of Oklahoma, "Barbara Reynolds, Hiroshima, and the Origins of Transnational Anti-Nuclear Movement"
- Plenary Speaker and Community Activist: Kazu Haga, Coordinator, East Point Peace Academy, "A Study in Kingian Non-Violence for Social Justice Movements"
About the Peace Resource Center
Founded in 1975 by the Quaker peace activist Barbara Reynolds (1915-1990), the Peace Resource Center (PRC) at Wilmington College creates a vital connection between the campus community and efforts toward non-violence, social justice, and global peace. Barbara Reynolds worked ceaselessly to create a world free of nuclear weaponry and war and to help atomic bombing survivors share their stories of the hopelessness of military conflict. In the late 1950s, Barbara and her family became icons of the global peace and antinuclear movement after sailing their yacht, the Phoenix of Hiroshima, into a US nuclear test site next to the Bikini Islands in the Pacific Ocean. Currently, the PRC develops events and programming that encourages dialogue on the Wilmington College campus about how to resolve conflict non-violently from the personal to the global level. The PRC assists faculty and students in creating student-led projects, internships, and local/global collaborations so that Wilmington College and its local region can become an even greater part of a global community of peace. In addition, the PRC is the home of the unique archive, the Hiroshima and Nagasaki Memorial Collection. Scholars throughout the country have visited the PRC to utilize this vast collection of materials for their research on the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Together with its non-violence, social justice, and global peace programming, as well as its priceless archive and collection of historical documents, the Peace Resource Center is a unique space that promotes and affirms peace as a core value of the Wilmington College mission.
About Wilmington College
This anniversary conference will be held at Wilmington College in Wilmington, Ohio, a small liberal arts college founded in 1870 by the Religious Society of Friends. As an academic community, Wilmington College is rooted in historic Quaker values that include integrity, service, simplicity, equality, peace and social justice, and respect for all persons. These values motivate those who learn and work at Wilmington College to make positive contributions to their professions and their communities.