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John Dear

The Rev. John Dear, S.J.

October 2009
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Influential speakers on campus this fall

A visit to campus last week by Nobel Peace Prize nominee the Rev. John Dear, S.J., heralded a lineup of influential speakers who will speak on campus this fall.

Shibley Telhami, Anwar Sadat professor for peace and development at the University of Maryland will give a lecture on Oct. 20. John Carr, who has represented the U.S. Bishops Conference at the Vatican and around the world, speaks Nov 2.

Ambassador of Peace
Each year, the Peace and Justice Center presents the Ambassador of Peace Award to an individual who has demonstrated unwavering dedication to Christian peace-building. Robert Pyne, director of the center, says that the recipient should “exemplify a passion and activism for peacemaking over a long stretch.”

Dear, this year’s recipient, worked with Mother Teresa to abolish the death penalty, and has been arrested more than 75 times for acts of nonviolent civil disobedience for peace.

A dedicated pastor, peace activist, and author/editor of 25 publications on peace and justice, Dear was a nominee for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2008. He has traveled to El Salvador, Nicaragua, Guatemala and even visited India with Arun Gandhi, grandson of Mahatma Gandhi. Pyne specifically notes his work of non-violent protest, saying “not many people do that, and no one does it better than Fr. Dear.”

Commending his impressive list of credentials and staunch commitment to public service, the Peace and Justice Center recognized Dear Oct. 1 when he spoke in the Bemis International Center.

The Miller Lecturer
Shibley Telhami will be the distinguished speaker at this year’s Norman and Louis Miller Lecture on Tuesday, Oct. 20. The Miller Lecture is meant to “encourage the understanding of diversity,” says Pyne. Telhami is the Anwar Sadat professor for peace and development at the University of Maryland.

Telhami is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and serves on the board of the Education for Employment Foundation. He has previously worked on the U.S. Advisory Group on Public Diplomacy for the Arab and Muslim World and the board of Human Rights Watch. Telhami will speak about the way people in America understand the Muslim world. The purpose of the Miller Lecture is to promote unity, communication and tolerance among different cultures, religions, ethnicities and traditions, and in a way that develops better understanding among people.

Mark your calendars for more to come
The Killeen Chair lecture series welcomes two speakers this fall who will talk on aspects of its theme, "Women in a Special Place: Women and the Norbertine Liberal Arts Experience." Shelley Wolbrink of Drury University will give a lecture Tuesday, Oct. 13, titled "Most Pleasing in Christ: Premonstratensian Sisters in the Middle Ages." Charlene Haddock Siegfried of Purdue University will speak Thursday, Nov. 5, on "Jane Addams' Struggles with the Life of Art and the Art of Life."

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