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Leymah Gbowee to Present Spring 2022 Norman and Louis Miller Lecture, Announced at St. Norbert College

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From St. Norbert College, March 28, 2022
by Lily Maier,, 920-403-3089

Leymah Gbowee will present the Spring 2022 Norman and Louis Miller Lecture in Public Understanding on Tuesday, April 12, at 7 p.m. in the Walter Theatre at the Abbot Pennings Hall of Fine Arts. The lecture, “Mighty Be Our Powers: Investing in the Next Generation of Peacebuilders,” is free and open to the public.

Gbowee’s presentation will share how she forged an interfaith coalition of women to end Liberia’s civil war, the journey since receiving the Nobel Peace Prize ten years ago, and her hopes for the future ahead.

Gbowee is the 2011 Nobel Peace Laureate, a Liberian peace activist, social worker and women’s right advocate. Gbowee was 17 years old when the Liberian civil war started and turned her, in her own words, “from a child into an adult in a matter of hours.” Gbowee became a founding member and Liberia’s coordinator for the Women in Peacebuilding Network (WIPNET) of the West Africa Network for Peacebuilding (WANEP). In addition, Gbowee became the founder and president of the Gbowee Peace Foundation Africa.

Gbowee’s story is told in the 2008 documentary film “Pray the Devil Back to Hell” and in her 2011 memoir, “Mighty Be Our Powers.” She holds an M.A. in conflict transformation from Eastern Mennonite University (Harrisonburg, Va.), and has received honorary doctorates from Rhodes University (South Africa), the University of Alberta (Canada) and Polytechnic University (Mozambique).

The Norman and Louis Miller Lecture in Public Understanding was established in 1993 by the Norman Miller Family Foundation to honor Norman’s brother, Louis Miller, who died in 1989. When Norman died in 2008, his name was added to the lecture series, which promotes unity, communication and tolerance among different cultures, religions, ethnicities and traditions.

For more information, call the Norman Miller Center at 920-403-3881 or, or visit their website at

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