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Common Dialogue Day Oct. 8

Siena Heights Tradition Has Theme of "Peacebuilding"

Jim Ziolkowski, founder and CEO of the non-profit organization Building With Books, is the keynote speaker during this year’s Common Dialogue Day, scheduled for Oct. 8 on the campus of Siena Heights University.

 

 Building With Books empowers youth in the United States through service learning programs and makes education available in developing parts of the world by partnering with local communities in places like Haiti, Malawi and Nepal to build schools. To date, BWB has built more than 250 schools around the world. To learn about Ziolkowski and his work, visit http://www.buildingwithbooks.org/default.aspx.

 

Common Dialogue Day is a Siena Heights tradition that allows for a day of discussion, debate and reflection. There are no classes during this day, and students are encouraged to participate with faculty, staff, alumni and administration to discuss different topics. This year's theme is "Peacebuilding."

 

Ziolkowski is scheduled to speak from 1-2:15 p.m. in Francoeur Theatre. There are numerous “breakout sessions” occurring around campus during the day, with Mass at 10:30 a.m. in Lumen Ecclesiae Chapel.

 

Common Dialogue Day is open to the public. More details can also be found by visiting the web site at www.sienaheights.edu.

 

Common Dialogue Day, Oct. 8

Schedule of Events

8:30-9:20 Invocation—Father Tom Helfrich; Rebecca Seitz—Overview; Sr. Peg Albert, O.P. Welcome Address and Refreshments (Dominican Hall Lobby); Music by---Nick Ambs & Gregg Milligan

 

9:30-10:20 Morning Breakout Sessions

  • Sport Management Group – Peacemaking and the Olympic Games (DH 114)
  • Jen Kavan and Patty Thomas – What is SOA Watch?  Learn about the ongoing and growing effort to close the school at Fort Benning, Georgia –too many of whose graduates have gone on to commit heinous crimes against humanity (DH 205).
  • Tim Leonard – A New Model to End War – A Discussion of Uri Savir’s Proposal (DH 203)
  • Ann Laurderdale –Peace and Restorative Justice (DH 206)
  • Ian Bell –Peace and God’s Will (Science 21)
  • Barb Cervenka –Fra Angelico:  Artist of Peace (Studio 11)
  • The Lenawee Peacemakers –How to Organize a Demonstration (DH 115)
  • The Michigan Peace Team  -learn about mediation practice and non-violent peacemaking (DH 116)
  • Jennifer Hanson –Peace and Co-Existence: Honoring Our Diversity—learn about international conflicts through the eyes of SHU’s International students. Hear about one man’s solution to foster peace in diverse contexts (Science 41)
  • Susan Conley Weeks – Will You Vote for Peace? – Principles of Peace, Candidates and the Election (DH 204)

10:30 -11:20 Mass for Peace (Lumen Ecclesia Chapel)

 

11:30-12:45 Lunch (Benincasa); Music by---Nick Ambs & Gregg Milligan and David Suydam

 

1:00-2:15 Keynote Address: Jim Ziolkowski—“Educating for Peace” (Francoeur Theater)

 

2:30-3:20 Afternoon Breakout Sessions

  • Jen Kavan and Patti Thomas – What is SOA Watch?  Learn about the ongoing and growing effort to close the school at Fort Benning, Georgia –too many of whose graduates have gone on to commit heinous crimes against humanity. (DH 205)
  • Julieanna Frost -Can Claymation mold Peaceful Children?  The History of Davey and Goliath (Science 21)
  • Gail Ryder –Peace and Poetry-Share your favorite poetry related to peace (DH 115-or outside)
  • Kathy Burke –Children and peacemaking (DH 206)
  • Visual Artist Society –Paper Cranes for Peace  (Studio 11)
  • Kerry Graves and Joni Warner–Theater Games for Conflict Resolution (Lab Theater)
  • Tad Dunne – Peacemaking in Hearts and History: Views from Scripture and Philosophy (DH 203)
  • Lisa Richman – From Chivalry to Jealousy: Love, Hate, Dating and Violence (DH 114)
  • Susan Conley Weeks – Will You Vote for Peace? – Principles of Peace, Candidates and the Election (DH 204)
  • David Stocker---Christian and Catholic Ashrams: Mission and History (Campus Ministry Lounge)

 

3:30 Closing Ceremony/ Hanging of the Tibetan Prayer Flags (Courtyard behind Dominican Hall)

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