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Westheimer Peace Symposium

2016 Westheimer Peace Symposium – “The Art of Nonviolence”

Based on both senses of “art,” this year’s Westheimer Peace Symposium emphasizes nonviolence as creative expression and as a skill to be acquired and honed. From the creative and imaginative nonviolent actions of the civil rights movement, to dance, quilts, music, and social media devoted to social justice, the 2016 Westheimer Peace Symposium explores the art of nonviolent social change in the past and present.


Schedule of Events

Saturday, October 8

1 to 3 p.m. – McCoy Room, Kelly Center

Family-Friendly Creative Play: Hosted by Arcadia Learning Commons, the afternoon will invite parents and caregivers to consider how to encourage nonviolence through play.

Monday, October 10

7:30 p.m. – Heiland Theatre, Boyd Cultural Arts Center

Dancing Nonviolence: Cosponsored by Wilmington College Issues & Artists and Activities Programming Board, this performance by Dayton Contemporary Dance Company will encourage everyone to think creatively about how the arts can be used to communicate messages nonviolently.

Tuesday, October 11

All Day: Creating Nonviolence Art Competition Exhibit – Harcum Art Gallery, Boyd Cultural Arts Center

How to submit art

All Day:Boycott – The Art of Economic Activism” from American Friends Service Committee –Quaker Heritage Center, Boyd Cultural Arts Center

10 a.m.: Imagining Nonviolence in the Civil Rights Movement: A film showing of “Selma,” cosponsored by Wilmington College Multicultural Affairs and Black Student Initiative

12 noon to 6 p.m.: Community Peace Quilt Quilting Stations for a community peace quilt sponsored by the Peace Resource Center – Peace Resource Center and Boyd Cultural Arts Center lobby

1 p.m.: The Art of Social Media for Social Change: Panel Discussion with Rachel Durso (Washington University), Toan Lam (Go Inspire Go), and Zellie Imani (Teacher and Activist)

2:30 p.m.: The Art of Nonviolence for Social Change: Workshops on various topics, including a discussion of “Selma” – Classrooms, Boyd Cultural Arts Center

4 p.m.: Quilting Nonviolence: The African American Experience, an artist’s talk with Riche Richardson – Quaker Heritage Center, Boyd Cultural Arts Center

5 p.m.: Creating Nonviolence Art Contest Exhibit and Awards Reception – Harcum Art Gallery, Boyd Cultural Arts Center

7:30 p.m.: Performing Justice and Peace with the World House Choir – Heiland Theatre, Boyd Cultural Arts Center