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Westheimer Peace Symposium

2017 Westheimer Peace Symposium – “Welcoming the Other”

The 2017 Westheimer Peace Symposium focuses on “the changing nature of war” by illuminating the experiences of refugees who have come to the United States to escape violence and devastation in their home countries. Through film, role playing, conversations with refugee service providers, and a special keynote by Jim Keady, Director of Education for Justice, the symposium will inspire a deeper understanding of the conditions refugees face at home, in their journeys to new countries, and after their arrival in the United States.


Events Leading up to the Westheimer Peace Symposium

“The Good Lie”

Thursday, September 21
8:00-10:30 p.m.

Wilmington College, The Mall, Adjacent to the Volleyball Court – (Rain location, Boyd 119)

Islamic Center of Greater Cincinnati Tour

Wednesday, October 4
6:00 p.m. departure from Hermann Court Entrance

Visit the Islamic Center of Greater Cincinnati followed by a meal at Sultan’s Restaurant. Return to WC at 11:30 p.m.

“Refugees in the United States: An Interfaith Trialogue”

With members of the interfaith organization Trialogue from Cincinnati, Matt Hursey (’18) from Wilmington College and Spoken Word by Salma Albezreh from Dayton High

Monday, October 9
7:30-9:30 p.m.
The McCoy Room, Kelly Hall

Westheimer Peace Symposium, Tuesday, October 10, 2017

“Passages”: A UN Refugee Awareness Raising Game

Tuesday, October 10
9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
8:30 a.m.
101 Hermann Court.

The game will be at Williams Stadium. UN Awareness Game to understand the experiences of refugees.

“Welcoming the OTHER with Catholic Social Services”

Panel Discussion with Michael Murphy, Program Manager of Refugee Resettlement Catholic Social Services of the Miami Valley

Tuesday, October 10
1:00-3:00 p.m.
McCoy Room, Kelly Hall

“Welcoming the Other: Stories of Greek Refugee Camps through the Arts”

Yellow Springs Ceramacist Beth Holyoke will facilitate a hand’s on art experience as she discusses her time in refugee camps in N. Greece and the Island of Lesbos in February and August 2017.

Tuesday, October 10
3:15-5:00 p.m.

Keynote Speaker Jim Keady and the World House Choir #WagingPeace

Tuesday, October 10
7:00-9:00 p.m.
Hugh Heiland Theater, Boyd Cultural Arts Center