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Westheimer Peace Symposium

October 5, 2021

The goal of this year’s Westheimer Peace Symposium is to take a deep dive into the relationship between nonviolence and social justice through a day-long dialogue and interchange between pioneering Quaker sociologist and peace activist George Lakey and Dayton-area Sociologist and Social justice activist Amaha Sellassie.

This year’s symposium – “Build a Just World: A Toolbox for Nonviolent Social Change” – will incorporate both Westheimer themes of Peace and Social Justice and Peace and Nonviolence by providing an opportunity for a dialogue between George Lakey and Amaha Sellassie regarding these concepts and practices throughout the day. It is our hope that all who attend will gain basic knowledge on how to develop their own toolbox for nonviolent and just social change. 

2021 Schedule

Tuesday, Oct. 5

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9:40 to 11:10 a.m. | George Lakey on the Meaning of Nonviolence

11:20 a.m. to 12:50 p.m. | Amaha Sellassie on the Meaning of Social Justice

1 to 2:30 p.m. | Farm-to-table community leader luncheon with Wilmington community leaders

2:40 to 4:10 p.m. | George Lakey and Amaha Sellassie – a dialogue regarding key training and practices necessary for just social change in our times

6 to 7:30 p.m. | George Lakey and Amaha Sellassie – discussion with community regarding first steps to developing a campus and community toolbox for just nonviolent social change

8 to 10 p.m. | Concert related to social justice/nonviolence featuring the country and bluegrass acts “Possessed by Paul James” and “The Tillers.”