The Westheimer Peace Symposium, as described by the Wilmington College website, “will focus 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.” The Symposium will take place Tuesday October 10. Classes will be put off due to the event, however all Freshman at Wilmington College are required to go.
Each year the Symposium chooses a topic to explore, and this year it will be “Peace and the Nature of War.” This topic is important in the current political landscape because of the recent dispelling of refugees and others from the United States by the Trump administration. The previous themes that have been recycled throughout the past 20 years that the Westheimer Peace Symposium has been held at Wilmington College are Peace and the Environment, Peace and Social Justice, and Peace and Non-Violence.
Tanya Maus, director of the Peace Resource Center (PRC), said, “We have found several concerns for the high reduction of immigrants from the United States. We feel that it would be helpful to focus on this topic to illuminate refugee struggles.” She is highly invested in what she calls ‘Welcoming the Other’ as it is an important debate in our country about letting refugees in. Tanya also said, “It is important to realize we are all other to one another”.
“We have found several concerns for the high reduction of immigrants from the United States. We feel that it would be helpful to focus on this topic to illuminate refugee struggles.” – Tanya Maus, Director of PRC
Freshman will be attending the Symposium because of their Global 125 requirements but everyone is highly encouraged to go and enjoy themselves.
On October 4th there will be a trip to the Cincinnati Islamic Center with Chip Murdock.
On October 7th a Model U.N. simulation exercise will also be held by a group of students acting out the “Passages” play. Lily Beane oversees putting the play together. For more information you can contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
All events will be held in the Highland Theater in Boyd, the Football Stadium (unless it rains which it will then be moved to a rain-free location) and Kelly Hall. Everyone is invited to attend and learn something new! Perhaps even see from a new perspective, meet cool people and have an awesome day!