National Plowshares Student Conference

Starting Date: 10-22-2004
Ending Date: 10-24-2004

Earlham College
801 National Road West
Richmond, Indiana 47374
United States
“Bringing our pieces together:
Peacebuilding Through Intercultural Dialogue”

The second annual Plowshares National Student Peace and Justice Conference will be held in Richmond, Indiana at Earlham College. The conference will showcase diverse speakers, facilitators, and performers who will challenge and enhance students’ perspectives on peace building. Participants will consider cultural issues that are not commonly examined, develop skills needed to engage in intercultural dialogue, and be inspired to work towards positive local, national, and global change.

Aaron Miller Friday 7:30 pm

Aaron David Miller is the President of Seeds of Peace, a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing young people from regions of conflict together and empowering them with the skills required for leadership, negotiation, and peacemaking. Miller resigned from the Department of State in January 2003 where he had served as an advisor to the last six Secretaries of State on the Arab-Israeli negotiations. He received his Ph.D. in Middle Eastern and American diplomatic history from the University of Michigan in 1977. He has written three books on the Middle East.

Mental Notes with DR and Special Guests Friday 9:30 pm

Mental Notes is a part of the Movement in Motion arts collective out of New York City. Movement in Motion was developed out of dialogue between artists and students questioning the current state of our democracy. The artists’ music and performances offer energy, passion, and rhythm to the developing global peace movement. They have been featured in the Drop Beats Not Bombs tour.

Jennie Kiesling Saturday 9:30 am

Jennie Kiesling, Professor of History at the United States Military Academy, specializes in the study of war but has also published on gender and war and on tensions between military and civilian cultures. She holds a B.A. from Yale University, a M.A. degree from Oxford University, and a Ph.D. from Stanford University. Kiesling is the author of Arming Against Hitler: France and the Limits of Military Planning.

Ilyasah Shabazz Saturday 3:00 pm

Ilyasah Shabazz, daughter of Malcolm X, holds a M.S. degree in Education & Human Resource Development and a B.S. in Biology. As a compassionate humanitarian working in both the educational and governmental sectors, Shabazz is committed to the empowerment of future generations. Shabazz has organized training programs to encourage higher education for inner-city, at-risk youth. Her most prized project includes an interactive youth publication entitled The Way We Feel. She is the author of Growing up X.

Funkadesi Saturday 10:00 pm

Funkadesi is a dynamic ensemble of musicians that integrate East Indian music (Hindi film, folk, and classical) with reggae, funk, and Afro-Caribbean grooves. The band members’ cultural backgrounds are as diverse as the music, including Indian-American, Jamaican, African-American, European-American, and Latino heritages.

Saoud El Mawla Sunday 1:00 pm

Saoud El Mawla holds a doctorate in Islamic civilization and M.A. degrees in both Islamic civilization and philosophy. He has participated in dialogues about Islam, the Middle East, and Interfaith relationships. He most recently served as an associate professor at Lebanese University and is currently Earlham’s Plowshares professor.

Geographical Scope: National

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