Celebration features student discussions about peace, human rights


    LOUISVILLE, Ky. — University of Louisville students, faculty and staff will mark the United Nations’ International Day of Peace Sept. 21 with several PeaceDay 2015 events leading into a weeklong celebration.

    The free, public activities during the Week Without Violence include panel discussions about peacemaking and civil rights advocacy and a film screening. Highlights are:

    — “Rise Up: Encouraging a Generation for Change,” students discuss peacemaking projects overseas, in the community and on campus, 3 p.m. Sept. 21, Chao Auditorium, Ekstrom Library.

    — “The Act of Killing,” screening of the film that won the 2014 British Academy Award for best documentary, 7 p.m. Sept. 21, Floyd Theater, Swain Student Activities Center.

    — “The Backlog,” discussion of rape-kit backlogs in Kentucky and efforts to bring justice for crime survivors, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 21, The Avenue Church at Cardinal Towne, 1820 S. Fourth St.

    — “Student Engagement with Civil Rights: Putting Experiences into Actions,” students share experiences from the 50th anniversary of Selma civil rights march, Ferguson project and Louisville White Privilege Conference, 4 p.m. Sept. 22, Room 205, Bingham Humanities Building.

    — “Peacemaking Processes Workshop,” Eileen Blanton from Louisville’s Peace Education Program will teach conflict management techniques, 4 p.m. Sept. 24, Room 205, Bingham Humanities Building.

    Students also will distribute tokens throughout the week as “random acts of kindness.”

    UofL’s Peace, Justice and Conflict Transformation program sponsors PeaceDay with support from the PEACC (Prevention, Education and Advocacy on Campus and in the Community) Center.

    For more information, contact Russell Vandenbroucke at 502-852-8448 or rjvand01@louisville.edu or check www.louisville.edu/peace

    Judy Hughes
    Judy Hughes is a senior communications and marketing coordinator for UofL’s Office of Communications and Marketing and associate editor of UofL Magazine. She previously worked in news as a writer and editor for a daily newspaper and The Associated Press.