Give Peace a Chance:

Our Spring Series

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Free and Open to the Public

Free Convenient Parking

Thursday, April 13; Wednesday, April 19; and Thursday, April 27

6:30-7:30 PM


Cascade Township Branch Library

2870 Jack Smith Ave. SE

Grand Rapids, MI 49546

Thursday, April 13: “Peace in Action”

with: Ms. Ann-Louise Colgan, Director of Public Education

United States Institute of Peace

Today’s world poses a dizzying and often depressing array of challenges, and violent conflicts seem to dominate our international headlines.  But work for peace persists, even in the most difficult circumstances, in places like Iraq and Afghanistan and beyond. What does it mean to be a peacebuilder today? How do we pursue peace in practice? What role can everyday people, and especially young people, play in building peace in our world? 

Wednesday, April 19: “The New Peacebuilding: Challenges and Opportunities”

 with: Dr. George Lopez, Hesburgh Professor of Peace Studies, Emeritus

 Kroc Institute, University of Notre Dame

Many pundits and professional politicians suggest that our era of global violence, and especially terrorism, makes peace a fantasy.  This presentation will challenge that claim and will illustrate the new pathways to building peace, particularly on ways in which individual citizens and larger civil society groups can play important roles in building peace in their local communities and especially in outreach to the wider world.

Thursday, April 27: “Perspectives on Peace in the New Administration”

 with: Dr. Frederic Pearson, Center for Peace and Conflict Studies

Wayne State University

With the presidential elections so recent, it is unclear what direction the new administration will take. Dr. Pearson will outline President Trump’s first 100 days in office. Given the trends in his presidential policy thus far, he’ll assess what that means for the prospects of peace worldwide.

Join #GlobalConnections, the Council's group for young professionals and the young at heart, after these events for "Drinks and Discussion" at the Cascade Roadhouse!  If you would like to meet new people while discussing the topic and enjoying food and drink, join us.  

There is no cost to attend the meet up; food and drink is on your own.

Location:  6817 Cascade Road SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546