Peace Calendar

Sep
21
Fri
International Day of Peace Celebration @ Keeling-Puri Peace Plaza
Sep 21 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
International Day of Peace Program @ Keeling Puri Peace Plaza
Sep 21 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
International Day of Peace Program @ Keeling Puri Peace Plaza

International Day of Peace Celebration

“Building Bridges of Understanding”

Keeling-Puri Peace Plaza

Friday, September 21, 2018 from 9:00am to 1:00pm

OUR PROGRAM FOR THE DAY:

Anne Sibley O’Brien returns with this companion story to I’m New Here, as three elementary schoolers – who aren’t new – begin to understand and embrace three immigrant students in an honest and heartwarming look at diversity, inclusion and friendship.

Each class attending the International Day of Peace will receive a copy of Someone New for their classroom and another to read with a younger class – spreading these lessons even wider.

Dorothy Paige Turner – award-winning, well-known and highly respected artist and music educator will help students understand how each of us can bridge cultures promoting peace and understanding through music and interactive interpretation of the featured story.

History comes to life as veteran actor Carl Towns portrays Lewis Lemon, a freed slave and founder of Rockford.

Sue Crandall – portrays local legend in peace-making history, Jane Addams. Ms. Addams graduated from Rockford College in 1881, and founded and sustained the world famous social settlement Hull-House.

Nestor Gomez – Nestor immigrated to the US from Guatemala as a child in the 1980’s. He is an award-winning storyteller and will tell his story of immigration and personal experiences in a new country, new school and new culture.

Megan Wells – National Award winning actress and storyteller, presents “Island of Hope” an Irish girl tells the story of her journey to America through the amazing and frightening Ellis Island.

Jim May – Emmy award winning storyteller, teacher, author and Peace Day favorite – We are pleased to welcome Jim back to share his stories of peace and understanding with the children.

Interactive peace-making activities include:

 Center for Non-Violence – will bring 2 mobile labs; the tech lab has computers and music equipment and the art lab is for sketching and drawing encouraging the children to use imagination in peace-related ways.

 Rockford Arts Council – Walk the Chalk! – messages of peace on the bike path at the Peace Plaza

Yoga for Everyone – stretch your body as well as your mind with Tami Bogard

Winnebago County Sheriff’s Department – get to know our Keepers of the Peace

Rockford’s Sister Cities will share their language, stories and customs

Students can also: “Take the Peace Pledge”, have their passports stamped, do rubbings of the message “May Peace Prevail on Earth” from the Peace Poles and meet the peaceful pigeons!

To register your students for this free event contact, space is limited: Karen.Bieschke@aol.com

“YES” CLUB – Annual Rally for Peace @ Giovanni's Restaurant and Conference Center
Sep 21 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
"YES" CLUB - Annual Rally for Peace @ Giovanni's Restaurant and Conference Center | Rockford | Illinois | United States

Sounds of Good News

“YES” Club Annual Rally for Peace

On the International Day of Peace

Hosted by Winnebago County Sheriff Gary Caruana and State’s Attorney Joseph Bruscato

Friday, September 21, 2018

Giovanni’s Restaurant & Convention Center

610 N. Bell School Road, Rockford, IL 61107

Come and enjoy a delicious dinner, great music, and regional/national guest speakers as we combat drugs, violence, crime & stress with our youth!

 

For tickets ($50 per person):  http://yes-club-rally-for-peace.eventbrite.com

OR call:  (815) 914-1487

Or visit:  http://www.yesclubcep.us

Sep
27
Thu
Book Discussion – “The Warmth of Other Suns” @ Montague Public Library
Sep 27 @ 6:00 pm – 7:45 pm
Book Discussion - "The Warmth of Other Suns" @ Montague Public Library | Rockford | Illinois | United States

Book Discussion

The Warmth of Other Suns

By Isabel Wilkerson

The author won the 1994 Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing for her reporting as Chicago bureau chief of The New York Times. The award made her the first black woman in the history of American journalism to win a Pulitzer Prize.

“By focusing on every day experiences rather than sweeping generalities, the book allowed me to see the insidious and pervasive nature of Jim Crow, how it affected every moment of every day, how no action could be too insignificant to be viewed as a threat to the social order and therefore to involve the risk of one’s life. I had no idea that it was illegal for black people to work outside the cotton fields or orange groves, nor did I have any idea it was so dangerous to leave the south. These lives and stories are deeply, deeply affecting.”

Held at the Montague Public Library

1238 S. Winnebago St, Rockford, IL 61102:

First Meeting: Thursday, September 27, 2018 @ 6:00-7:45 pm. We will meet and discuss the 1st half of the book.

2nd Meeting: Thursday, October 25, 2018 @ 6:00-7:45 pm           We will meet and discuss the 2nd half of the book.

Questions:   Email: annrundall@gmail.com

Sponsored by The Community Initiative for Racial and Social Justice

            A Program of the Institute for the Oneness of Humanity, in partnership with Rockford Public Library

Oct
5
Fri
Justice and Return – The Comics and Illustrations of Leila Abdelrazaq @ Rockford University, Severson Auditorium, Scarborough Hall
Oct 5 @ 5:00 pm
Justice and Return - The Comics and Illustrations of Leila Abdelrazaq @ Rockford University, Severson Auditorium, Scarborough Hall | Rockford | Illinois | United States

Justice and Return – The Comics and Illustrations of Leila Abdelrazaq

Friday, Oct. 5, 5 p.m.

Severson Auditorium, Scarborough Hall

This Palestinian author and artist will discuss her biographical and autobiographical comics, and the way she has used the comic form to make Palestinian issues accessible to a broad range of audiences. She will also discuss the political importance of storytelling in marginalized communities, and the power of self-publishing and zine-making as a tool for activism.

 

Oct
10
Wed
The Power of Food for Health: Neal Barnard @ Rockford University, Regents Hall, Burpee Center
Oct 10 @ 7:00 pm
The Power of Food for Health:  Neal Barnard @ Rockford University, Regents Hall, Burpee Center | Rockford | Illinois | United States

The Power of Food for Health:  Neal Barnard

Wednesday, Oct. 10, 7 p.m.

Regents Hall, Burpee Center

Please join Dr. Neal Barnard, president of The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, as he discusses the science behind what you eat.  Learn how food can help you tackle cholesterol, weight problems, diabetes, and heart disease and even improve brain function.  Dr. Barnard will discuss the benefits of a plant-based diet along with offering practical guidance on how to turn your health around, starting one bite at a time.

Oct
15
Mon
Factfulness: Anna Rosling Rönnlund @ Rockford University, Maddox Theatre
Oct 15 @ 7:00 pm
Factfulness:  Anna Rosling Rönnlund @ Rockford University, Maddox Theatre | Rockford | Illinois | United States

Factfulness: Anna Rosling Rönnlund

Monday, October 15, 7p.m.

Maddox Theatre, Clark Arts Center

Factfulness is the stress-reducing habit of only carrying opinions for which you have strong supporting facts. In this interactive conversation presented with Rockford’s Connect2Peace organization, you’ll hear 10 instincts that distort our understanding of the world and how the thinking habit of factfulness can help. You’ll also learn about Dollar Street, an innovative data visualization program that uses data to depict how people really live.

 

Oct
25
Thu
Book Discussion – “The Warmth of Other Suns” @ Montague Public Library
Oct 25 @ 6:00 pm – 7:45 pm
Book Discussion - "The Warmth of Other Suns" @ Montague Public Library | Rockford | Illinois | United States

Book Discussion

The Warmth of Other Suns

By Isabel Wilkerson

The author won the 1994 Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing for her reporting as Chicago bureau chief of The New York Times. The award made her the first black woman in the history of American journalism to win a Pulitzer Prize.

“By focusing on every day experiences rather than sweeping generalities, the book allowed me to see the insidious and pervasive nature of Jim Crow, how it affected every moment of every day, how no action could be too insignificant to be viewed as a threat to the social order and therefore to involve the risk of one’s life. I had no idea that it was illegal for black people to work outside the cotton fields or orange groves, nor did I have any idea it was so dangerous to leave the south. These lives and stories are deeply, deeply affecting.”

Held at the Montague Public Library

1238 S. Winnebago St, Rockford, IL 61102:

First Meeting: Thursday, September 27, 2018 @ 6:00-7:45 pm. We will meet and discuss the 1st half of the book.

2nd Meeting: Thursday, October 25, 2018 @ 6:00-7:45 pm           We will meet and discuss the 2nd half of the book.

Questions:   Email: annrundall@gmail.com

Sponsored by The Community Initiative for Racial and Social Justice

            A Program of the Institute for the Oneness of Humanity, in partnership with Rockford Public Library

Oct
29
Mon
Rockford’s Daughter – Reintegrating the Life of Ellen Gates Starr @ Rockford University, Fisher Chapel
Oct 29 @ 7:00 pm
Rockford's Daughter - Reintegrating the Life of Ellen Gates Starr @ Rockford University, Fisher Chapel | Rockford | Illinois | United States

Rockford’s Daughter- Reintegrating the Life of Ellen Gates Starr as a Social Reformer, Artist, Activist, and Religious Seeker: Annie Storr

Monday, Oct. 29, 7 p.m.

Fisher Memorial Chapel

Rockford Alumna Ellen Gates Starr (1859-1940) may be one of America’s most important under-studied figures of the early 20th Century.  Side by side with her lifelong friend, alumna and Nobel Laureate, Jane Addams (1860-1935), she co-founded Chicago’s famous Hull-House.  Part of this story is her role as an articulate conveyor of ideas, both directions, between the Progressive Midwest and the Britain of the Suffrage Movement, the Arts and Crafts Movement, the Social Gospel and Modern literary circles.  Dr. Annie Storr is a Resident Scholar at Brandeis University’s Women’s Research Study Center and teaches Gallery-Based Teaching and Learning in the Museum Studies Program at Harvard.

Nov
12
Mon
History of White People in America: Pierce Freelow @ Rockford University, Maddox Theatre
Nov 12 @ 3:00 pm
History of White People in America:  Pierce Freelow @ Rockford University, Maddox Theatre | Rockford | Illinois | United States

History of White people in America:  Pierce Freelon

Monday Nov. 12, 3 p.m.

Maddox Theatre, Clark Arts Center

Freelon is a captivating speaker and performer, whose presentations about race, politics, technology and culture leave audiences entertained and enlightened. He will provide an in-depth look at race as a cultural construct, in this multimedia presentation that grapples with the question of a post-racial America, and explores the redemptive, healing and emancipatory power of music and poetry.