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Nobel Peace Prize Nominee Cora Weiss Coming to Fisher October 22

10/15/2012


Nobel Peace Prize Nominee Cora Weiss Coming to Fisher October 22

Cora Weiss, President, Hague Appeal for Peace and three-time Nobel Peace Prize nominee, will be a guest speaker at St. John Fisher College on October 22 in conjunction with the “1,000 PeaceWomen Across the Globe” exhibit now on display in Lavery Library. Her talk will begin at 6:00 p.m. in Cleary Auditorium, with a reception immediately following. Tony Jenkins, Vice President for Academic Affairs of the National Peace Academy (NPA) and peace education expert, will accompany Weiss for her talk. The event is free and open to the public.

Weiss has been a well-known peace activist since the early 1960s when she was a national leader of Women Strike for Peace, which played a major role in bringing about the end of atmospheric nuclear testing. She was a leader of the Vietnam anti-war movement, co-organizing demonstrations and directing the committee that arranged for regular correspondence between prisoners of war (POW) and their families. That committee brought three POWs home during the war.

She has devoted her life to the movements for civil rights, human rights, women’s empowerment, and peace. She was particularly engaged in supporting African liberation from colonialism and apartheid.

Weiss is a founder of the Global Campaign for Peace Education; Honorary Patron and frequent speaker for the Committee on Teaching about the United Nations; Member of the Council on Foreign Relations; and Member of the NGO Committee on the Status of Women. In addition, she was President of the International Peace Bureau; Co-Founder and Director of The Riverside Church Disarmament Program; Non-governmental Representative to the World Conferences on Women (Nairobi, 1985) and (Beijing , 1995); and Executive Director of the African-American Students Foundation (Airlift). In the 1970s, she had her own radio show called, Cora Weiss Comments - A Microphone for Women.

She was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2000 and 2001, and again in 2005, when she was among the “1,000 Women for Peace” nominated as a group. She and her husband, Peter, received recognition from the Phelps Stokes Fund for their service to Africa and commitment to justice and peace. She was the first recipient of the William Sloane Coffin Award for Peace and Justice offered by the Yale Divinity School in October 2003.

Tony Jenkins

Tony Jenkins

Prior to joining the NPA, Jenkins was the Co-Director of the Peace Education Center at Teachers College, Columbia University, for 10 years. He has worked around the world supporting the development of “learning communities” of peace educators to address and transform local manifestations of violence through education and active citizen participation. His current work and research interests focus on examining the impacts and effectiveness of peace education methods and pedagogies in nurturing personal, social, and political change and transformation. Tony’s areas of expertise include teacher training in peace education, peace pedagogy, gender and peace, and disarmament education.

Lavery Library, the Ethics Minor Program, and the Jennifer Koon Peacemaking Fund will also sponsor a free Peace Education Workshop featuring Jenkins on October 22 at 3:00 p.m. in the Lower Level of the library. Space is limited to 20, and lunch will be provided. Contact Linda MacCammon (lmaccammon@sjfc.edu) to reserve a seat. 

The “1,000 PeaceWomen Across the Globe” exhibit will be on display at the College until November 30. The exhibit has been seen on an international level and features 1,000 women who have been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. Weiss is one of the featured women.

For more information about the event, text "PeaceWomen" to 99000, or visit the Library's website.


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