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2014 SPRING Upcoming Events

 

Peace Camp August 11-15, 2014

This year, our Peace Camp's theme is "Peace and Diversity". Children ages 6-13 will be on JMU's campus from August 11 - 15 in Warren Hall, Taylor Hall and Grafton Stovall Theatre. Registration is open until August 1 and costs $60. To sign up your child, please go here.

 

April 17, 2014 Taylor Hall 306, "Bed Talks"

Is there respect for sex among JMU students? Does consent seem ambiguous to you? Can the use of social media be intrusive? Come for a facilitated community discussion about sex and campus life; a need for concern or not?

 

April 15, 2014 Grafton Stovall Theater 7-9 pm "Girl Rising" film

Please join the College of Education, the Future Social Studies Educators and the Gandhi Center as we raise awareness about the importance of girls' education in developing/underdeveloped societies through this film. FSSE's philanthropy supports the Maasai Nasaruni girl's boarding school in Kenya. Please see http://fsse.weebly.com/philanthropy.html for more information on the Maasai Nasaruni school.

 


past events

The Great March for Climate Action January 26, 2014, Court Square Theater

Jerry Stewart, of Loudon County, VA, will be marching with others on March 1. Hundreds of climate patriots will set out from Los Angeles on a 3000 mile cross country journey to change the hearts and minds of the American people, our elected leaders and people across the world to act now to address the climate crisis. Here’s hoping to see you from 4:00 – 6:00 pm, Sunday afternoon, January 26, at Court Square Theater, 41 Court Square, Harrisonburg!

November 6, 2013 HHS 2301 7 pm "Post Conflict Reconstruction: Bottom Up Sustainable Economics Post Conflict"

Come to HHS, room 2301 on Wednesday, November 6, to hear Michael Cipoletti, Executive Director of Friends, NE, talk about post-conflict reconstruction. 

Michael will lecture on his years of experience working on post-conflict recovery in Nicaragua, El Salvador, Haiti and Peru utilizing a sustainable economic model that is based on community defined needs and indigenous community building. The experience of Friends NE has resulted in effective efforts to reduce risk of Nicaragua and El Salvador lapsing or relapsing into conflict by strengthening local communities through housing, education/ literacy, health care, infrastructure(water) local leadership building and local entrepreneurship. These efforts are developed and sustained by nongovernmental organization and partnerships and have succeeded where governmental interventions have failed.

Parking is available in Lot D2.

 

November 5, 2013 Festival Ballroom 7:30 pm Stop Hunger Now

Tonight, 1 billion people will go to bed hungry. 200,000 of them are children. Please join us with RISE of Harrisonburg and the JMU Muslim Student Association to package 40,000 meals to go around the world.

October 24, 2013 7:00 pm Documentary "The Dream Is Now"

Come to ISAT 159 on October 24 to watch a 30-minute documentary about the Dream Act and discuss immigration reform.

Dream Is Now talk

October 21, 2013 7:00 pm Lecture "Women and Girls for Sale: An Examination of the Global Epidemic of Human Trafficking, 'Mail Order Brides', and Forced Marriage"

Join us in Memorial Hall Auditorium on Monday, October 21, to hear Layli Miller-Muro of Washington, D.C.'s Tahirih Justice Center.

Layli Miller-Muro talk

September 24, 2013 4:00 pm Discussion "When Borders Divide Us" Taylor Hall Room 405

Geopolitical borders frequently become the focal point of conflict and divisiveness, although they seem to be based on a commonality they become the center of attention of our differences. When a border is first created, there's this somewhat arbitrary line drawn in the sand. There is little consideration for the connections that preceded the delineation, family, ethnic groups, ecosystems and languages etc. are carved down the middle. Discussion topics will include current border conflicts, immigration issues in the United States, the border dispute between Palestine and Israel and how geopolitical boundaries separate people who have more in common than not.

September 18, 2013 7:00 pm Discussion: "Soul of a Citizen" Memorial Hall Auditorium

Paul Loeb is a truly inspirational speaker and author of the books, "Soul of a Citizen" and "The Impossible Will Take a Little While." He has studied what gets people—especially students—involved in working for change, and has written some life-changing works on those themes. Take advantage of his visit to the East Coast, and feel free to extend the invitation beyond JMU. Books will be for sale at a discounted rate.

September 16, 2013 7:00 pm Annual Dominion Lecture: "Debunking the Myth" HHS 2301

The Madison Caucus for Gender Equality is proud to present this year’s Dominion lecturer, Rev. Irene Monroe on Monday, September 16, 7:00 p.m. in the Health and Human Services Building (HHS), Room 2301, James Madison University.  Rev. Monroe is a religion columnist and motivational speaker. Her lecture titled “Debunking the Myth: The Hierarchy of Oppression” will explore how can we improve the gender climate at JMU.

August 12 - 16: Peace Camp!

This year, our Peace Camp's theme is "Planting Peace". Children ages 6-13 will be on JMU's campus from August 12 - 16 in Memorial Hall. Registration is open until August 1 and costs $50. 

February 7, 2013 6:30 p.m. Hungry Planet Photojournalistic Presentation

Please come to JMU's Festival Center Ballroom on Thursday, February 7 at 6:30 to see photos taken by Peter Menzel and Faith D'Aluisio. In their book, Hungry Planet - What the World Eats, Peter Menzel and Faith D'Aluisio traveled to 24 countries and detailed a family’s weekly food purchases and the total cost. Come and view the differences, and similarities, from country to country.

January 30, 2013 6:00 p.m. Child Slavery in Haiti Lecture by Jean-Robert Cadet

Please join Amnesty International and the Mahatma Gandhi Center for Global Nonviolence in welcoming Jean-Robert Cadet, author and former child slave from Haiti, to the JMU campus on Wednesday, January 30 at 6:00 p.m. in HHS 2301. Come hear his story and how child slavery is still prevalent and what is being done to help.

 

January 29 and 30, 2013 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. "Bully" Documentary Screening

This year, over 13 million American children will be bullied – at home, on the playground, online, on the bus, through their cell phones, and on the streets of their towns. Bullying is most common form of violence young people in this country experience. BULLY is the first documentary to show how we've all been affected by bullying.

Please join us on Tuesday, January 29 at 6:30 p.m. or Wednesday, January 30 at 6:30 p.m. in Memorial Hall Auditorium to watch this documentary. There will be a panel discussion following the film on Tuesday.

 

October 25, 2012 7:00-9:00 p.m. "Living in the Age of the Factory Farm" Lecture

Please join us on the JMU campus on Thursday, October 25, at 7:00 p.m. in Harrison 1261 for a lecture by Professor James K. Stanescu of Mercer University. His talk will examine violence and living in the age of factory farms.

 

October 23, 2012 7:30-9:30 p.m. Bosnia Documentary Film Premiere

Please join us on the JMU campus on Tuesday, October 23, at 7:30 p.m. in Harrison Hall 2105 for a discussion and two short films. "A Mother's Walk" follows Hatidza Mehmedovic, a Bosnian woman whose husand and two sons were killed in the Srebrenica genocide, as she and other "Mothers of Srebrenica" visit the sites where their loved ones were killed on the one day a year they are allowed to do so. "Future Tense" offers a multi-ethnic youth perspective on the deep divisions that persist in the aftermath of the Bosnian War and examines what can be done in order for the region to move forward. A Q&A will follow.

Bosnia Documentary Film Premiere

 

Join us August 13-17 from 9 am - 3 pm for Peace Camp in Memorial Hall!  Peace Camp is for children ages 6-13 to teach children the value of nonviolence through fun and interactive activities that get them thinking about the world around them.

Arun Gandhi visited JMU campus Thursday, April 19, 7:30 p.m. Wilson Hall

Arun Gandhi Poster

Thank you to everyone who came to the event!

 

Gandhi Center Discussion #4 - What Is Gandhi?

A Discussion with Dr. Bidyut Chakrabarty
April 17, 2012
7:00-9:00pm

This purpose of this discussion was to attempt to comprehend the evolution of a loyalist Gandhi to a rebel Gandhi in the course of his struggle against racism, colonialism and political dis-enfranchisement of those belonging to the British Empire. The goal is to understand and also explain the dilemma that Gandhi had while fighting for justice in South Africa and India. How did this dilemma emerge and play itself out in Gandhi's life and thought?

 

April 16th: Gasland, 7:00 p.m. HHS 1302

JMU Amnesty International, EARTH Club and the Gandhi Center presented Gasland, a film about hydrofracking and its deadly consequences throughout America.

 

April 11 - Give Us Names Documentary Screening, 8:00 p.m. Maury G2

Documentary about displacement in Colombia.

 

April 10 - Remembering Yeardley Love's Story, 6:30 p.m. ISAT 136

Remembering Yeardley Love's Story seeks to educate the JMU student population about the prevalence, severity and preventability of dating and intimate partner violence on college campuses. Speakers Candy Phillips and Melissa Waite share experiences working at First Step, Harrisonburg's battered women's shelter, and Dr. Jenelle Boo and Patricia Crocker will inform students about counseling services for survivors and victims.

 

Gandhi Center Discussion #3 - Religion and War

A Discussion About Religion and War and Their Interconnectedness and Contradiction
March 13, 2012
7:00-9:00pm

For many we would assume that religion and war would be an oxymoron, and yet throughout history they are intimate partners sharing the same mask of death and destruction. What is their fellowship about? Why is it that religion is the basis of so much conflict across the planet? Are we confused, or has our faith been perverted?

Drawing Peace Contest

Drawing Peace is a drawing and painting contest for children 5-11 years of age. The objective of Drawing Peace is to foster an awareness of justice, nonviolence and peace through visual art. It is our hope that the contest will encourage the discussion and exploration of the concepts of nonviolence, justice and peace in elementary school age children. 

 

Gandhi Center Discussion Series #2 - The Many Faces of Violence

A Discussion About Violence in Our Lives, Our Culture and Our World
February 16, 2012
7:00-9:00pm

There are many different forms of violence: emotional, harassment, isolation/deprivation, verbal, and intimidation, physical, sexual, and economic, structural which can be collective or individualized. There is solid evidence that there is a strong correlation between social inequity and all forms of violence.


2011 EVENTS


Clothes for Care

Please come to the CCM (Catholic Campus Ministry) House located at 1052 S. Main Street on December 3 between 10:00 am and 6:00 pm to donate gently used clothing to the less fortunate!  Clothing will be going overseas to Uganda and Nicaragua.  Infant and children's clothing accepted as well! 

Global Camp

Our fourth annual Global Nonviolence Summer Camp was a huge success! With 37 campers and 23 volunteers, we had a blast learning about leaders who have build peace around the world.

For news articles on the Camp, read on:

Video and text story from WHSV

Story in the Daily News-Record (written by Emily Sharrer, photo by Michael Reilly)

Stay tuned to our website for information on next year's Global Camp!


Drawing Peace - Previous Contest Winners

 

First Place:  

Stephanie Yip’s class, “Revolution of the World” series, School of Creativity, Hong Kong

Stephanie Yip’s class, “The Peaceful Ethnicity” series, School of Creativity, Hong Kong

Mike Chan’s class, “Visit to a Mysterious Land” series, Chong Hok Tong Education Center, Hong Kong

Mike Chan’s class, “Love Around the World” series, Chong Hok Tong Education Center, Hong Kong

Elizabeth Healy, Keister Elementary School, Harrisonburg, VA

 

Second Place:

Alison Sokoloff, Keister Elementary School, Harrisonburg, VA

Julia White, Keister Elementary School, Harrisonburg, VA

 

Third Place:

Dora Yates, Keister Elementary School, Harrisonburg, VA

 

Honorable Mentions:

Justin Breeden-Quintas, Keister Elementary School, Harrisonburg, VA

Ian Mburu Njuguna, Keister Elementary School, Harrisonburg, VA

Jordyn Michelle McHone, Keister Elementary School, Harrisonburg, VA

 


Roanoke Valley Horse Rescue: A Day of Service

The Mahatma Gandhi Center for Global Nonviolence is proud to present a Day of Service at the Roanoke Valley Horse Rescue. The RVHR works hard to prevent equine abuse, take care of horses, and provide much-needed shelter. We will be assisting their efforts. The cost to volunteer is only $10! We will meet at the Gandhi Center at 7am on April 9th and be back by 8pm. If you're interested email Diana Gates, Alternative Break point-person, at gatesdb@dukes.jmu.edu or visit the Center located at 500 Cardinal Drive.