February 8, 2019
The YMCA of the University of Illinois is pleased to announce the Spring 2019 Friday Forum Lecture Series theme,“RESIST: Building a Culture of Nonviolence”. Lectures will feature individuals who will address topics ranging from foreign policy issues to immigration concerns to care for the environment. Speaker highlights include Father John Dear, an activist and prolific author, discussing his recently published book, “They Will Inherit the Earth: Peace & Nonviolence in a Time of Climate Change”, Kryss Chupp of Christian Peacemaker Teams, anti-war activist Kathy Kelly, and Jennie Belle, Church World Service, speaking on the current Sanctuary Movement in collaboration with a community-wide symposium on immigration.
Friday Forum will begin on February 15 at 12 Noon at the University YMCA with Tracy Parsons from the City of Champaign, discussing the state of community violence locally and what Champaign is doing to address community safety. Additional speakers will address issues of social movements designed to reduce gun violence, conflict resolution and the history of student protest movements. The schedule for the Friday Forum is:
February 15 – Tracy Parsons, City of Champaign, on state of community violence
February 22 – Tamar Manasseh, Mothers Against Senseless Killings
March 1 – Jennie Belle, Church World Service, on sanctuary movement
March 8 – Elaine Shpungin, Conflict 180, on restorative practice/justice
March 15 – Kryss Chupp, Christian Peacemaker Teams
March 29 – Michael Metz, author, “Radicals in the Heartland” on campus student activism
April 5 – Kathy Kelly, Voices for Creative Nonviolence
April 12 – Father John Dear, activist and author, “They Will Inherit the Earth: Peace & Nonviolence in a Time of Climate Change”
For more information about the Spring 2019 series schedule, please visit: https://universityymca.org/friday-forum/.
Background: With the spate of community and global violence and the debates on immigration and climate change, ordinary people are resisting the new normal and finding ways to connect with others who are fed up with the lack of attention to these issues from our political leaders. The Friday Forum committee of the University YMCA dedicated the Spring 2019 Friday Forum lecture series to unpack the ways citizens and organizations are engaging with others to find nonviolent solutions. All are invited to attend this free and public lecture series.
Our generous sponsors of the Spring 2019 Friday Forum Lecture Series are:
Center for Global Studies, Channing-Murray Foundation, UIUC School of Social Work, First Mennonite Church of Urbana-Champaign, Wesley United Methodist Church and Foundation, Department of Gender and Women’s Studies, the Social Action Committee of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Urbana Champaign, the Chapel of St. John the Divine, and Urbana Champaign Friends Meeting
About Friday Forum: This year the University YMCA is celebrating 92 years of continuously running the Friday Forum Lecture Series Program, adapting to the times while remaining committed to providing talks that address topics of relevance and urgency. Friday Forum is a weekly lecture series held during the fall and spring semesters that strives to raise awareness about local, regional, national and international trends and events. All Friday Forums are free and open to the public.
Additional Information: The views expressed by the speakers do not necessarily reflect the views of the University YMCA, co-sponsors, or the Friday Forum committee. A sign language interpreter is available with a 72 hours notice (contact Carol Nunn at 217-337-1500). All forums are radio broadcast at 6:00 p.m. on WEFT 90.1 the Monday following the lecture. You may also find archived Friday Forum lectures on the Y’s YouTube channel.
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