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The Peace and International Issues Committee (PIIC) seeks to inform people about, and involve them in, issues related to local and international concerns. Every March we present a lecture/luncheon
series on Tuesdays.

MARCH 2015

"Confronting the Realities of Segregation"

  • Segregation and its Unique Hold on this Northern City: Eric Von, former voice of black talk radio in Milwaukee, and web publisher/editor of Brain Brawn & Body; Barbara Miner, former editor of Rethinking Schools; and Patricia McManus, President/CEO of the Black Health Coalition of Wisconsin
  • Struggle for Justice in the Jim Crow North: Jeanne Theoharis, Distinguished Professor at Brooklyn College of CUNY, and author of many books including The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks
  • Sister: An African American Life in Search of Justice: Jody LePage, co-author with Sylvia Bell White about the shooting of her brother, Daniel, by Milwaukee Police
  • Economics, Education, Housing: Prof. Michael Bonds, Chair of Milwaukee School Board and immediate past chair of Dept. of Educational Policy and Community Studies at UWM; James Hall, Jr., civil rights attorney and former president of the NAACP of Milwaukee; and Conor Williams, Economic Policy Analyst for Pathways to Ending Poverty Project at Community Advocates Public Policy Institute and secretary of Milwaukee Transitional Jobs Collaborative
  • Crossing the Bridge of Racial Healing: Venice Williams, Executive Director of Alice's Garden, ELCA, Director of Body and Soul Healing Arts Center
  • Crude Comes to Wisconsin: Margaret Swedish, director of Spirituality and Ecological Hope, author - Living Beyond the End of the World: A Spirituality of Hope

MARCH 2014

"Wisconsin: Issues That Matter
Justice, Equity, Democracy"

  • The Corporate Takeover of Wisconsin State Government: Rebecca Kemble, staff writer for The Progressive, founding member of Wisconsin Citizens Media Cooperative
  • Crude Comes to Wisconsin: Margaret Swedish, director of Spirituality and Ecological Hope, author - Living Beyond the End of the World: A Spirituality of Hope
  • The Midwest Mining Rush and Conflicts over Tribal Sovereignty: the Mole Lake and Bad River Ojibwe of Lake Superior: Al Gedicks, Professor Emeritus of Environmental Sociology at University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse
  • Protecting Voting Rights in 2014: Karyn Rotker, Senior Staff Attorney for the ACLU of Wisconsin, heading its Poverty, Race & Civil Liberties Project


"Why We Fear the Other: Theological Reflections on Racism, Immigration, and the Roots of Prejudice

  • Voices of the Community: Dr. Hardeep Ahuja, Azmi Alaeddin, James Causey, and Nancy Flores
  • Interfaith Just Peace: Rev. Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite, Professor of Theology and former president, Chicago Theological Seminary
  • Why Don't I Recognize My True Self?: Tonen O'Connor, Soto Zen Buddhist priest, Milwaukee Zen Center
  • An Instrument of Your Peace? How Religion Both Makes and Unmakes Racial Prejudice and Fear: Rev. Bryan N. Massingale, Professor of Theology, Marquette University.

MARCH 2012

"Standing Up for Democracy: from the Middle East to the Capitol Rotunda."

  • The Complexities of Promoting Democracy Around the World: Rob Ricigliano, Director of the Institute of World Affairs at UW-Milwaukee
  • The Resurgence of Democracy - in Wisconsin and Throughout the World: Ruth Conniff, Political Editor of The Progressive magazine
  • Saving Democracy: Getting Our Wisconsin Back: Mike McCabe, Executive Director of Wisconsin Democracy Campaign, a non-partisan watchdog group
  • Responding to Democracy’s Challenges: Spirituality, Hope and Action for People of Faith: Rev. Linda Lee, United Methodist Bishop of the Wisconsin.

MARCH 2011

"Threats to Peace: Who Will Control What We Need for Life?"

  • Who Will Control What We Need For Life: An Overview: Margaret Swedish, Center for New Creation, author - "Living Beyond the End of the World: A Spirituality of Hope"
  • Good to Eat and Good to Think: Aligning Food Choices with Spirit and Sustainability: Jack Kloppenburg, PHD, UW Environmental and Community Sociology
  • Energy Crunch Time; What Is It, and How to Respond to It Ethically: Tom Brandstetter, a founding member of Transition Milwaukee
  • Threatening the Human Right to Water: Laurel Phoenix, PHD, UW-Green Bay, Assoc. Prof. Public and Environmental Affairs Dept., Chair of the Geography Department
  • Faithful Response for our Time: Robert Pavlik, MU Institute for the Transformation of Learning; Gigi Pomerantz,Youthaiti; Gretchen Mead, Victory Garden Initiative; and Rev. Jamie Washam, pastor, Underwood Memorial Baptist Church.

MARCH 2010

"The Times, They Are a’Changing: Looking Beyond the Headlines."

  • Challenges of the Times: Panel consisting of Claire Anderson, Pastoral Associate at St. Robert’s, Shorewood; Rev. Amy R. Becker, Associate Pastor at Church of the Resurrection, Pewaukee; Bushra Zaibak, Author and Activist; Rev. Dr. Bobbie Groth, Unitarian Universalist Community Minister, SE Wisconsin, Moderator;
  • Beyond the Greed Economy: Matt Rothschild, Editor of The Progressive
  • Enough to Go Around: Searching for Hope:, Chip Duncan, author and award-winning film maker
  • Transitioning War Zone Skills to Home: Understanding Readjustment: Catherine Coppolillo, PhD, Psychologist; Andrew Hendrickson, RN, Coordinator, OEF/OIF Connection Team, Zablocki V. A.
  • Entering Sacred Digital Space: Richard Thieme, futurist and ethicist.

MARCH 2009

"The March 2009 series was entitled "Sustaining the World, Sustaining Our Souls."

  • Living Beyond the End of the World: with Margaret Swedish, Director, Center for New Creation and author
  • Global Warming in the Driver’s Seat: George Stone, Ph. D., Dept of Physical Science, MATC
  • Great Lakes Water Woes: The Waukesha Conundrum: John Krezowski, Ph.D., Director, University Safety and Assurances, UW-Milwaukee
  • Global Economy: Mary Botari, Director of Global Trade Watch's Harmonization Project
  • One Chicken, Two People, Three Meals – An exploration of our food system, how we lost our way, and how we can get back on track: Young Kim, Executive Director of the Fondy Food Center.

MARCH 2008

"Moving Toward a Just and Peaceful World"

  • Resisting Empire: G. Simon Harak, SJ, director of Marquette University’s Center for Peacemaking
  • Security, Morality and Realism: The Government’s Response to 9/11: Athan Theoharis, Professor Emeritus of History, Marquette University
  • From Soldier to Healer: Transforming the Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Dragon from Death to Life: John Zemler, Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Theology, Marquette University and Life Member of the Disabled American Veterans.

MARCH 2007

“Violence: Faith Perspectives.”

  • Isa Sadlon, Executive Director of the Islamic Society of Milwaukee
  • Bishop Paul Stumme-Diers of the Greater Milwaukee Synod, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
  • Rabbi Ronald Shapiro, Congregation Shalom
  • Rev. Tonen O'Connor, resident priest of the Milwaukee Zen Center

MARCH 2006

“United Nations Millennium Goals.”

  • Microcredit and the Millennium Development Goals
  • Reducing Child Mortality, Maternal and Child Health in Africa and Haiti
  • Why Investing in Africa's Health is Critical for Achieving Economic Development

MARCH 2005

“United Nations Millennium Goals”

  • Environmental Sustainability, Women & Education: Why Women’s Education is Key
  • Poverty’s Long Reach
  • Africa’s AIDS Pandemic: A Doctor Reports on His Medical Mission to Kenya
  • Jubilee 2000 in 2005 – An Update: In 2000 all the countries of the UN signed the Millennium Development Goals that by 2015 progress would be made to: “Eradicate Extreme Poverty and Hunger; Achieve Universal Primary Education; Promote Gender Equality and Empower Women; Reduce Child Mortality; Improve Maternal Health; Combat HIV/AIDS, Malaria and other diseases; Ensure Environmental Sustainability; and Develop a Global Partnership for Development.”

MARCH 2004

"Elections, Globalization and the Faith Community"

  • Peace Building and Globalization, Food, Agriculture and Globalization
  • Globalization: What is Just?
  • Budget Priorities and Globalization
  • Widening the Circle:" A panel discussion on ways to engage your faith groups

.MARCH 2003

"Global Leadership: The Many Roles of the United Nations"

  • Why the UN Matters in the 21st Century
  • UNICEF: Helping Children Survive and Thrive
  • The International Criminal Court: New Era for Justice?
  • Ending Hunger in Our Time

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