PEACE & INTERNATIONAL ISSUES COMMITTEE
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.
"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.
"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.
"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.
"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.
"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.
"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.
“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
“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
“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.”
"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
"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