DUBUQUE, Iowa – Loras College will host a series of free events Sept. 20-27 during Peace and Justice Week. The week will see multiple events tied to photographer John Noltner’s “A Peace of My Mind” project, including a presentation by Noltner on Thursday, Sept. 26 in the Alumni Campus Center (ACC) room 435.
“In a time of great divisions across our country and beyond, this week highlights the importance of dialogue and learning other people’s stories, leading to greater compassion and understanding,” said Anastacia McDermott, director of spiritual life and peace and justice and a graduate of Loras.
Noltner founded “A Peace of My Mind,” a multimedia arts project built around the simple question, “What does peace mean to you?” The project began as his effort to rediscover humanity in an increasingly polarized world. With portraits and personal stories, ordinary people reveal extraordinary insights into how we can work toward common good and create a world that is more just for all.
Throughout the week, Loras will display an “A Peace of My Mind” exhibit in the ACC Concourse and the Miller Academic Resource Center. The exhibit features individuals from the “A Peace of My Mind” program.
Magalena Gómez, an award-winning author, performance poet and arts activist, will present “The Art of Everyday Living as Resistance: Finding Art in Times of Horror” at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 22 in the ACC Ballrooms. Gómez will draw on her own life and work to explore violence and ways to interrupt and resist it. She is the co-founder and artistic director of Teatro V!da, the first Latin@ theater in Springfield, Mass., and founder of the Ferocious Women’s Group bringing to public view voices of women and girls through writing and performance.
Other scheduled events include:
• Hike to Help Refugees: Noon to 2 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 21. Hikers should meet at the Peace Pole outside Christ the King Chapel. Suggested $10 donation for students, $20 for adults.
• Concert Against Nonviolence & Sidewalk Chalk Contest: 5 p.m., Monday, September 23.
• Peace & Justice House Social: 7 p.m., Monday, September 23, 1395 Belmont St.
• Climate March & Rally in Washington Park: 11:30 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 28. Meet at the corner of Alta Vista St. and Loras Blvd.
About Loras College
Founded in 1839, Loras College leverages its historic roots as Iowa’s first college, the second oldest Catholic college west of the Mississippi River and one of the nation’s 10 diocesan colleges to deliver challenging, life-changing experiences as part of its residential, Catholic setting. In 2019, Loras was the second-highest ranked Catholic college in the state of Iowa according to College Consensus, the 16th Best Regional College in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report and one of America’s Top 200 Most Loved Colleges/Universities by Forbes Magazine for the third consecutive year. Loras students ranked No. 2 in the world as part of the global Peeptrade Investment Challenge while a second group ranked No. 4. For the 10th consecutive year, Loras Media Studies student-led television station (LCTV) was named the TV Station of the Year by the Iowa College Media Association (ICMA).
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