Anderson University will welcome renown peacemaker Colman McCarthy on Thursday, April 12, at 10 a.m. during chapel/convocation in Reardon Auditorium. Colman McCarthy is teacher and a journalist who has written for The Washington Post. He is also the founder and director of the Center for Teaching Peace, a nonprofit group that helps schools begin or broaden peace studies programs. The center also conducts workshops and seminars on conflict resolution and mediation.
In addition to the chapel presentation, McCarthy will be available for questions and answers and further discussion at an open, brown-bag, "talk-back" session in the Olt Student Center, Kane dining room, from 12 noon to 1 p.m.
Colman McCarthy is a speaker whose fresh ideas, sense of social justice and sparkling wit have been stirring audiences for the past 25 years. He lectures at more than 20 colleges and universities a year, as well as at conferences for groups ranging from educators and social workers to policy centers and corporations.
Those who follow the writing of Colman McCarthy cherish him for the passion of his convictions and the idealism of his beliefs. He is a sought-after speaker on U.S. campuses and calls on students to defy the conventional by becoming citizens who are other-centered, not self-centered. He argues that each of us is called on to be a peacemaker in our personal and political lives.
Colman McCarthy’s lecture, How To Be An Effective Peacemaker, is a presentation of ideas ranging from the basics of nonviolent conflict resolution to the theories of Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Jr. and Thomas Merton. In addition to a Q&A period, the lecture also includes a 24-minute film, New Shoots for Peace, a story of peaceful conflict resolution.
Anderson University is a private Christian university of 2,700 undergraduate and graduate students in central Indiana. Anderson continues to be recognized as a top Christian college: in 2008, U.S. News and World Report ranked Anderson University among the best colleges and universities in the Midwest for the fourth consecutive year. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, Anderson University offers more than 60 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, education, music, nursing and theology.