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Barbara and Earle Reynolds on their peace voyage with the Phoenix.

Barbara and Earle Reynolds on their peace voyage with the Phoenix.

A war inspires lasting peace activity

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Barbara Reynolds, photo courtesy of Antiochiana

Barbara Reynolds, photo courtesy of Antiochiana

On the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Japan, the 50th anniversary of the founding of the World Friendship Center in Hiroshima and the 40th anniversary of the founding of the Wilmington College Peace Resource Center, the PRC will hold an anniversary peace conference next week. The event, “Justice and Peace: a Call to Local and Global Communities,” takes place Thursday and Friday, Sept. 10 and 11, at the Peace Resource Center, directed by Yellow Springs resident Tanya Maus.

Both the Friendship Center and the PRC were founded by Barbara Reynolds, a former Yellow Springs resident. Barbara went to Japan in 1951 with her children and husband, Earle, who as an anthropologist was sent to study the effects of radiation on the bombing victims. They stayed three years before Earle built a boat, the Phoenix, which the family sailed to protest nuclear testing throughout the south Pacific and later to Vietnam in the 1960s.   h.

The PRC conference keynote speaker is Norma Field, the Robert S. Ingersoll Distinguished Service Professor of Japanese Studies Emerita at the University of Chicago, who will give the talk, “How Can We Say and Mean Peace Today?” at 6 p.m. at the Boyd Cultural Arts Center. The conference will also include plenary speakers and workshops on peace strategies and Kingian nonviolence, as well as a panel discussion on peace initiatives in local communities. For the schedule of events go to and search “PRC 40th.”

See the full story in this week’s News.

Conference Schedule

Thursday, September 10

9:30 a.m.
Quiet Reflection
Dan Kasztelan, Pastor, Wilmington College
Jessica (Reynolds) Renshaw, “Birdsong Meditation”
World Friendship Center Choir: “Life of World, Spirit of Hiroshima”

10:15 a.m.  Opening Ceremony and Memory Sharing
• Remarks, Peace Resource Center Director, Tanya Maus
• Remarks, Peter van den Dungen, Professor Emeritus, Bradford
• Remarks, Michiko Yamane, Chair, World Friendship Center,
Hiroshima, Japan
• Memory sharing led by Terry Miller, Professor Emeritus,
Wilmington College and organizer for the 1975 conference.

1:00 Plenary Talk 1: Barbara Reynolds, Hiroshima,
and the Origins of a Transnational Anti-nuclear Movement
Elyssa Faison, Professor, University of Oklahoma

2:30 p.m. Plenary Talk 2: Dr. King and the Philosophy of Kingian Nonviolence
Kazu Haga, Director, East Point Peace Academy

6–7 p.m. Keynote Address: How Can We Say and Mean Peace Today?
Norma Field, Professor Emerita, University of Chicago

Workshop 1: “Hands-On Peace”: Kingian Nonviolence
with Kazu Haga, East Point Peace Academy
Kazu Haga, Director, East Point Peace Academy

Friday, September 11

9:10 a.m. Panel 1: Global Peace Initiatives in our Local Community
Chuck Watts, Wilmington AM Rotary, Empathy Surplus Project
Nicole Friend, Arcadia Learning Commons
Michael Kalter, RPCV, Southwest Ohio Peace Corps

10:40 a.m. Tour of the Peace Resource Center
Tanya Maus, Director, Peace Resource Center, Wilmington College

11:30 a.m. Panel 2: Peace Pilgrimages and Awakenings as Alternatives to Violence
Roy Tamashiro, Professor of Multidisciplinary Studies, Webster University
Kazu Haga, Coordinator, East Point Peace Academy
Stephen Potthoff, Associate Professor of Religion and
Philosophy, Wilmington College

11:30 a.m. Panel 3: Museums as Peacemakers: Harmonizing Institutional and Community Visions of Peace
Kazuyo Yamane, Vice Director, Kyoto Museum for World Peace at
Ritsumeikan University
Ruth Brindle, Director, Quaker Heritage Center
Jerry Leggett, Director, Dayton International Peace Museum

1:50 p.m. Workshop 2: Defining Justice and Peace on our Campus
Marcus Benson, Greek Life, Iota Phi Theta Fraternity
Riley Foley, Quaker Leaders, Gay Straight Student Alliance
Carly Pritchard, Active Minds, Faith in Action
Ja’Cole Tabor, Black Student Initiative
Montana McFarland, Delta Tau Alpha

1:50 Workshop 3: Defining Justice and Peace in our Local Community
Julie Brassel, Director, Alternatives to Violence Center
Mark Rembert, Director, Wilmington Chamber of Commerce
Dean Feldmyer, Pastor, The Wilmington United Methodist Church

3:20 p.m. Tour of the Quaker Heritage Center
Ruth Brindle, Director, Quaker Heritage Center

4 p.m. Workshop 4: Defining Justice and Peace for a Global Community
Michael Snarr, Professor, Wilmington College
Norma Field, Professor Emerita, University of Chicago
Joyce Apsel, Professor, New York University
Peter van den Dungen, Professor Emeritus, Bradford University

5:20 Closing Ceremony

For questions or further information, please contact the Peace Resource Center

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