John Dear visits the Center for Nonviolence and Peace Studies
Peace and Nonviolence Activist and 2008 Nobel Peace Prize Nominee, John Dear, S. J., visits URI as Keynote Speaker for Annual MLK Week Celebration. Father Dear delivered a lecture on the topic of
“Dr. King and Creative Nonviolence – the Only Hope for the World”
Members of the URI Student Nonviolence Involvement Committee along with Center nonviolence trainers join Father John Dear, following his MLK Week lecture
Father John Dear, S.J.
MLK Week Guest Speaker
7:30pm Lecture | February 9, 2011
Chafee Building 271, the Barry Marks Auditorium
John Dear Brief Biography
Nobel Peace Prize Nominee, John Dear, SJ, has been arrested more than 75 times. He has spent more than a year of his life in jail. He has been mocked by armed U.S. soldiers standing outside the doors to his New Mexico parish. All this because he so fervently believes in peace.
Dear’s unflappable persistence in speaking and acting on behalf of peace stems from his life-changing decision in college to leave behind his frat-boy, party-all-night lifestyle and instead become a faithful follower of nonviolence. In turn, that decision has, over many years, led him to live out the Beatitudes, “Blessed are the Peacemakers” in every dimension of his life. Dear’s incredible story will touch anyone who believes in the power of peace.
John Dear Links & Information
Interdisciplinary Minor in Nonviolence and Peace Studies
Students at URI may declare a Minor in Nonviolence and Peace Studies by filling out the one-page Declaration of Minor form. This form is available from your academic Dean’s office.