NIC hosts events in honor of nonviolence


North Idaho College will host a series of speakers and films during spring semester promoting nonviolent activism.
 
All events for the “2006 Gandhi and King: A Season for Nonviolence” series will be held in Molstead Library’s Todd Hall on NIC’s main campus.
 
The series will kick off with a biographical film presentation on “Mahatma Gandhi: Pilgrim of Peace” at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 30. The film will be followed by a group discussion and the creation of individual plans of action focused on Martin Luther King, Jr. and Gandhi’s principles of nonviolence.
 
Nicholas Gier, recently retired professor of philosophy and coordinator of religious studies at the University of Idaho, will present on “The Virtue of Nonviolence” at 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 3. Gier will discuss the saints of nonviolence including Buddha, Christ, King and Gandhi and will share his study in comparative virtue ethics from his book, The Virtue of Nonviolence: From Gautama to Gandhi.
 
The 1982 Academy Award-winning Richard Attenborough film “Gandhi” will be shown at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 13. The film, starring Ben Kingsley, is about a simple lawyer who became the famed leader of the Indian revolts against the British through his philosophy of nonviolent protest.
 
Participants will gather for “Global Day of Prayers for Peace,” a multicultural sharing of prayers and music reflecting on world peace, at 3 p.m. Monday, March 13.
 
The film “Peace One Day” will be shown at 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 5. The film project by British director Jeremy Gilley was launched in 1999 as a way of documenting and supporting the establishment of the United Nations International Day of Peace, which entails a global ceasefire and nonviolent events each year on Sept. 21. Attendees at the film can elect to make signs and participate in a peace march following the film.
 
All events are free and open to the public.
 
The event is sponsored by NIC’s Diversity Events Committee, Diakonia, Peace Coeur d’Alene and the NIC Students for Progressive Change.
 
Information: (208) 769-3397.


For More Information
NIC Diversity Events Chair Sharla Chittick, (208) 769-3397

Posted: Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2006

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