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Bethel College Peace Lecture Series scheduled to begin

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NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Kay Pranis, a trainer and consultant on restorative philosophy and peacemaking practices, will present "Building Justice on a Foundation of Democracy, Caring and Mutual Responsibility," the first program in the 31st annual Bethel College Peace Lecture Series. The presentation is scheduled for 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 14 in Krehbiel Auditorium, Fine Arts Center at Bethel College, North Newton. Admission is free and open to the public. Pranis has conducted trainings on the use of peacemaking circles in schools, universities, social services, the workplace, juvenile residential facilities, prisons, neighborhoods and families. She works with groups and adapts the circle process to fit the needs of each setting. Her forthcoming book on peacemaking circles was co-authored with Barry Stuart and Mark Wedge.

From 1994 to 2003, Pranis served the Minnesota Department of Corrections as a restorative justice planner. She provided education about restorative justice for the criminal justice system, other agencies and the general public and worked with leaders to develop responses that strengthen community and promote healing.

Pranis has served as a consultant, curriculum writer and trainer for the National Institute of Corrections, the National Institute of Justice and the Balanced and Restorative Justice Project of the Office for Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. She serves on various boards, has written numerous articles, and presented papers and workshops on restorative justice and on peacemaking circles.

This lecture is made possible in part by the J. Winfield Fretz lecture fund and the Peace with Justice Task Force, Kansas West Conference of the United Methodist Church.

For information on additional events in this year’s Peace Lecture series, contact Gary Flory or Jean Isaac at the Kansas Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution at Bethel College, (316) 284-5217.

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