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Students compete in annual Bethel peace speech contest

Submitted by mzuercher on Fri, 06/03/2022 - 15:02
Josue Coy Dick

Three Bethel students, covering a variety of topics, presented their speeches in the C. Henry Smith Peace Oration contest April 18, with Josué Coy Dick finishing first.

Coy Dick, first-year student from North Newton, presented “Moses the Two-World Peacebuilder.”

Coy Dick’s speech will now be entered along with the first-place speeches from other Anabaptist-affiliated colleges and universities in the United States and Canada, with an overall winner chosen later this summer.

Nebraska opens doors and hearts to refugees in next KIPCOR film

Submitted by mzuercher on Wed, 11/03/2021 - 11:29
Film poster, A Home Called Nebraska

The KIPCOR Film Series second offering of the school year will screen Sunday, Nov. 14, at 2 p.m. in Krehbiel Auditorium, with a Wichita immigration lawyer as the after-film discussion leader.

A Home Called Nebraska takes a look at issues of immigration from the point of view of some neighbors just to the north.

KIPCOR, the Kansas Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution at Bethel College, sponsors the film series at Bethel each school year.

Emily Haverkamp, an immigration and asylum attorney in Wichita, will lead the post-film discussion

Peace speech winner looks at how to end the ‘environmental war’

Submitted by mzuercher on Thu, 07/08/2021 - 15:06
Allison Weaver with her first-prize check for the C. Henry Smith Peace Oration Contest

Juniors Allison Weaver and Linda Moyo, both from Hesston, were the first- and second-place winners, respectively, in Bethel's 2021 C. Henry Smith Peace Oration Contest.

Weaver's speech was titled “Our Opponents Can’t Fight Back: Ending the Environmental War,” and Moyo's was “There is Peace in the Midst of Chaos.”

There is a global war in progress, Weaver said, waged by every citizen, “from the tiniest baby to the most powerful politician, [who] are doing [their] best to kill the Earth, and … winning.”

Popular speaker and columnist to make return Peace Lecture appearance

Submitted by mzuercher on Mon, 04/19/2021 - 16:30
Leonard Pitts Jr. speaking in Memorial Hall

Leonard Pitts Jr., who spoke to a packed Memorial Hall on Sept. 12, 2017, comes back to Bethel virtually on April 25.

That evening, Mem Hall was more full than it had been in over half a century, when Martin Luther King Jr. spoke on the same stage.

Pitts’ lecture, titled “America in the Age of Trump,” was sponsored by the Kansas Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution (KIPCOR), as part of its Peace Lecture series.

Now KIPCOR is bringing Pitts for a return engagement, albeit under pandemic circumstances.

KIPCOR serves up second helping of "Cooked"

Submitted by mzuercher on Thu, 01/28/2021 - 18:06
"Cooked" poster

For the third date in its annual film series, KIPCOR is offering a second chance for those who missed the November film and discussion.

KIPCOR, the Kansas Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution at Bethel College, is holding its film series virtually this school year.

Cooked: Survival by Zip Code is a multiple-award-winning documentary that focuses on the deadly 1995 Chicago heat wave to illustrate how people of color and low-income citizens suffer the most negative impact from natural disasters.

Best-selling author to give Peace Lecture on culture and class in America

Submitted by mzuercher on Mon, 10/26/2020 - 15:04
Sarah Smarsh

COVID put a stop to Sarah Smarsh delivering the KIPCOR Peace Lecture in person – but has opened it up, literally, to the world.

KIPCOR is the Kansas Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution at Bethel College. The endowed Peace Lecture series was to have featured Kansas-based writer Smarsh last May, postponed until September and finally moved to virtual.

Film series to open virtually, look at voting struggle

Submitted by mzuercher on Tue, 09/08/2020 - 15:16
Selma film poster

KIPCOR will launch its 2020-21 film series online Sunday, Sept. 13, at 2 p.m., with a film documenting Black Americans' fight for voting rights.

Taking a page from the playbook of many organizations, KIPCOR (the Kansas Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution at Bethel College) will screen the film via Zoom.

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