Speaker Challenges Ohioans to Act Out Their Values

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Candle Light Vigil: Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Remembering Sandy Hook School

A candlelight vigil against violence honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and remembering those who were lost in the Sandy Hook School, Newtown, Connecticut tragedy will be held in the upper level of the Jack and Deb Miller Chapel on the Ashland University campus Monday, January 21, at 7 p.m. The campus and the community are encouraged to attend. The event is free and open to the public.
During the vigil the names of those lost at Sandy Hook will be read aloud with each name followed by silence to express solidarity with those directly affected by this tragedy.
The vigil has been initiated and organized by the Ashland Center for Nonviolence, which has an organizational vision of “seek[ing] a world in which human conflict at all levels can be resolved without resorting to violence and in which social justice can be realized.”
“it seems fitting to honor the memory of King’s work by remembering some of the people whose lives have been lost to violence,” said John Stratton, Executive Director of the Ashland Center for Nonviolence. “This is a not a political statement,” he noted, “but a time to reflect on what is lost to the community, when lives are taken senselessly.”

Code RED: The Cost of Fear

John Mueller holds the Woody Hayes Chair of National Security Studies, Mershon Center, and is professor of Political Science at Ohio State University where he teaches courses in international relations. He is currently working on terrorism and particularly on the reactions (or over-reactions) it often inspires. His recent book, Atomic Obsession: Nuclear Alarmism from Hiroshima to Al Qaeda (Oxford University Press, 2010), suggests that atomic terrorism is highly unlikely and that efforts to prevent nuclear proliferation frequently have damaging results. He has also written Overblown: How Politicians and the Terrorism Industry Inflate National Security Threats, and Why We Believe Them (Free Press, 2006). The New York Times called the book "important" and "accurate, timely and necessary." His book, Terrorism, Security, and Money: Balancing the Risks, Benefits, and Costs of Homeland Security, written in collaboration with engineer and risk analyst Mark Stewart, applies cost-benefit analysis to issues of homeland security and was published in early September 2011 by Oxford University Press.
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War is NOT Inevitable

Paul K. Chappell graduated from West Point in 2002. He served in the army for seven years, was deployed to Baghdad in 2006, and left active duty in November 2009 as a Captain. He is the author of Will War Ever End?: A Soldier’s Vision of Peace for the 21st Century;The End of War: How Waging Peace Can Save Humanity, Our Planet, and Our Future; and Peaceful Revolution: How We Can Create the Future Needed for Humanity’s Survival (publication date: Feb 2012). He lives in Santa Barbara, California, where he is serving as the Peace Leadership Director for the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation. He is working on his fourth book, The Art of Waging Peace: A Strategic Approach to Improving Our Lives and the World.
“Captain Paul K. Chappell has given us a crucial look at war and peace from the unique perspective of a soldier, and his new ideas show us why world peace is both necessary and possible in the 21st century." -Archbishop Desmond Tutu
Paul will also be doing presentations in Columbus, Wooster, Cleveland and Mansfield on September 7, 8 and 9. Please contact ACN for details – acn@ashland.edu
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Peace is Possible: Shifting from War Making to War Prevention

Moix discussed the process of implementing peace on a global level. She believes it is possible for peace to be the first option in a conflict situation, rather than having nations immediately default to a state of conflict. Peace becomes a viable option when it is encouraged through specific peaceful tactics. Strategies for facilitating peace include working to combat poverty, placing an emphasis on human rights and safety and allocating resources fairly.Strategies to uphold peace over conflict will lead to a more secure global environment that reinforces human rights and offers security to all persons. Peaceful prevention is a fairly recent movement, but one that will be essential as the global climate continues to change and global resources become more limited. Moix encouraged attendees to take action! Moix leads the Peaceful Prevention of Deadly Conflict program and has worked for over twelve years on peace and conflict issues within the U.S. and international policy arenas. She began her career with FCNL as an intern in 1996 and worked as a Legislative Secretary from 2002-2006. She returned to FCNL in September 2008. Previously she worked with Oxfam America as a policy adviser on Sudan (2005), the Quaker United Nations Office in New York under a New Voices fellowship (2000-2002), the World Policy Institute’s Arms Trade Resource Center (1998-2000), the Quaker Peace Center in Cape Town, South Africa (1999) and as an intern with the American Friends Service Committee during college. She returned to Washington, DC after spending over two years in Mexico City where she directed the Casa de los Amigos, a small Quaker peace and hospitality center. Moix holds a master's of International Affairs from Columbia University, where she focused her studies on human security and international conflict resolution. She received her undergraduate degree in Sociology and Nonfiction Writing from Ohio Wesleyan in 1996. If you have any questions about this presentation or how you can become involved in lobbying for a cause, please visit the Ashland Center for Nonviolence in Bixler Hall 116 on the Ashland University main campus or email us acn@ashland.edu for more information.