Event Schedule

2017-18 Events

The Ashland Center for Nonviolence has planned a number of exciting events for the 2017-18 academic year. More information is coming soon!

All events are free and open to everyone unless otherwise noted.

Let us know if you're interested in volunteering to help with any of these events: kchartie@ashland.edu.

2016-17 Events

Welcome Johnny and Jane Home, September 28

Traumatized veterans returning from our wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are often diagnosed as suffering from a psychological disorder and prescribed a regimen of psychotherapy and psychiatric drugs. But why, asks psychologist Paula J. Caplan, is it a mental illness to be devastated by war? Caplan proposes an alternative: that we welcome veterans back into our communities and listen to their stories, one-on-one. (She provides guidelines for conducting these conversations.) This would begin a long overdue national discussion about the realities of war, and it would start the healing process for our returning veterans.

The Ashland Mental Health and Recovery Board will host a screening of the film “Is Anybody Listening?” in the Auditorium of the Student Center at Ashland University: 7:00 pm on Sept. 28.  They are also recruiting veterans and listeners to participate in the project.  Event is hosted by the Ashland Mental Health and Recovery Board and co-sponsored by ACN.

Restorative Conversations, October 6-8

Dr. Judy Mullet has authored and co-authored recent publications on restorative discipline and harmful teacher behaviors. Dr. Mullet specializes in restorative discipline in schools, conducting workshops across the USA.  She will be at Ashland University to lead a school-community workshop that lays the psychological and social foundation for restorative practices that build healthy relationships and learning environments. When difficult situations arise, restorative-minded educators and caregivers, can encourage healing and growth through inquiry-based, one-on- one processes, for both students who harmed and those who were harmed. Yet in order to do so, if teachers do not bring their best to student interactions, then students won’t be able to access their own best in understanding the impact of their actions on others. Participants will be introduced to experiences and practices that will be useful for students, educators and caregivers alike.

Event Schedule (all events free and open to the public):

Public Lecture: Restorative Practices: Cultivating Our Just and Peaceable Selves
Thursday, October 6th at 7pm in Ronk Lecture Hall, Schar School of Education

Workshop: The Stories We Tell Ourselves: The Power of Narrative for Restorative Justice
Friday, October 7th from 2-4pm in Eagle's Landing in the Student Center

Workshop: Relational Literacy as Restorative Practice in Education
Saturday, October 8th from 9-11am in Ronk Lecture Hall 

Our Fires Still Burn Film Screening, November 3


This exciting and compelling one hour documentary invites viewers into the lives of contemporary Native American role models living in the U.S. Midwest. It dispels the myth that American Indians have disappeared from the American horizon, and reveals how they continue to persist, heal from the past, confront the challenges of today, keep their culture alive, and make great contributions to society.  

Film producer Audrey Geyer as well as Jack Lyons, Executive Director of the Native American and Indian Center in Akron, will be on-site to kick-off the event and answer any questions following the screening.

Sponsored by the Native American Ministry Committee of the United Methodist Church and Ashland Center for Nonviolence.  Film screening will take place in the Auditorium of the Student Center at Ashland University at 7pm on November 3rd.  All are welcome; no registration necessary.

Martin Luther King Day 2017

1/16 Martin Luther King Day Community Celebration with speaker Donald Miller.  

Donald Miller's message of a "just peace" will highlight Martin Luther King's condemnation of militarism and advocacy of creative alternatives. Professor emeritus at Bethany Theological Seminary and former general secretary of the Church of the Brethren, Miller was involved in the "Decade to Overcome Violence" initiative of the World Council of Churches. From 2000 to 2010, Miller coordinated a number of conferences with other Historic Peace Churches throughout the world that aimed to address the root causes of violence, the role of peacemakers, and the needs of victims while challenging the widespread idea of a "just war." Miller's advocacy of a "just peace" as an alternative is deeply informed by his international experiences with peacemaking. 

The community presentation will be held at 7:00 pm in the Trustees Room in Upper Convo at Ashland University. All are welcome; no registration necessary.  



3rd Annual John D. Stratton Conference

Registration is now open!  Click here to register 

For more information  visit the following link: http://acn.nationbuilder.com

Randolph Roth, keynote speaker

Randolph Roth is a professor of History and Sociology at Ohio State. Professor Roth is the author of American Homicide (The Belknap Press of the Harvard University Press, 2009). The book is an interregional, internationally comparative study of homicide in the United States from colonial times to the present. Professor Roth is currently completing Child Murder in America, a study of homicides of and by children from colonial times to the present. It will be a companion volume to American Homicide. He is also the principal investigator on the National Homicide Data Improvement Project, a project funded by the National Science Foundation and the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation to improve the quality of homicide data in the United States from 1959 to the present.

Presentations from a variety of national experts will include:

  • "Narratives of the Gun Paradox" - Amanda Gillespie (Miami University)
  • "Should Concealed Guns Be Permitted on College Campuses?" - Ian Young (Bowling Green State University)
  • "Guns and their Owners as Material and Affective Assemblages: Notes toward an Ethnographic Account of American Gun Culture" - Michael Grigoni (Duke University)
  • "Social Violence: Role of Gun Culture" - Binod Kumar (University of Dayton)
  • "Who Owns Handguns?: An Analysis of the Correlates of Handgun Ownership" - Mitchell Gresham (Bowling Green State University)
  • "A Carribbean Perspective: Gender and Age Lessons Learned from assessment of youth on youth violence factors of School Bonding, Protective, Threat, and Risk Factors" - Carolyn Gentle-Genitty (Indiana University)
  • "The American Gun Culture: Potential Impact on K-12 School Violence" - Gordon Crews (Tiffin University)
  • "Fatal and Non-fatal Shooting Incidents: Understanding the Circumstances of Victimization" - Lauren Magee (Michigan State University) and Natalie Kroovand Hipple (Indiana University)
  • "Gun Shops as Local Institutions: Federal Firearms Licensees, Social Disorganization, and Neighborhood Violent Crime" - Trent Steidley (University of Denver)
  • "The Storied Gun: Using Narrative to Grasp the Moral Logic of Guns in America" - Mark Ryan (University of Dayton)
  • "But the Disciples did not carry guns: The Apparent Contradiction of the Gun Rights Christians" - Matt Stolick (University of Findlay)
  • "A Study in Contrasts: European Domestic Control of Guns and their International Export" - Rachel Boaz (Baldwin Wallace University)