Event Schedule

2015-16 Events

The Ashland Center for Nonviolence has planned a number of exciting events for the 2015-16 academic year. Mark your calendar and join us!

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:acn@ashland.edu.

Rev. Berthe Kalombo Nzeba, September  29 

Rev. Nzeba is a Christian leader in the Democratic Republic of Congo who oversees efforts in support of survivors of rape and war orphans. She is an active interlocutor in ecumenical platforms for peace and security in the Great Lakes Region and will be speaking about addressing sexual violence, advocating peace in the larger Region, and the need to transform the exploitation and trade of Congo’s mineral wealth.

Rev. Nzeba will be holding a Brown Bag luncheon on September 29 from noon-1pm in the Eagle's Landing- located in the Student Center. This is free and open to all. 

Rev. Nzeba's public lecture will be on September 29 at 7:00 pm in the Dauch College of Business and Economics Ridenour Room. All are welcome; no registration necessary.

Shane Claiborne, October 2 & 3

Shane is a founder and board member of The Simple Way, a faith community in inner city Philadelphia that has helped birth and connect radical faith communities around the world. He writes and travels extensively, speaking about peacemaking, social justice, and Jesus. Read more about Shane Claiborne...

Shane will give two public lectures in Upper Convo at Ashland University: 7:00 pm on Oct. 2 and 9:00 am on Oct. 3. A series of seminars on justice, faith, and nonviolence will be held from 1:30 - 3:00 pm at Ashland Theological Seminary on Saturday, October 3. All are welcome; no registration necessary. Events are hosted by Ashland Theological Seminary and co-sponsored by ACN.

WASTE: Film Series

10/5 Wasteland: What happens in the world's largest trash city will transform you

Filmed over nearly three years, WASTE LAND follows renowned artist Vik Muniz as he journeys from his home base in Brooklyn to his native Brazil and the world's largest garbage dump, Jardim Gramacho, located on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro. There he photographs an eclectic band of “catadores”—self-designated pickers of recyclable materials.

10/12 Nerve: How a Small Kentucky Town Led the Fight to Safely Dismantle the World's Chemical Weapons

Craig Williams is a Kentucky Vietnam veteran who mobilized a grassroots effort to stop the incineration of 500 tons of toxic chemical weapons stored at the Blue Grass Army Depot in Madison County. 

10/19 Nuclear Savage: The Islands of Secret Project 4.1

A shocking political expose, and an intimate ethnographic portrait of Pacific Islanders struggling for survival, dignity and justice after decades of top-secret human radiation experiments conducted on them by the U.S. government.

All films will be shown at 7:00 pm in the Ashland University Hawkins-Conard Student Center auditorium and will be followed by a brief discussion. The film series is part of the AU College of Arts and Sciences Symposium Against Indifference, which this year is focusing on environmental sustainability. All are welcome; free admission.

Traci Molloy, October 8 & 9

10/8 Public lecture at 7:00pm in the Dauch College of Business and Economics Ridenour Room.

A Brooklyn-based artist and social activist will be coming to Ashland University as part of the "Power of the Press" exhibition events. Traci's work explores adolescent culture, loss, and violence through photography, digital arts, installation, painting, and printmaking. 

On Friday October 9, Traci will be working with AU students and community members in a hands-on art collaborative project that relates to social justice revolving around the topic of bullying while expanding participants' thinking around activism and social change. Time: to be announced. Location: Center for the Arts.

Sponsored by the Art Department, Coburn Gallery, Ashland Center for Nonviolence, Psi Chi International Honor Society in Psychology and Student Activities. All are welcome; no registration necessary.

K-12 Art and Essay Contests 

We had a great response to our contests last year and are excited to host them again.

Art contest: "Living Together in Peace"

Art is a powerful way of sharing a student’s vision. Ashland and Richland county students from Kindergarten to eighth grade are encouraged to think and create imaginatively, to offer a personal response to what “Living Together in Peace” means to them. Read more...

Essay contest: "Resolving Conflict in Today's World"

Peace doesn’t mean avoiding conflict, but finding nonviolent ways of fostering understanding and cooperation. High school students are asked to consider a conflict they know about and suggest a creative, nonviolent strategy that could be implemented to address the concerns, reduce the tensions, and contribute to a peaceful resolution of the conflict. Read more...

These contests are possible through the generosity of Peace Lutheran Church. Art and essay contests are open to Ashland and Richland county residents. Submissions are due 12/4. 

Martin Luther King Day 2016 

1/18 Martin Luther King Day Community Celebration with speaker Dr. Marvin McMickle

Marvin McMickle is President of Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity. From 1987-2011 he was Senior Pastor of Antioch Baptist Church of Cleveland, Ohio and from 1996 to 2011 was the Professor of Homiletics at Ashland Theological Seminary. He is a member of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Board of Preachers at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia. In the winter semester of 2009 he served as a Visiting Professor of Preaching at Yale University Divinity School. Read more about Dr. McMickle...

The community celebration at 7:00 pm in the Ashland University Chapel will feature contest artwork on display as well as awards for art and essay contest winners. All are welcome; no registration necessary. Co-sponsored with the AU Office of Christian Ministry and Ashland Theological Seminary.



ACN's 2016 Conference: Sports and Violence

March 19, 2016 8:30 am to 5:00 pm on the campus of Ashland University. Registration opens October 1Visit the conference website.

Call for Papers
We are seeking paper and panel proposals that engage the conference theme. Papers may vary across disciplines and emphasize either practical or theoretical considerations. We also welcome proposals that engage one or more sphere of life: religion, business, education, the social sector (e.g. family), arts and entertainment, government, media. Read more...

Joe Ehrmann, keynote speaker
Joe Ehrmann has been an educator, author, activist, pastor, and coach for more than 25 years. Joe was an All-American football player at Syracuse University, lettered in lacrosse and was selected to the Syracuse All-Century Football Team. Joe went on to play professional football for 13 years. He was named the Colts “Man of the Year” and was the NFL’s first Ed Block Courage Award winner.Parade Magazine featured him on its cover, naming him “The Most Important Coach in America” because of his work to transform the culture of sports. Joe was awarded the Frederick Douglas National Man of the Year for empowering youth to prevent rape and other forms of male violence.Read more...

Joe Ehrmann appears thanks to the generosity of the AU Gridiron Club and the Ashland Community Foundation's Women's Fund. 

Joe will also be delivering a free, public lecture the evening before the conference (3/18) at7:00 pm in the Ashland University Upper Convocation Center. All are welcome.