We recognize world peace will come, not through one simple act but rather as the final outcome of thousands of smaller undertakings. Dialogue plays a key role and we seek to encourage this with the following inspiring speakers, promoting culture of peace in our communities. Drawing on a diverse selection of local and international speakers, the Mir Lecture Series delivers new views on community and global issues.
Shannon Moroney: One Woman's Pursuit of Justice, Forgiveness and Healing
The Mir Centre for Peace & Nelson Restorative Justice welcome Shannon Moroney who will share her perspective on grief, judgment, stigma, and criminal justice reform.
From heartbreak to hope...
Shannon Moroney was a high school guidance counsellor in 2005 when violence tore her life apart. Her husband was arrested after confessing to the sexual assault and kidnapping of two women. Shannon faced difficult choices as she searched for a path that would lead her out of trauma and toward a positive future. After discovering the lack of help available for families of criminals, she became a restorative justice advocate who speaks on the ripple effect of crime. Since 2008, Shannon has been addressing audiences around the world. In detailing her heartbreaking story of grief, violence, judgment and stigma, she also tells the story of a journey filled with compassion, forgiveness and hope.
When: Wednesday, November 21 at 7:00pm
Where: Nelson United Church, 602 Silica Street Nelson BC
Tickets: General Public $13, Students and Seniors $10
Available at the door or in advance at Kootenay Studio Arts at 606 Victoria Street, Nelson
Cash or cheque only
Residential Schools and Native Literature (Cancelled due to weather)
Jordan Abel asks what it means to be Indigenous, what it means to be an intergenerational survivor of residential schools, and what it looks like to be at the intersection of Creative Writing, Digital Humanities, and Indigenous Studies.
Selkirk Collge Mir Centre for Peace and Indigenous Services invite you to hear Abel speak.
Friday, October 26, 2018 at 7 p.m. (Cancelled due to weather)
Castlegar Campus, Sentinel 113
Sold at the door: $16 general public; $13 students
Abel is a Nisga'a writer from BC. Currently, he is pursuing a PhD at Simon Fraser University where his research concentrates on intergenerational trauma and Indigenous literature. Abel’s creative work has recently been anthologized in Best Canadian Poetry (Tightrope), The Land We Are: Artists and Writers Unsettle the Politics of Reconciliation (Arbiter Ring), and The New Concrete: Visual Poetry in the 21st Century (Hayword). Abel is the author of The Place of Scraps (winner of the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize), Un/inhabited, and Injun (winner of the Griffin Poetry Prize).
The History and Politics of Antifascism
Confronting the resurgence of fascism and white supremacy in the United States and beyond, the oppositional movement known as Antifa has recently sparked heated debate about violence, free speech, and strategies for stopping the Far Right.
But what is this movement, where did it come from, and where will it go from here?
Join historian and movement scholar Mark Bray as he tackles these and other questions. Bray is a historian of human rights, terrorism, and political radicalism in Modern Europe who was one of the organizers of Occupy Wall Street.
Bray is the author of Antifa: The Anti-Fascist Handbook, Translating Anarchy: The Anarchism of Occupy Wall Street, and is the co-editor of Anarchist Education and the Modern School: A Francisco Ferrer Reader. His work has appeared in the Washington Post, Boston Review, Foreign Policy, Critical Quarterly, and numerous edited volumes. He is currently a lecturer at Dartmouth College.
Date: Thursday, March 22, 2018 at 7 pm (This event was cancelled due to weather.)
Location: Civic Theatre, 719 Vernon Street, Nelson
Tickets: $17 general public/ $15 students and seniors (Tickets available online, March 5, at the Nelson Civic Theatre Box Office. Go to: https://civictheatre.ca and click on "Buy Tickets." Tickets also available at the door.)
To learn more about the Mir Lecture Series, contact Cara-Lee Malange at 250.365.1261.