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.
From social activist to Guatemala’s first openly feminist and openly lesbian congressperson.
In the summer of 2015, Guatemala experienced unprecedented grassroots opposition to government corruption; thousands of Guatemalans gathered across the country to protest widespread government corruption and impunity with an improbable victory: the subsequent resignations and arrests of President, Oscar Perez Molina and Vice-President, Roxanna Baldhetti.
Social activist and performance artist, Sandra Moran successfully ran for congress in the country’s national election in September 2015 and was Guatemala’s first openly feminist and openly lesbian congressperson, represents the Convergence for the Democratic Revolution (CRD-CPO) party, a new Guatemalan political organization formed by many of the country’s social movements.
For over three decades, Moran has played an important role in Guatemala’s human rights, women’s and cultural movements. Her activism made her a target for death squads, and by the late 1980s, she was forced into exile in Nicaragua, Mexico and finally Vancouver, Canada. In 1994, Sandra returned from Canada to Guatemala City to help create the Women’s Sector, an alliance of 33 women’s groups that represented Guatemalan women during peace negotiations that ended Guatemala’s 36-year civil war in late 1996.
Moran could be thought of the Guatemalan equivalent of Canada’s Naomi Klein, the consummate activist, visionary and change-maker extraordinaire. If you are interested in how social changes happens against seemingly
insurmountable odds, don’t miss this lecture!
Time & Date: Saturday, September 24, 2016, 7:30 pm
Location: Brilliant Cultural Centre, 1876 Brilliant Road, Castlegar
Cost: Adult $16 | Senior $13| Student $13
Tickets are available at the door or at the Castlegar campus
bookstore. To order tickets over the phone, please call 250.365.1281.
Walking after Midnight: The Story of Bob
Katy Hutchison is restorative justice advocate with a compelling, real life story. Katy describes how alcohol and other drug use, bullying peer pressure, and misguided choices in an unchaperoned setting caused devastation to her family. Katy shares how this traumatic event impacted her as a wife and as a mother of two young children.
Her presentation is designed to explore the dynamics that led to the events that changed everything for her and her family, and to empower communities to make healthier choices so similar tragedies can be prevented. Most importantly, she explores the power of forgiveness and describes her own grassroots quest for restorative justice.
Time & Date: Wednesday, November 23, 2016, 7 pm
Location: Civic Theatre, 719 Vernon St., Nelson
Cost: Adults $16 | Seniors $13 | Students $13
Tickets: Available at the door
To learn more about the Mir Lecture Series, contact Cara-Lee Malange at 250.365.1261