Lane Community College to Hold 8th Annual Peace Symposium, April 30

By: David J. Smith, April 26, 2015

I received this notice from Stan Taylor at Lane Community College’s Peace Center.  The college is located in Eugene, Oregon.


News from Lane Community College

April 21, 2015

Lane Peace Center is honored to bring Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient Suzan Harjo and Ecotrust Indigenous Conservation Leadership award recipient Dennis Martinez to speak from an indigenous perspective on the historical and contemporary role of Indians in America.

Eugene – The Lane Peace Center’s 8th annual peace symposium, Seeing Red: Indigenous Perspectives on Peace & Justice, will be held on the Lane Community College Main Campus on April 30, 2015, with a morning in the Longhouse from 10:00 am to 12:30 pm and evening session in the Center for Meeting and Learning from 7:00 to 9:30 pm.

The symposium will focus on the role and experiences of Native Americans in contemporary and historical America. We are pleased to bring two prominent American Indians as our keynote speakers: Suzan Harjo and Dennis Martinez.

President Obama awarded Dr. Harjo the Presidential Medal of Freedom for her work as a writer, curator, and activist, to improve the lives of Native peoples. She was a key figure in the passage of the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act and the American Indian Religious Freedom Act. As the founder of the Morning Star Institute she helped to found and curate the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian.

Dennis Martinez is the Founder of the Indigenous Peoples Restoration Network. He works internationally with community-based Indigenous Peoples on cultural rights, climate change, eco-cultural restoration, and bridging Western Science with Traditional Ecological Knowledge. He is a recipient of an Ecotrust Indigenous Conservation Leadership awardee for Pacific North America.

The event is free, but seating is limited. The event will be live-streamed. To find complete information about attending or watching the live-stream go to:

Media Contact: Stan Taylor –Chair, Lane Community College Peace Center

Email: Phone: 541-463-5820

Published by David J. Smith

I am a career coach, consultant, and head of a not for profit - the Forage Center - that offers humanitarian education training. I also teach at George Mason University and Drexel University. A one time lawyer, I spent many years teaching in a community college where I was a Fulbright U.S. Scholar teaching in Estonia. I'm the author of Peace Jobs: A Student's Guide to Starting a Career Working for Peace (IAP 2016). I've been married to my best friend for over 31 years and we have two well adjusted adult children who teach me something new everyday. I live in Rockville, Maryland.

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