Last Thursday night, we were honored to have our first Living Peace Series event in the 2011-2012 year. Women, War & Peace is a bold new five-part PBS television series challenging the conventional wisdom that war and peace are men’s domain.
UC Irvine anthropology and film & media studies professor, Roxanne Varzi; Producer & filmmaker, Abigail Disney, and Academy Award Winner Actor & Advocate, Geena Davis, all shared the insights on the changing landscape of war. The panel was moderated by Center for Living Peace, Founder, Kelly Thornton Smith!
We started the night off right with a party, celebrating all that women have done to help bring awareness to this issue.
It was such a beautiful event, thank to our fabulous event coordinators, Upon Request, and cater, Good Gracious.
The lovely, Kelly Thornton Smith with UCI Vice Chancellor, Parham.
From L to R: PBS SoCal President, Mel Rogers; Abigail Disney, Geena Davis, Kelly Thornton Smith, Roxanne Varzi and UCI’s Chancellor Drake.
Behind the scenes at our step & repeat!
Chancellor Drake welcomes our guests.
The VIP event was such a huge success. We are so grateful for our continued partnership with UCI, and for our NEW! partnership with PBS SoCal!
After the party, we walked over to UCI to dig into the issues at hand and learn how we can help.
Chancellor Drake and Kelly Thornton Smith welcome guests.
The event was packed and the room was filled to capacity! The talk was such a huge success. The panel brought thoughtful insight to the issues surrounding women in war, and Kelly moderated the panel with ease and grace. We are so proud of Kelly for doing such a great job!
Our expert panel, along with the fabulous Kelly!
Geena Davis and Kelly!
The night went by so quickly– it was so great to have Kelly moderating and asking these women how we can inspire other to “be the change they wish to see in the world.”
Speaking of be the change…
The Saturday before the speaking event, on October 8th, we welcomed youth to talk to them about women who are affected by war, and show them what they can do to help and inspire others.
Here are some highlights from the night…
Professional Tennis player and advocate, Maja Muric, spoke on her experiences growing up in war-torn Croatia.
Living Peace Project participants eagerly await the next module with UCI’s Center for Unconventional Security Affairs.
Pamela Donohoo, the CUSA artist-in-residence performed a breathtaking dance inspired by the women of the Congo.
The performance was improvised, but used cultural dance movements that symbolized violence, nurturing and recovery.
Next, everyone broke up into smaller groups to delve deeper into the issues facing women all around the world who are victims of war.
College students discussed the impact of prominent women who have led challenges and shaped the ideas and practices of democracies around the world.
Elementary school attendees learned how to use media tools to share their story & explore ways to connect with other students & stories through Internet media tools.
Middle & high school students came together to make personal connections with a family who has been displaced by conflict in their homeland.
At the end of the day, participants left their hand prints on the CUSA’s painting. This painting will be sent to the Congo, symbolizing our dedication and commitment to helping them.
Check out this cool video from the Living Peace Projects!
It was such a great event– and we are so grateful to have worked with PBS SoCal! Want to learn more about Women, War & Peace? We’re screening the 5 PBS documentaries on Saturdays. To see the full schedule, click here.
We want to send out a huge THANK YOU and lots of love to Apples & Oranges for filming these events for us, our fabulous photographers, Alex Abercrombie & Jason Niedle; as well as everyone who participated in the events! We couldn’t do any of it with out YOU!
Peace Grl Out.