For Immediate Release

Contact:Deborah Gilleran

Congressman Chris Smith Keynote Speaker for Georgian Court University’s Nonviolence Awareness Week

Lakewood, N.J., Oct. 19, 2007—Violence seems to be on the rise in society as evidenced in our daily newscasts of assaults in our school systems, accounts of domestic and other violence against women, and the horrors of war.

These are just some of the topics that will be covered during Nonviolence Week, which opens with a keynote speech from U.S. Congressman Chris Smith, R-NJ, 4th District, on human trafficking, Monday, November 5, at 9:30 a.m. in the Little Theatre on the campus of Georgian Court University in Lakewood.

Rep. Smith says, “Human trafficking, while ever present throughout history, exploded in prevalence, sophistication, and cruelty in the mid-1990s. The breakup of the Soviet Union and the Warsaw Pact nations lent itself to a new black market where suddenly mobsters—many of them former KGB operatives—were buying and selling young women as commodities.” He continues, “This phenomenon, coupled with the rapid growth of Internet pornography, drove the demand for trafficking to a whole new level. Suddenly, organized crime in countries all over the world made profits seemingly without limit while incurring next to no risk of prosecution.”

Rep. Smith has made important strides in fighting this criminal enterprise with the passage of his landmark legislation, the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000 (P.L. 106-386).

Join Rep. Smith and other special guest speakers for a weeklong series of presentations and lectures on nonviolence awareness. The sessions cover an array of multidisciplinary topics related to this critical concern of the Sisters of Mercy, which is Georgian Court’s sponsoring organization.

All events are free and open to the public but reservations are required by calling 732.987.2263. Schedule and presenters are subject to change. Please check for updates.

Nonviolence Awareness Week Schedule of Events

All events take place in the Little Theatre unless otherwise noted.

Monday, November 5

Keynote Speaker Representative Chris Smith, R-NJ, 4th District, on Human Trafficking

9:30 a.m.–10:45 a.m.

Dorothy Day: A Prophet of Nonviolence

11:00 a.m.–12:15 p.m.; Lou McNeil, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Theology & Religious Studies

Just War as Christian Witness?

12:30 p.m.–1:45 p.m.; Mark Ryan, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Theology & Religious Studies

Making Peace with Earth

2:00 p.m.–3:15 p.m.; Suzanne Golas, CSJP, Director of Waterspirit, Elberon, New Jersey

Conflict Resolution Skills for Teachers

4:00 p.m.–5:15 p.m.; Diane Guerin, RSM, Ph.D., Adjunct Faculty, Gwynedd Mercy College Center for Lifelong Learning and Consultant, Creative Conflict Consultants

Preventing Sexual Violence

5:30 p.m.–6:45 p.m.; Michelle Aimone, LSW, Program Director, St. Francis Community Center, Brant Beach, NJ

Bullying Awareness & Prevention

7:00 p.m.–8:10 p.m.; Diane Guerin, RSM, Ph.D., Adjunct Faculty, Gwynedd Mercy College Center for Lifelong Learning, and Consultant, Creative Conflict Consultants

U.S. Involvement in the Middle East: Iranian Perspectives

8:20 p.m.–9:30 p.m.; Suzanne Pilgram, Associate Professor of Art

Tuesday, November 6

No Peace without Making Relationships Right

8:00 a.m.–9:15 a.m.; Catherine Darcy, RSM, Ph.D.

Understanding Violence in Youth: A Psychological & Developmental Perspective

9:30 a.m.–10:45 a.m.; Christopher Trigani, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology

Family Violence: Impact on Children & Adolescents

11:00 a.m.–12:15 p.m.; Lorraine Licata, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology

Gene Sharp & Political Nonviolence: 198 Methods of Nonviolent Action

12:30 p.m.–1:45 p.m.; Scott Bennett, Ph.D., Associate Professor of History

Diffusing Violent Verbal Exchanges

2:00 p.m.–3:15 p.m.; Robin Solbach, Psy.D., Director of Counseling; John Viterito, Counselor

Hostage Negotiation: What EVERYONE Needs to Know

4:00 p.m.–5:15 p.m.; Robert Louden, Ph.D., Professor of Criminal Justice

Conflict Resolution Skills

5:30 p.m.–6:45 p.m.; Diane Guerin, RSM, Ph.D., Adjunct Faculty, Gwynedd Mercy College Center for Lifelong Learning, and Consultant, Creative Conflict Consultants

The Philosophy & Praxis of Nonviolence

7:00 p.m.–8:10 p.m.; Kasturi DasGupta, Ph.D., Professor of Sociology

The Organizational Effects of Bullying on Performance

8:20 p.m.–9:30 p.m.; Leslie Korb, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Business

Wednesday, November 7

Thoreau’s Essay on Civil Disobedience

9:30 a.m.–10:45 a.m.; Maria Cordis Richey, RSM, Ph.D., Professor of English

Demilitarizing Our Everyday Language

11:00 a.m.–12:15 p.m.; Connie Chismar, Ed.D., Professor of English

Criminal Justice & Alternate Dispute Resolution

12:30 p.m.–1:45 p.m.; Robert Louden, Ph.D., Professor of Criminal Justice

Student Panel Discussion on Gun Control

2:00 p.m.–3:15 p.m.; Evelyn Saul Quinn, Associate Provost for Academic Support & Student Life Programs and Associate Professor of Social Work

The Biological & Psychological Bases for Violence

4:00 p.m.–5:45 p.m.; Linda James, Ph.D., Dean, Schools of Sciences & Mathematics and Arts & Humanities, and Professor of Psychology; Marie Cook, RSM, Ph.D., Professor of Biology

Homelessness & Poverty: Violence against the Vulnerable

7:00 p.m.–9:30 p.m.; Anti-Poverty Network of New Jersey

Thursday, November 8

Rearing Our Children to Embrace Nonviolence

9:30 a.m.–10:45 a.m.; Ana Binkiewicz, M.D., Retired Professor of Clinical Pediatric Medicine, University of Arizona, Tucson

Is Peace Possible in the Middle East?

11:00 a.m.–12:15 p.m.; Karen Donahue, RSM, Justice Office, Sisters of Mercy Detroit

Forgiveness as Blind Vision: Integrating Peace & Reconciliation

12:30 p.m.–1:45 p.m.; Deirdre Mullan, RSM, Ph.D., Director, Mercy NGO at UN

Film: Between Iraq and a Hard Place

2:00 p.m.

Peacemaking in the Bible

4:00 p.m.–5:15 p.m.; Judith Schubert, RSM, Ph.D., Professor of Theology & Religious Studies

The Spiritual Significance of Nonviolence toward All Beings, Arts and Science Center, Room 104

4:00 p.m.–5:15 p.m.; Holly Roberts, Ph.D., ‘02

Fair Trade: A More Peaceful World

5:30 p.m.–6:45 p.m.; CRS Fair Trade Ambassadors

Land Mines: Seeds of Destruction; A Harvest for Peace?

7:00 p.m.–8:10 p.m.; William Bishop, Assistant Professor of Geography

Growing up Violent: Psychological Indicators

8:20 p.m.–9:30 p.m.; Joseph Paglino, Lecturer in Psychology & Criminal Justice

Friday, November 9

Violence against Women: Psychological & Theological Considerations

11:00 a.m.–1:30 p.m.; Johann Vento, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Theology & Religious Studies; Theresa Brown, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology

Founded in 1908 and sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, Georgian Court University is a comprehensive university with a strong liberal arts core and a special concern for women. A forward-thinking university that supports diversity and academic excellence, Georgian Court serves over 3,000 students of all faiths and backgrounds in a residential Women's College and a coeducational University College with undergraduate and graduate programs. Georgian Court's main campus is located at 900 Lakewood Avenue, Lakewood, N.J., on the picturesque former George Jay Gould estate, now named a National Historic Landmark. Georgian Court also offers classes at its site at 90 Woodbridge Center Drive in Woodbridge and at Coastal Communiversity in Wall and Cumberland County College in Vineland.

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