Randall Robinson spoke on "Making a Difference Internationally" at the 1999 Symposium, whose theme was "Nonviolence in Action" Photo: Randall Sarvis, Wilmington College
Westheimer Peace Symposium:
An Ongoing Quest for World Peace
In 1991, philanthropists Charles and May
Westheimer endowed an annual lecture series to reflect the
Quaker commitment to peace making, social justice,
humanitarian service, and respect for all persons.
Since then the annual Westheimer Peace Symposium at
Wilmington College has brought together national and international
speakers to address peace, society, and the environment during a
daylong conversation with the college, community and guests.
Speakers have included Julian Bond, Harry Wu, Baldemar Velasquez,
George McGovern, and Elias Chacour.
The Quaker institution, Wilmington College, is a
career-oriented liberal arts college. A standing committee, which
oversees the events, agreed that the symposia should encourage a
respectful "tug and pull" dialogue by inviting speakers who
represent a wide spectrum of beliefs, but that it must always
include one speaker who espouses Quaker beliefs in peace.
In 1998, two new events were added to the symposium
in the areas of art and music, which also express the theme of
peace. Students and community members contribute artwork in a
variety of media, which are exhibited during the symposia, and a
musical performance is produced and presented by the college's
Documentation includes a short report, a list of
speakers and themes from 1991 to 1999; catalogs about the college,
courses, and an annual report; college brochures; alumni magazines
that feature articles about the symposiums; symposia programs from
1991 to 1999; 15 photographs; and a video.
Originally submitted by: Ted Strickland, Representative (6th District).
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