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Nobel Peace Prize winner Jody Williams to speak during Peacemaker Awards Ceremony April 2

March 27, 2017


The Center for Peace and Conflict Studies (CPCS) at Wayne State University, along with the First Unitarian Universalist Church in Detroit, will host the Max Mark-Cranbrook Peace Lecture and Peacemaker Awards, 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Sunday, April 2, featuring Nobel Peace Prize winner Jody Williams.

The event, which is free and open to the public, will be held at the First Unitarian Church, 4605 Cass Ave., Detroit. An awards luncheon will follow the church service and lecture.

Williams also is scheduled to receive the CPCS Global Peacemaker Award. Community Peacemaker awards will be given to Pastor Barry Randolph of Detroit’s Church of the Messiah, recognizing his crucial work with youth, and John Hartig for his outstanding achievements in water-related environmental issues.

The Lifetime Achievement Awards will honor Dr. Stanley Levy, noted physician, humanitarian and activist, who continues to serve the less fortunate with outstanding health care and treatment discoveries; and Professor Bernice “Bunny” Kaplan, who pioneered anthropological approaches to human biology and was instrumental to the center’s development and outreach alongside CPCS co-founder and director Lillian Genser.

“Jody Williams is one of America’s most renowned and admired peace practitioners; her efforts have resulted in a global treaty to outlaw the use and placement of landmines, a weapon uniquely destructive, especially to young people long after wars are over,” said Fred Pearson, CPCS director. “The other inspiring awardees are among Detroit’s leaders in bringing people together for constructive solutions to issues of violence and injustice. I hope that people will want to come and hear their inspirational stories.”

RSVPs may be directed to Barbara L. Jones at barbaraljones@wayne.edu. For more information, call 313-577-3518.