Regis University to host Nobel Peace Laureate Leymah Gbowee

March 02, 2015

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Nobel Peace Laureate Leymah Gbowee will share her experience as a nonviolent peace activist and her efforts to end Liberia’s civil war at a free, public talk 6 p.m. Saturday, March 14, at Regis University’s St. John Francis Regis Chapel. Learn more and reserve a seat at the event by visiting regis.edu/Leymah. 

Gbowee’s visit is sponsored by Regis University’s Institute on the Common Good in partnership with PeaceJam, a Denver-based international education leadership organization. The speech caps the two-day Rocky Mountain PeaceJam Leadership Conference, an event that engages youth through workshops, service learning projects and opportunities to engage with local community organizations.

"We are excited to have Leymah Gbowee visit Regis University," said Paul Alexander, director of the Institute on the Common Good. "It is always inspiring to hear a Nobel Laureate speak about their inspiring work toward peace and the challenge of overcoming adversity to make our world a better place."

In 2002, Gbowee led a campaign with thousands of Muslim and Christian women who demanded peace amid the Second Liberian Civil War. Gbowee led the Women of Liberia Mass Action for Peace Movement, which used nonviolent demonstrations and sit-ins to end the civil war in 2003. Gbowee received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2011 for her non-violent struggle for the safety of women and women’s rights to full participation in peace-building work.

Gbowee is founder and president of the Gbowee Peace Foundation Africa, which provides education and leadership opportunities for girls, women and youth in Liberia. She also reaches people across the world through film and writing, including her memoir “Mighty Be Our Powers” and the documentary “Pray the Devil Back to Hell.” She teaches at Columbia University in New York City.

Regis University’s Institute on the Common Good, established in 1998, serves the community at large by promoting the common good and providing a safe and effective space for community dialogue, discernment and democratic deliberation. It operates under the simple theory that through dialogue and trust building, major social change can occur.