A Peace of My Mind Exhibit on display

The Ellen Clarke Bertrand Library at Bucknell University is host to the exhibit, “A Peace of My Mind,” by award-winning photographer and author John Noltner Aug. 31 through Oct. 13. The exhibit may be viewed on the second floor of the library during library hours.

The library also will offer lectures and events focusing on international peace, all of which are free and open to the public.

Mark C. Johnson, executive director of the Fellowship of Reconciliation USA, will give a talk Tuesday, Sept. 18, at 7 p.m. in Bucknell Hall.  The talk, which is free and open to the public, is co-sponsored with the Community Alliance for Respect and Equality (CARE).

Johnson has a long history in peace and social justice issues and extensive experience in the Middle East. A conscientious objector during the Vietnam War, he fulfilled his alternative service in Beirut as a college instructor and lived in Lebanon for six years.

He has worked for many years for the YMCA at the local and national levels, and has an impressive background in administrative and development work.

Johnson earned a bachelor’s degree in English and history from the College of Wooster (Ohio), a master’s in philosophy from Columbia University, and a doctorate in sociology from Columbia. He is an ordained elder of the Presbyterian Church and a member of First United Methodist Church/Chicago Temple.

Founded in 1915, the Fellowship of Reconciliation is the nation’s largest and oldest interfaith peace and justice organization. It has been a leader in the nonviolent struggles for civil rights, civil liberties, and international solidarity. FOR works to build the “beloved community” of justice, peace, and freedom that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. envisioned.

Johnson’s talk is part of the Bertrand Library exhibition of photographs by John Noltner. “A Peace of My Mind” explores the meaning of peace through the portraits and personal stories of 52 diverse subjects including Holocaust survivors and the homeless, a Somali refugee and a military chaplain, a pottery instructor and an oil company executive, as well as artists, volunteers, politicians and business leaders. The exhibit may be viewed through Oct. 13 on the second floor of the library during library hours.

The next event in the series is the International Peace Day Celebration Peace Vigil, to be held Friday, Sept. 21, at noon at the Hufnagle Park Peace Pole in Lewisburg.

The exhibit closes with the conversation, “Becoming Instruments of Peace,” with Kerry Walters and Robin Jarrell, Friday, Oct. 12, at 4:30 p.m. in the Traditional Reading Room. Jarrell and Walters are co-authors of Blessed Peacemakers: 365 Extraordinary People Who Changed the World, to be released next year.

A long-time peace activist and author of more than 25 books, Walters is the William Bittinger Professor of Philosophy, Peace and Justice Studies at Gettysburg College. An Episcopal priest and independent scholar, Jarrell is the author of Fallen Angels, Fallen Women: the Origins of the Son of Man (forthcoming).

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