Leymah Gbowee received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2011 after organizing women to bring about peace in Liberia. She speaks on campus Nov. 6.
Bringing peace to a nation at war with itself is a challenge, but ending that war through a nonviolent movement seems nearly impossible. Leymah Gbowee did just that in Liberia and her work earned her a Nobel Peace Prize. Gbowee will speak on campus at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 6, in the Centrum, Knutson Campus Center.
Gbowee is a member of the Lutheran church in Liberia. She worked to bring together Christian and Muslim women and led the movement that ended Liberia’s civil war in 2003. The events of that time are chronicled in her memoir, “Mighty Be Our Powers,” and in the award-winning documentary “Pray the Devil Back to Hell.”
“All of Ms. Gbowee's teaching and writing is dedicated to transforming our world into a more just and compassionate place for everyone,” says Dr. Jacqueline Bussie, director of The Forum on Faith and Life, which is sponsoring the event.
Gbowee helped organize and lead the Liberian Mass Action for Peace, confronted Liberia's president and rebel warlords, and even held a sex strike. Gbowee, who received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2011, emerged as an international leader who changed history, marking a new wave of women taking control of their political destiny around the world.
“Ms. Gbowee embodies the mission both of the Forum on Faith and Life and of Concordia College as a whole. She is thoughtful and informed, she has deeply influenced the affairs of the world, and she is dedicated to the Christian life. In short, Leymah Gbowee brings our mission to life. She is an inspiration to all of us,” Bussie says.
Gbowee’s documentary will be screened at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 4, in the Centrum. The lecture and the screening are open to the public and there are no admission fees.