Walla Walla University's third annual 'Peacemaking Weekend' starts Friday

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WW University’s third annual ‘Peacemaking Weekend’ starts Friday

COLLEGE PLACE — Multiple issues related to guns will be at the center of Walla Walla University’s third annual Peacemaking Weekend, which begins Friday.

Guns or Roses-themed events will be:

12:15 p.m. Friday — The Walla Walla University Steel Band will perform at Land Title Plaza in downtown Walla Walla. The performance will also include WWU students presenting readings from the works of great world leaders.

10:30 a.m. Saturday — Community leader and retired attorney Dan Clark will present “Violence, Peace and Self-defense” in room 105 at WWU’s Canaday Technology Center.

4 p.m. Saturday — Panel discussion “What If...” will discuss potential scenarios involving guns, room 105, Canaday Technology Center, moderated by Austin Archer, professor of education.

Peacemaking Weekend originated as part of the Seventh-day Adventist Church’s efforts in its 6,000 schools, colleges and universities to set aside time annually to “emphasize and highlight respect, cultural awareness, nonviolence, peacemaking, conflict resolution, and reconciliation.” The weekend is coordinated by WWU’s Office of Diversity. Information is available at 527-2028 or by emailing pedrito@wallawalla.edu.

Acclaimed sports ethicist to lecture at Walla Walla University

COLLEGE PLACE — Sharon Kay Stoll will present the Walla Walla University Distinguished Scholar Lecture “Gaining an Advantage: Moral or Immoral Activity in the Competitive Arena” at 6 p.m. Sunday in the Melvin K. West Fine Arts Center Auditorium, 204 S. College Ave. College Place.

Stoll earned her doctorate in sport philosophy from Kent State University and has published eight books concerning ethics and morality. In 2007 she was named one of 100 Most Influential Sport Educators in America among names such as Andre Agassi, Tiger Woods, and Bob Costas. She was featured as a Sports Ethics educator in Sports Illustrated, and has been featured on programs such as Night Line and ESPN Sports Center.

Currently Stoll works at the University of Idaho where she is a professor of physical education. She also created and directs the Center for Ethics, which . works with several professional and university sports teams around the nation.

The event is free and open to the public.

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