Peace Café: On Post Conflict Reconciliation
11/14 following the 3:00 PM performance, featuring Pulitzer Prize-winning author David K. Shipler
David Shipler - With his best selling books, Arab and Jew: Wounded Spirits in the Promised Land and The Working Poor, Pulitzer Prize winner and former New York Times veteran David Shipler has cemented his place among our most trenchant social commentators. He reported for The New York Times from 1966 to 1988 in New York, Saigon, Moscow, Jerusalem, and Washington, DC. Other books include Russia, A Country of Strangers, Rights at Risk, and The Rights of the People. His most recent book, Freedom of Speech: Mightier Than The Sword is published by Knopf and will be out in paperback this spring along with a new edition of Arab and Jew. In Freedom of Speech, Shipler maps a rapidly shifting topography on the free speech battle front, chronicling a variety of cultural controversies and the powerful responses to them: parents in Michigan rallying to teachers vilified for their reading lists; conservative ministers risking their churches’ tax-exempt status to preach politics from the pulpit; national security reporters using techniques more common in dictatorships to avoid leak prosecution; a DC Jewish theater’s struggle for creative control in the face of protests targeting productions critical of Israel (and the birth of Mosaic Theater Company of DC); history teachers in Texas quietly bypassing a reactionary curriculum to give students access to unapproved perspectives; the mixed blessings of the internet as a forum for racial dialogue. He has been a guest scholar at the Brookings Institution and a senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and has taught at Princeton, American University, and Dartmouth. He writes online at The Shipler Report.
Debby Shipler has worked as a social worker at Bowie Youth & Family Services for 25 years, the last 15 of those as the Clinical Supervisor. She is a therapist for families in difficulty and a facilitator for both parents’ and teen girls’ groups. For a while, she was liaison with the local high school implementing and leading a program for violence reduction and conflict resolution. Prior to that she was a teacher of young children in a variety of settings in the US and abroad, and of recently arrived refugees to this country.
ANGEL UWAMAHORO (Performer, 2015) Angel is an actress, poet and activist, born in Rwanda, currently completing her BA at Fordham University in NYC. She has performed her own poetry around the world, most recently at the U.N. for the 20th commemoration of the Rwandan Genocide, and is the proud re- cipient of a Rwanda Presidential Scholarship to study in the U.S. In 2014, she made her Off-Broadway debut at Signature Theatre in the world premiere of Katori Hall’s Our Lady of Kibeho. Other theatre in the US includes Measure Back (The Dixon Place), Bishop (Fordham/Primary Stages, NYC), and Africa’s Hope (USC Bovard Theatre, CA). International the- atre: Les Os que Craquent (Theatre de Poche, Belgium.) Film: Un Plan Parfait (Dir. Pascal Chaumeil), Shake Hands with the Devil (Dir. Roger Spottiswoode).