A Weekend with Nobel Peace Laureate Leymah Gbowee

_These events occurred in October 2011, just one week after Leymah learned she was one of three women jointly awarded the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize. The campus community was thrilled to host her. The peace prize made her honor as EMU’s 2011 “Alumnus of the Year” especially poignant. Our staff offered live webcasts of Homecoming chapel on Friday and the Sunday worship service – Leymah spoke at both events, and the line for Leymah’s book signing on Saturday began forming nearly three hours before the event began! _

Homecoming chapel assembly

Where: Lehman Auditorium
When: Friday, Oct. 14, 10 a.m.

Joining Leymah to share stories of faith-based peacebuilding will be EMU alum Doug Hostetter, Mennonite Central Committee representative to the United Nations. Jericho Road, a new men’s acapella vocal ensemble, will provide music. Carolyn Stauffer is worship leader.

Symposium: “Societies in Transition”

Where: Seminary, Martin Chapel
When: Friday, Oct. 14, 1 – 4 p.m.

Faculty and alumni from the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding will explore the transition “from instability to peace,” the subtitle of this symposium, in Liberia and elsewhere in the world. Free and open to the public.

Documentary and presentation by Leymah Gbowee

Pray the Devil Back to Hell documentary screening and talk by Leymah Gbowee Where: Yoder Arena, University Commons
When: Friday, Oct. 14, 8 p.m.

Watch the award-winning documentary about the Liberian women who took on the warlords and regime of dictator Charles Taylor in the midst of a brutal civil war. Presentation by Leymah will follow.

Open to the public and free of charge. Doors will open at 7:30 p.m., following EMU’s annual donor appreciation banquet. See campus parking info and maps.

“Mighty Be Our Powers” book signing

Where: University Commons Bookstore (upper level)
When: Saturday, Oct. 15, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.

Leymah Gbowee’s newly released book, Mighty Be Our Powers, will be available for purchase and signing by Leymah.

Homecoming worship service

Where: Lehman Auditorium
When: Sunday, Oct. 16, 10 a.m.

Leymah Gbowee will be presented with EMU’s “Alumna of the Year Award” and share personal reflections. Also being honored posthumously is Glen Lapp, EMU’s “Distinguished Service Award” recipient, who was killed in 2010 while on a medical relief trip to a remote part of Afghanistan.

Doors open at 9 a.m. Overflow crowd will be hosted in Suter Science Center 106 with live video feed of the service. Following the weekend’s events, podcasts, photo galleries and videos of the weekend will be available on this page.