Seeds of Peace Member To Discuss Community Building
Barbara Gottschalk, a board member with Seeds of Peace, an
organization that brings together young people from Israel, Palestine
and other troubled areas for experience in living together peacefully,
will discuss global community building during a public talk at Alma
Gottschalk, Alma’s 2008-09 Woodrow Wilson Foundation Visiting Fellow, will speak at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 10 in the Remick Heritage Center. Admission is free and open to the public.
The talk is sponsored by the Alma College Center for Responsible Leadership and is part of the College’s seventh annual Service Week Sept. 8 through 13. In addition to speaking in College classes during her visit, Gottschalk will visit Alma High School to talk with students.
Seeds of Peace organization empowers young people from areas of
conflict with the leadership skills required to break cultural
expectations of violence and advance reconciliation and coexistence,”
says John Leipzig, director of the Center for Responsible Leadership.
“As one of the founders of Seeds of Peace, Barbara Gottschalk has seen firsthand the impact these students have had after they have returned to their home communities. Their goal is create a peaceful world,” he says.
Founded in 1993, Seeds of Peace sponsors a summer camp in the United States and a Center for Coexistence in Jerusalem. More than 2,000 participants have graduated from the camp in Maine and then returned to their regions for regular meetings and coexistence programs.
From 46 Israeli, Palestinian and Egyptian teenagers in 1993, the organization still focuses on the Middle East but has expanded its programming to include young leaders from South Asia, Cyprus and the Balkans. Its leadership network now encompasses more than 3,500 young people from several conflict regions.
A clinical and school social worker for 30 years, Gottschalk helped create Seeds of Peace in 1993. She also is a board member and past president of the Bethesda Academy of Performing Arts, former board member of the United Jewish Appeal Federation, and a board member of the Friends of Erevna International Peace Center.
Her awards include a medal of honor presented by King Hussein of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordon and the Peacemaker Award from Earlham College. She has degrees from Earlham College, the University of Chicago and Franklin Pierce University.
The Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellows program connects a liberal education with the world beyond the campus by bringing thoughtful and successful practitioners to colleges for a week of classes and informal discussions with students and faculty.
The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation has developed and conducted programs in higher education since 1945. More than 200 colleges have participated in the Visiting Fellows program since 1973.
Posted: Tue, August 26th, 2008 at 12:49PM