University of Rochester

EVENT: A Season for Nonviolence Continues with Full Weekend of Events

February 24, 2011

Talks by Artist Robert Shetterly, Activist Kathy Kelly among Events Planned

This weekend, an art exhibit, film screening, and lectures from distinguished speakers will promote nonviolent practices in everyday life and encourage individuals and organizations to identify new ways to solve some of Rochester's most pressing problems.

Planned by the M.K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence at the University of Rochester, along with a host of community partners, A Season for Nonviolence is the nationally celebrated 64-day period between the memorial anniversaries of the assassinations of Mohandas K. Gandhi on Jan. 30 and of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on April 4. This year, Rochester is one of almost 400 communities to participate.


Art Exhibit Closing Reception and Lecture with Robert Shetterly
Friday, Feb. 25, 4:30 p.m., Central Library Link Gallery
Americans Who Tell the Truth artist Robert Shetterly discusses his motivation behind creating a collection of portraits of leaders and activists, who, according to the artists' website, can "remind us of the dignity, courage and importance of some of America's truth tellers." Portraits include the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Harriett Tubman, Susan B. Anthony, and Rosa Parks, as well as contemporary activists Kathy Kelly and Noam Chomsky. This event closes the showing at the Link Gallery. Shetterly will be introduced by Susan Dodge-Peters Dais, curator of American Art at the Memorial Art Gallery, which also includes a question-and-answer session following the lecture.

Little Theatre Film Screening: Freedom on My Mind
Friday, Feb. 25, 6:30 p.m., Little Theatre
The Little Theatre honors Black History Month with a series of films that present various aspects of African-American life. In support of A Season for Nonviolence, ticket sales from the Friday screening of Freedom on My Mind, a documentary about the 1960s freedom movement in Mississippi, will help fund the Season's mission. The screening also features a discussion with Rochester Police Chief James Sheppard, moderated by Renee Frazier-Stornelli. Tickets are $5 and are available at the Little's box office.

Kathy Kelly, Gandhi Distinguished Lecturer
Sunday, Feb. 27, 7 p.m., Interfaith Chapel on Rochester's River Campus
Peace activist and three-time Nobel Prize nominee Kathy Kelly will deliver a speech as a part of the M.K. Gandhi Institute's Distinguished Lecture Series. Kelly, whose portrait also will be on display as a part of the Americans Who Tell the Truth collection, will discuss her work with Voices for Creative Nonviolence, an organization that seeks to end American involvement in war.

Art Exhibit Opening Reception
Monday, Feb. 28, 4 p.m., Monroe Community College Damon City Campus Atrium
Americans Who Tell the Truth moves to its new location at the MCC's Damon City Campus. The opening reception, hosted by Rochester AmeriCorps, includes a live broadcast from WDKX and celebrates the exhibit's final weeks in Rochester. The exhibit will be on display until Tuesday, March 8, during regular business hours and is free to the public.

Liberty Pole Daily Observance of Nonviolence Continues
Weekdays through Friday, April 1, noon to 12:30 p.m., Liberty Pole
From musical performances to inspirational readings, different activities will be woven into each day's observance. Free and open to the public.

Lecture with Arthur Romano: Celebrating A Season for Nonviolence
Thursday, March 17, 7 to 9 p.m., Asbury First United Methodist Church (1050 East Ave.)
For more than a decade, Arthur Romano has worked as a nonviolence trainer, teaching conflict resolution, nonviolent leadership, and peace education. While in Rochester, Romano will give a lecture that offers insights into the visions of both Gandhi and King, while discussing their work for peace. While donations are gratefully accepted, this lecture is free and open to the public.

Workshop with Arthur Romano: Kingian Nonviolence for Community Activists
Friday, March 18, 6 to 9 p.m., Saturday, March 19, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Church of the Ascension (1360 Lake Ave.)
Nonviolence expert Arthur Romano will present a two-day workshop on how community activists can apply Kingian Nonviolence principles to their work. Donations for participation are on a sliding scale, from $40 to $75, though no one will be turned away for lack of funds.

Naomi Tutu, Keynote Speaker and Gandhi Distinguished Lecturer
Sunday, April 3, 4 p.m., Strong Auditorium on Rochester's River Campus
Presenting the lecture, Our Shared Humanity: Creating Understanding through the Principles of MLK, Naomi Tutu draws upon her life experiences to discuss the importance of human rights, peace, and equality.

A Season for Nonviolence is sponsored by the M.K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence. University partners include the Frederick Douglas Institute, Rochester Center for Community Leadership, Women's Caucus, Wilson Commons Student Activities, and Interfaith Chapel. Community sponsors include the Greater Rochester Community of Churches, Rochester AmeriCorps, Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County, Monroe Community College Damon City Campus, St. Bernard's School of Theology and Ministry, Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School, Veterans for Peace, Education for Peace, Art Peace, Center for Interfaith Dialogue and Peace & Justice Studies at Nazareth College, Rochester Area Mennonite Fellowship, and Rochester Against War, among others. A full list of events can be found at