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25th Annual #SalemOR Peace Lecture – David Hartsough

Hartsough-Headshot25th Annual Salem Peace Lecture

David Hartsough: “Waging Peace: Global Adventures of a Lifelong Nonviolent Activist”

Wednesday, October 15, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.

Hudson Hall, Mary Stuart Rogers Music Center


The Peace Lecture series originated in 1990 through the cooperative efforts of Salem Peace Plaza, Inc.; the United Nations Association, Salem Chapter; Physicians for Social Responsibility; the Willamette University Educational Programs Committee; and the Willamette University Office of the Chaplain.

The primary purpose of the series is to bring to the community a variety of thought-provoking lectures exploring pathways to justice, peace, and harmony, both in the community and throughout the world, while memorializing and/or honoring the lives and works of those in our community who have demonstrated outstanding devotion to these most cherished goals.

The citizens of Salem, the City of Peace, are greatly indebted to the tireless efforts of such community leaders. Our debt to them can only be repaid by our continuing to build upon the foundation they have laid.


Since meeting Marin Luther King, Jr. in 1956 and working with the Civil Rights Movement in the south, David Hartsough has found his way over and over again to exciting nonviolent direct action all over the world. His biography reads like a nonviolent Forrest Gump story. He has blocked Navy ships and munitions trains, accompanied activists threatened by death squads in Central America, been arrested protesting nuclear weapons testing and many other outrages, been threatened and injured by violent opponents, and crossed forbidden borders to make peace. Hartsough’s story demonstrates the power and effectiveness of organized nonviolent action. Moreover, it shows how nonviolent struggle is being waged all over the world by ordinary people committed to ending the spiral of violence and war.

Mr. Hartsough is executive director of San Francisco-based Peaceworkers and co-founder of Nonviolent Peaceforce. He holds a BA from Howard University and an MA in international relations from Columbia University. His articles about his peacemaking work have been published in SojournersFellowshipPeaceworkFriends Journal, and Friends Bulletin. His book Waging Peace: Global Adventures of a Lifelong Activist (with Joy Hollyday), is scheduled for release on November 1.

Salem Peacemaker Award

At this year’s lecture, the Salem Peacemaker Award will be presented to the Reverend Dr. Charles (Charlie) Wallace, Jr., Willamette University chaplain and professor of religious studies emeritus.


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