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Monastery to host lectures on justice

First to feature GHS grad

— The Monastery of St. Gertrude will host three lectures by local diversity educators and human rights activists on creating justice in the region. The series takes place Sept. 24, 25, and 26 and is planned in conjunction with the Spirit Center retreat, “Creative Courage: An Artist’s Voice for Justice,” and the "Speaking Volumes: Transforming Hate" exhibit at Lewis-Clark State College which runs through Dec. 13.

Tuesday, Sept. 24, 7 p.m., Jeff Guillory and Jenne Schmidt will present Building Social Movements in Rural Spaces. Guillory is the director of the diversity education program at Washington State University. For more than 20 years, he has also consulted major companies and organizations regarding organizational development, conflict management, diversity education, cultural competency and team building. Schmidt, a graduate of Grangeville High School, is an educator and coordinator of diversity education at WSU. She has also worked as a legal assistant serving low income and disabled people in San Francisco, and was a community organizer in the struggle for affordable housing on the South Side of Chicago. Committed to social justice, Schmidt is actively engaged in anti-oppression organizing and activism.

Wednesday, Sept. 25, 7 p.m., Dr. Eleanor Downey will present Tolerance…A Lifelong Journey. Downey is a professor of social work at Lewis-Clark State College. She was a social worker for 24 years and a senior research associate at the Institute for Research on Social Problems focusing on learning how children develop race and gender concepts and attitudes. She has developed educational programs and conducted workshops on raising children without prejudices.

Thursday, Sept. 26, 7 p.m., Tony Stewart will present A Contemporary History of Human Rights in Idaho and the Pacific Northwest. Stewart is an award-winning political scientist, lecturer, author, and community activist. As a human rights activist, he is a founding member of the Kootenai County Task Force on Human Relations, the Human Rights Education Institute, and Northwest Coalition Against Malicious Harassment. He was also vice-chair of the North Idaho College Human Rights and Diversity Committee. He has advised numerous organizations, educational institutions, and politicians. He has also produced lectures and public television programs on social justice.

All talks are free and take place at Spirit Center, Monastery of St. Gertrude, 465 Keuterville Road, Cottonwood. For information call 962-2000.

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