Peace Week Recap


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The DTC hosted its first Peace Week at Butler University from October 3rd-10th, which included events like the Game Changers Forum, Prayers at the Peace Pole, Yoga and Meditation, a screening of The Hunting Ground, a Lunch and Learn discussion around human trafficking, and an International Day of the Girl celebration featuring Indiana Congresswoman Representative Susan Brooks as a guest speaker. Through these events, students and community members engaged in conversations surrounding sensitive topics such as domestic violence, rape crimes, and human trafficking. Despite the magnitude of how many people are affected by these issues, many of the discussions revolved around women’s empowerment and how we can contribute to this movement.

Our volunteers and Peace and Conflict Studies Fellow reflect below on their experiences and insights gained throughout the week:

Tuesday, October 4th: Interfaith Prayers at the Peace Pole

“This year, the Prayers at the Peace Pole event went great! We had representatives from ten different faith groups who shared a prayer or some other piece from their respective religion. This was an amazing show of unity and peace on our campus as we stood together without prejudice or judgement. We look forward to the event next year, and thanks to all who made an appearance!” – Rachel Smith, Volunteer

Wednesday, October 5th: Film Screening of The Hunting Ground

“We watched the documentary The Hunting Ground which focused on the tragic pandemic sweeping college campuses in the United States––sexual assault. This film touches on important statistics as well as testimony from a myriad of students affected by sexual assault. After the film, students discussed the issues brought up in the film, especially about how the film did not blame a single entity––rather the film took many factors into account.” – Maria Rapisarda, Volunteer

Sunday, October 9th: Documentary viewing and Discussion of Human Trafficking
“The documentary entitled “Sex + Money: A National Search for Human Worth” brought out an interesting audience. Mostly composed of men, the group engaged in an insightful conversation after viewing the film. Topics discussed included the most shocking aspects of the documentary and what the narrative was that each person needed to take away in order to make a lasting change in the future. The large group of men related the horrors they were learning about to their younger sisters and brainstormed how they could protect all these young girls.”
– Autumn Tyler, DTC Peace and Conflict Studies Fellow

By: Lexa Muehlbauer, with contributions from: Autumn Tyler, Maria Rapisarda, and Rachel Smith

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