Center For Peace and Conflict Studies Max Mark-Cranbrook Peace Lecture and Peacemaker Awards Ceremony featuring filmmaker Dr. Abigail Disney

In celebration of Women’s History Month, The Center for Peace and Conflict Studies at Wayne State University will host the Max Mark-Cranbrook Peace Lecture and Peacemaker Awards on Thursday, March 12, 2015 from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at NextEnergy. Filmmaker, philanthropist and activist, Abigail Disney will be the guest lecturer and she is the recipient of the 2015 Global Peacemaker Award presented by The Center For Peace and Conflict Studies. The event is $25.00 for the lecture, award ceremony and dessert reception, $10.00 for the lecture and award ceremony and $5 for students, lecture and award ceremony (student ID is required) payments will be accepted at the door.

The event will also honor notable individuals and groups who have made a key difference in promoting peaceful relations in the Detroit community. or globally. This year, the Community Peacemaker Awards will be given to Eide Alawan from the Islamic Center of America who has formed positive collaborations across ethnic lines in the community. Annie Ellington, who is the architect of the very effective from the Detroit Youth Violence Prevention Initiative. Anthony Holt, Chief of Police at Wayne State University who has engineered a model of positive policing in and around the community and Esther Shapiro, one of Detroit’s most distinguished public servants raising consciousness of both consumer and civil rights.

Dr. Frederic Pearson, director of The Center For Peace and Conflict Studies states, “Dr. Abigail Disney documents some of the most exciting and important peace initiatives of our time. The Tribeca award winning film “Pray the Devil Back To Hell”, told the extraordinary story of the courageous Christian-Muslim Peace Movement that ultimately toppled Charles Taylor and ended the civil war in Liberia, a country unfortunately still ravaged by the consequences of Ebola. What could be more timely and inspiring than great artistry devoted to public awareness? She is continuing her remarkable career with new productions on women’s roles in peacemaking”.

WDET’s Sandra Swoboda will lead is in a most inspiring evening saluting these leading citizens. There will be a showing of Dr. Disney’s film, “Pray The Devil Back To Hell” on Thursday, March 12th at 3:00 p.m. at NextEnergy. The showing is free and open to the public.