Join the College of Arts and Humanities as we explore and celebrate peace through curricular and artistic activities. In addition to the events below, twelve of our courses will have a "peace" theme this semester.

PeaceWorks represents a collective effort in the College of Arts and Humanities to teach and program across disciplines. We seek to encourage UW-Parkside students to take advantage of the many cultural opportunities offered by the Rita Tallent Picken Regional Center for the Arts and Humanities, affectionately known as the Rita, each week. To foster cross pollination amongst disciplines, we chose a theme, PeaceWorks, to encourage collaboration. Twelve instructors from Communication to Art History to English to Composition will teach on the topic of peace, broadly defined. At the same time, we have planned some ten events that also deal in one way or another with peace or its absence—war. Due to this advanced planning, professors in CAH may integrate these Rita activities into their classes. The PeaceWorks events also are open to the public.

Why the theme of peace, now? Because the violence caused by the enmity that has shaken our world in the last few years, months, and weeks crushes the soul. The images horrify. Words fail. The carnage wrought in Nice last summer wasn’t exceptional for those fleeing and enduring the devastation of the war in Syria or South Sudan. It is against that background that we chose the theme-year—PeaceWorks—for the college last spring. “It isn’t enough to talk about peace. One must believe in it. And it isn’t enough to believe in it, one must work at it,” said Eleanor Roosevelt in 1951. Let our work begin, today. 

Music: Performance

by UW-Parkside Ensemble and UW-Parkside Community Band "Resistance Precedes Peace"
In Memoriam: Karel Husa
Mar 2 | 7:30 pm | Bedford Hall

Music: Instrumental Performance

Parkside's Wind Ensemble and Community Band
Mar 2 | 7:30 pm | Bedford Hall


Haisan William, a gifted storyteller and performer, will tell the tale of how his prison sentence served as a gateway to his new life as a Shakespearean actor.
Mar 3 | 3 pm | Main Stage Theatre


Writer and journalist, Maudlyne Ihejirika, on her recent memoir, "Escape from Nigeria: A Memoir of Faith, Love, and War".
Mar 13 | 11 am | Rita 131

Foreign Film Series: Dheepan

Mar 16-19  |  Student Center Cinema

Foreign Film Series: Sweet Red Bean Paste

Mar 30 - Apr 2 | Student Center Cinema

Tibetan Singing Bowl

Nada Yogi, Akhilanka, from Mysore, India will lead a Tibetan Singing Bowl session for students, staff, faculty, and community.
Free and open to the public. This relaxing experience last 90 minutes, the first hour includes hearing the sounds of Tibetan bowls, followed by a Q & A with the Yogi.

Apr 13 | Rita D116, Studio B
4:30-6:30 pm

Peace Paper Project

Peace Paper Project is a community arts initiative that uses papermaking and printmaking as a form of social activism and engagement. Project co-founder Drew Mattot will be on campus the week of April 24 for an art project designed to generate dialogue about sexual and domestic violence and stand in solidarity with survivors.
The "Panty Pulping Project" uses underwear as material for creating handmade paper, drawing upon our unmentionables as a means of addressing the unmentionable.

Apr 24  |  4 pm  |  Rita 131
Presentation on the Peace Paper Project's various art and social justice projects.

Apr 26  |  10-2 pm  |  Student Center Plaza
Undergarments will be used to create a pulp for producing handmade paper. Sign the pledge of non-violence, join in on the paper making process, and choose from a selection of stencils for creating your own printed imagery.

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