Peace Laureate And Childens Advocate Betty Wiliams To Speak
At U.Va. Oct. 28
Oct. 22, 1999 -- [Reporters:
Betty Williams will be available for interviews from 2-3 p.m. Oct.
28. She will conduct a small private seminar with students, faculty,
and community members at 4 p.m. at the Virginia Foundation for the
Humanities. Greg Smith, a 10-year-old freshman at Randolph-Macon
College in Ashland, who is an activist for non-violence, will attend
the workshop and meet with Williams. Contact Amy Campbell if you
would like to attend the press session or workshop.]
Williams, whose grassroots crusade for peace in Northern Ireland
won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1977, will speak at the University
of Virginia at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 28, in McLeod Hall Auditorium.
A reception will follow her talk, which is titled "Creating Safe
Havens for the World's Children" and sponsored by U.Va.s Womens
currently heads the World Centers of Compassion for Children (WCCC),
a U.S.-based nonprofit organization she founded that creates safe
and nurturing environments for children in areas devastated by war,
conflict, and poverty.
compelling speaker who shows what ordinary people can do to make
a difference in the world, she electrified a U.Va. audience last
fall when she spoke about human rights at the Nobel Laureates Peace
is the cofounder of Community of Peace People, a group of Catholics
and Protestants who marched and protested against violence in Northern
Ireland in the 1970's and helped launch the peace movement in that
through a partnership between the WCCC and Peace Jam, an educational
outreach and youth empowerment program, Williams also encourages
teenagers to act immediately and decisively for the common good.
The partnership gives youth the opportunity to work shoulder-to-shoulder
with Nobel peace laureates like Williams, Archbishop Desmond Tutu,
and the Dalai Lama in community service projects. Young participants
learn principles of non-violence and the
tenets of peacemaking and are inspired to view themselves as a new
generation of peacemakers.
will lead a private workshop for students, faculty and community
members interested in peace issues.
Amy Campbell, (804) 982-2259