On the heels of hosting a scholarly international conference on peace and social justice last week, the Peace Resource Center at Wilmington College is lightening up its programming as it celebrates the 40th anniversary of its founding Monday, Sept. 21.
In 2005, the mayor of Wilmington proclaimed that Sept. 21 each year would be known as Peace Resource Center Day in the city. The date coincides with the annual International Day of Peace.
The day’s itinerary ranges from sewing sock monkeys for peace and creating Peace-Bots to presenting books to local libraries and tasting sushi.
The Peace Resource Center, located at the corner of Main and College streets, will be open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. for persons wishing to tour the facility, as well as those interested in sewing sock moneys for peace. Rebecca Kuder, the author and artist behind Sanity Creek Sock Monkeys, will be on hand to guide participants.
Also, persons are invited to write about peace from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., after which their messages of peace will be stuffed inside the monkeys, which will be donated to Wilmington Public Library and WC’s Watson Library, as well as Hope House, a local facility for survivors of domestic violence.
In the late afternoon, from 4:30 to 6 p.m., the PRC will host a Wilmington-Clinton County Chamber of Commerce “after hours” event at which guests can taste sushi in recognition of the center’s close ties to Japan. The Japanese food comes from Tensuke Market in Columbus.
Wilmington Public Library will be the site for creating Peace-Bots from 6:30 to 8 p.m. These are tiny robots “programmed” for peace. Persons are invited to photograph their Peace-Bots at locations in Wilmington they find to be especially peaceful and upload the photo on Twitter with the hashtag #botpeace. They are, in turn, encouraged to “release” their Peace-Bots for others to find and share their interest in peace.
In addition, the PRC will present both Watson Library and Wilmington Public Library with five books relating to peace or social justice they would like to include in their collections. Also, the public library is featuring an exhibit of Kuder’s Sanity Creek Sock Monkeys through Oct. 1.
The Peace Resource Center is devoted to creating awareness about the effects of nuclear weapons on civilians and the need for global peace through the compelling messages of the hibakusha, the Japanese survivors of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki during World War II.
The PRC offers a unique archive of historical materials related to the Japanese experience of the atomic bombings and global pacifism, but also through its more general conflict resolution programming on campus and in the community.