Annual Muste Lecture to Address
"How to Be a Peacemaker"
Posted October 9, 2002
HOLLAND -- The annual A.J. Muste Lecture at Hope
College will be delivered on Tuesday, Oct. 15, at 7 p.m. in
Cook Auditorium of the De Pree Art Center by a long-time
journalist and activist for peace.
Colman McCarthy will present "How to Be a
Peacemaker: Nonviolence in a Time of War."
The public is invited. Admission is free.
A teach-in titled "Lifting the Veil: Why War Is NOT the Solution" will precede the address in Winants Auditorium of Graves Hall. The teach-in, which will run from 4-6 p.m., will feature presentations by members of the Hope faculty and staff who are addressing issues of justice and peace in their scholarly work, teaching or in the course of their work, and will include an opportunity for questions and discussion. The public is invited to the teach-in, admission to which is also free.
Affiliated since 1968 with "The Washington Post,"
McCarthy is founder and director of The Center for Teaching
Peace, a Washington-based nonprofit group devoted to
fostering and developing programs in peace studies and
conflict resolution. He is an adjunct professor at
Georgetown University Law Center and the University of
Maryland, where he offers a course titled "Solutions to
Violence." He also teaches a daily class at Bethesda-Chevy
Chase High School.
McCarthy lectures at more than 20 colleges and
universities a year, as well as at conferences for
educators, social workers, policy centers and corporations.
He has appeared on C-SPAN, "Crossfire," the "Today Show,"
"Donahue" and other media programs. He has been described
as "a remarkably gifted and stimulating teacher" and "a man
of profound spiritual awareness."
The A.J. Muste Lecture began in 1985 to
commemorate the 100th birthday of Muste (1885-1967), a 1905
graduate of Hope College who became a world-famous advocate
for peace and justice.
Muste became a pacifist at the outbreak of World
War I and then began working with the fledgling American
Civil Liberties Union. During the 1920s he chaired the
religious pacifist organization the Fellowship of
Reconciliation, and in 1929 he helped form the Conference
for Progressive Labor Action, an organization crucial to the
formation of the American Workers Party in the 1930s. In
1940 he became executive secretary of the Fellowship for
Reconciliation, a post he held until 1953, and was
instrumental in the formation of the Congress on Racial
Equality. During the Cold War, Muste led the Committee for
Nonviolent Action. He demonstrated tirelessly against the
war in Vietnam, meeting in 1966 with Ho Chi Minh.
The first A.J. Muste lecturer at Hope College was
Jane Ooimans Robinson, his biographer. Other lectures have
been given by theologians, peace activists, labor organizers
and prison reformers. About half of the speakers have been
According to Dr. Donald Cronkite, professor of
biology and chair of the A.J. Muste Lecture committee,
lecturers judged to "display the spirit of A.J. Muste"
choose their own topics.
The event is sponsored by the Muste Lecture Fund,
and the offices of the president, provost, and dean for the
arts and humanities at Hope. Additional funding has come
from the college's departments of communication, education,
English, history and religion.