Vern Neufeld Redekop, professor of conflict studies at Saint Paul University, will present “Reconciliation and Emergent Creativity: The Roles of Love and Hope in the Process” on Thursday, March 26, at 7:30 p.m. in the Fried-Hemenway Auditorium of the Martha Miller Center for Global Communication through the A.J. Muste Memorial Lecture Series at Hope College.
The public is invited. Admission is free.
Redekop, who directs the Conflict Studies Program at Saint Paul University in Ottawa in Ontario, Canada, is an expert in conflict resolution. His books include “From Violence to Blessing: How an Understanding of Deep-Rooted Conflict Can Open Paths of Reconciliation” and, with Jean-François Rioux, “Introduction to Conflict Studies: Empirical, Theoretical, and Ethical Dimensions.” Most recently he has co-edited, with Thomas Ryba of Purdue University, two anthologies, “René Girard and Creative Mimesis” and “René Girard and Creative Reconciliation.” His publications also include numerous book chapters and articles in refereed journals.
The A.J. Muste Memorial Lecture began in 1985 on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the birth of A.J. Muste, a 1905 graduate of Hope College. Muste went on to become one of the most well-known and influential peace activists in the United States, working for many years as the executive director of the Fellowship of Reconciliation. The lecture series seeks to explore issues that would have been of interest to Muste, who died in 1967, including topics related to labor, civil rights and peace.
The Martha Miller Center for Global Communication is located at 257 Columbia Ave., on the corner of Columbia Avenue and 10th Street.