The College of William & Mary will host a community discussion and screening of the new PBS series, Women, War & Peace, Oct. 17 at 6:30 p.m. in the Sadler Center, Commonwealth Auditorium. The event is being presented in partnership with WHRO, Hampton Roads’ public media affiliate, the WHRO Center for Regional Citizenship, Old Dominion University Women’s Studies Department, and Commonwealth Catholic Charities Refugee and Immigrant Services.
Following a preview of the new five-part PBS series, WHRO’s Barbara Hamm Lee, executive producer and host of Another View, will moderate panel discussion and audience participation. The community discussions will explore the changing roles of women in war and peace. Learn how our community is responding to these issues both locally and abroad. The event is free and open to the public.
The panelists include Dr. Jennifer Fish, chair of the Women’s Studies Department at ODU; Karen Kurilko, regional director of the Hampton Roads office of Commonwealth Catholic Charities Refugee and Immigrant Services; and Christie Warren, director of the William & Mary Law School Program in Comparative Legal Studies and Post-Conflict Peacebuilding. The Program in Comparative Legal Studies and Post-Conflict Peacebuilding bridges the gap between resources available at law schools and the great need for them in the field, where people engaged in the difficult work of peacekeeping and post-conflict reconstruction often labor without regular electricity, internet or other basic services. Students take international and comparative law courses, intern in legal systems that are still developing, and send their research to countries where people struggle to recover from poverty, colonization and conflict.
Women, War & Peace, looks beyond familiar images of uniformed male soldiers and ammunition and tells the stories of women who are emerging as witnesses, courageous survivors, peace activists, political negotiators, community organizers and heads of state. In five episodes, viewers will go to Bosnia, Liberia, Afghanistan and Colombia to experience for the first time on television the unprecedented stories of women in conflict hotspots all over the world. The series premiered October 11 and airs in the Hampton Roads area on channel 15 at 10 p.m. The journey of Leymah Gbowee, one of the co-recipients of the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize, is captured in Episode 3, Pray the Devil Back to Hell. New episodes air Tuesday nights thru Nov. 8.
Old Dominion University will host a second discussion and viewing Oct. 24 at 6:30 p.m. in the Batten Arts & Letters Building on the ODU campus.
More information and directions go to the WHRO web site.