Sol Kanee Lecture Series on Peace and Justice

Featuring the University of Manitoba
2018 Robert and Elizabeth Knight Distinguished Visitor


Jody Williams
1997 Nobel Peace Laureate
Founding Chair, Nobel Women’s Initiative

The Nobel Women’s Initiative:
Women Supporting Women in the Pursuit of Peace

The founding chair of the Nobel Women’s Initiative, Jody Williams is an outspoken peace activist who began to find her voice protesting the Vietnam War. Her work continued as chief strategist and spokesperson for the International Campaign to Ban Landmines (ICBL) that led to an international treaty banning antipersonnel landmines in September 1997. Jody will share her experiences as an activist and the important role of women’s activism in pursuit of peace with justice and equality.

2018 Sol Kanee LEcture with Nobel Peace Laureate Jody Williams

Two opportunities to meet the 2018 Robert and Elizabeth Knight Distinguished Visitor:

Q&A Session for Students and Faculty moderated by Dr. Adam Muller
Wednesday, October 24 @ 2:00 pm
Marshall McLuhan Hall
204 University Centre

2018 Sol Kanee Lecture
on Peace and Justice

Thursday, October 25 @ 1:30 pm
Canadian Museum for Human Rights

The Q&A Session and the Sol Kanee Lecture are FREE and open to all. Registration is not required. Please note that attendance at the free lecture does not include access to the CHMR exhibits and galleries.

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Sponsored by the Richardson Foundation, the Arthur V. Mauro Centre for Peace & Justice at St. Paul's College is very pleased to partner with the University of Manitoba's Robert and Elizabeth Knight Distinguished Visitors Program and to collaborate with the Canadian Museum for Human Rights and Rotary District 5550 | World Peace Partners in hosting 1997 Nobel Peace Laureate, Jody Williams.

2018 Sol Kanee Lecturer: Jody WilliamsAfter a decade of work in the 1980s trying to stop US military involvement in El Salvador and Nicaragua, Jody Williams was asked to create a civil society campaign to ban antipersonnel landmines. Beginning in early 1992 with two non-governmental organizations and a staff of one – herself, Williams oversaw the growth of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines to over 1,300 organizations in 95 countries working to eliminate the weapon.

In an unprecedented cooperative effort with governments, UN bodies and the International Committee of the Red Cross, she served as a chief strategist and spokesperson for the ICBL as it dramatically achieved its goal of an international treaty banning antipersonnel landmines during a diplomatic conference held in Oslo in September 1997. A few weeks later it was announced that Jody Williams and the International Campaign to Ban Landmines would share the 1997 Nobel Peace Prize for their groundbreaking work leading to the Mine Ban Treaty.

Since JanuaMy Name is Jody Williamsry of 2006, Williams has served as the founding chair of the Nobel Women’s Initiative. Along with sister Nobel Laureate Dr. Shirin Ebadi of Iran, she took the lead in establishing the Initiative. The Nobel Women’s Initiative uses the prestige of the Nobel Peace Prize and the influence and access of the women Nobel Laureates themselves to support and amplify the efforts of women around the world working for sustainable peace with justice and equality. Mairead Maguire (Northern Ireland), Rigoberta Menchú Tum (Guatemala), Shirin Ebadi (Iran), Leymah Gbowee (Liberia) and Tawakkol Karman (Yemen) are the other members of the Initiative.

Williams is the Sam & Cele Keeper Endowed Professor of Peace and Social Justice in the Graduate College of Social Work at the University of Houston, where she has taught since 2003.

Her memoir on life as a grassroots activist, My Name is Jody Williams: A Vermont Girl’s Winding Path to the Nobel Peace Prize was released by the University of California Press in 2013. Through her story she hopes to inspire others to understand that helping bring about positive change for everyone is not “magic” or something only “important people” can do. Change occurs when so-called ordinary people act with others to help create the world in which we want to live. The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is not defined by who we are, but by what we do for the common good.

portrait photo credit (above, left): John Murphy - Aurora Photography


PREVIOUS SOL KANEE LECTURES ON PEACE AND JUSTICE
(click on lecturer name or photo for biographies, videos, and transcripts)

2017 Sol Kanee Lecturer: Steve Killelea
October 4, 2017
2017 Sol Kanee Lecture on Peace and Justice
"Peace Through Prosperity"
Dr. Oscar Arias
September 28, 2016
2016 Sol Kanee Lecture on Peace and Justice
"Seeking the Hero of Heroes: Human Development as the Key to Peace"
2015 Sol Kanee Lecturer Fr. Gregory Boyle, SJ
October 6, 2015
2015 Sol Kanee Lecture on Peace and Justice
"Jobs not Jails: Providing Hope, Training, and support to Formerly Gang-Involved and Previously Incarcerated Men and Women"
2014 Sol Kanee Lecture - Justice Murray Sinclair
September 29, 2014
2014 Sol Kanee Lecture on Peace and Justice
"What Do We Do About the Legacy of Indian Residential Schools?"
Ms. Anuradha Koirala, 2013 Sol Kanee Lecturer
October 2, 2013
2013 Sol Kanee Lecture on Peace and Justice
Ms. Anuradha Koirala
 
"Maiti Nepal’s Initiatives Against Human Trafficking: A Model of Peace Building"
Dr. Martin Mansergh, 2012 Sol Kanee Lecturer
October 10, 2012
2012 Sol Kanee Lecture on Peace and Justice
"The Resolution of the Northern Ireland Conflict"
Dr. Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela
September 29, 2010
2010 Sol Kanee Lecture on Peace and Justice
"Narratives of Dialogue and Healing: Stories of Remorse and forgiveness in the Aftermath of Mass Trauma and Violence"
Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish
November 2, 2009
2009 Sol Kanee Lecture on Peace and Justice
"Forgiveness as a Pathway in the Journey of Peace"
Flora MacDonald
November 19, 2008
2008 Sol Kanee Lecture on Peace and Justice
"Peacebuilding, Development, Hope...The Other Afghanistan"
Chief Oren Lyons
November 8, 2007
2007 Sol Kanee Lecture on Peace and Justice
"The Politics of Human Beings: The Nature of Global Warming"
Rabbi Melchior
November 15, 2005
2005 Sol Kanee Lecture on Peace and Justice
Rabbi Michael Melchior
"The World at a Crossroads: Dialogue and Coalition-building between Religions and Cultures"
Lloyd Axworthy
September 28, 2003
2003 Sol Kanee Lecture on Peace and Justice
 
"Global Citizenship"
 
HRH Prince Hassan
October 9, 2002
Inaugural Sol Kanee Lecture on Peace and Justice
His Royal Highness Prince El Hassan bin Talal of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan
"From a Culture of Participation to a Culture of Peace"

 

 

 

Women Supporting Women in the Pursuit of Peace

The 2018 Robert and Elizabeth Knight Distinguished Visitor

Jody Williams

1997 Nobel Peace Laureate

Q&A Session for Students and Faculty moderated by Dr. Adam Muller
Wednesday, October 24 @ 2:00 pm
Marshall McLuhan Hall
204 University Centre
The Q&A Session is free and open to all. Registration is not required.

The 2018 Sol Kanee Lecture
on Peace and Justice

The Nobel Women’s Initiative: Women Supporting Women in the Pursuit of Peace
Thursday, October 25, 2018 @ 1:30 pm
Canadian Museum for Human Rights

The events are FREE and open to all. Please note that attendance at the free lecture does not include access to the CHMR exhibits and galleries.

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Mr. Soloman (Sol) Kanee (1909-2007), in whose honour the lecture series is named, was born in Melville, Saskatchewan on June 1, 1909. A barrister by profession, Mr. Kanee co-founded one of Winnipeg's largest law firms – Thompson Dorfman Sweatman LLP (originally called Shinbane Dorfman Kanee).

Throughout his lifetime, Mr. Kanee had an unparalleled record of service to Winnipeg and to Canada’s Jewish Community.

Mr. Kanee received countless awards and honours for his local, national and international service that helped to bridge gaps between peoples and generations.

Read more about Sol Kanee

Mauro Centre Sol Kanee Lecture YouTube Playlist