PIQUA — Many students at Edison State Community College have never been alive during a time when the U.S. was not at war; U.S. involvement in the war in Afghanistan began in 1999 and continues today.
To have the opportunity to consider the issue of peace, the college is continuing a five-year tradition of Peace Week, scheduled for Oct. 22-29, at the Piqua Campus. This event is held in connection with the International Dayton Literary Peace Prize celebration, which annually awards prizes “recognizing the power of the written word to promote peace.”
In 2014, Edison State featured the non-fiction winner Karima Bennoune, attorney, author and college professor, for “Your Fatwa Does Not Apply Here: Untold Stories from the Fight against Muslim Fundamentalism” to a standing-room only crowd at the Robinson Theater. This year, the college will host the author who was runner-up for the 2014 fiction competition, Margaret Wrinkle, for “Wash,” her account of slave breeding in Tennessee in the 19th century.
Edison State faculty member Dr. Vivian Blevins says, “It is an appropriate time to invite Wrinkle to our college and the communities we serve so that we may examine a feature of our past which seems to reverberate in some attitudes in the present. If as a reading and responding audience, we can leap over the fact that the novelist/presenter is a white woman, we will be able to examine the interactions, the pain, and the problems of the three main characters: a slave owner, a male slave used for breeding purpose, and his lover who at one time was a sex slave.”
Wrinkle will read excerpts from “Wash” and have a discussion with the audience on Monday, Oct. 29, at 10:30 a.m. at the Robinson Theater. Admission is free and the community is invited to attend.
For several weeks, students have been exploring the concept of peace in personal essays as they relate obstacles they have faced — domestic violence, being diagnosed as dyslexic, and surviving combat — and the ways in which they have or have not come to peace with them. The winner and runners-up for these essays will be announced on Friday, Oct. 26.
On Wednesday, Oct. 24, at 10:30 in the college library, readers will present excerpts from the fiction and non-fiction work of the 2018 competition. The library also has a display of the works of these writers.
At 1:30 p.m. on that same day in Room 456, participants will view and discuss two short films: “Human Flow” and “What if You Were an Immigrant?”
Throughout the week, students, employees, and community members are invited to visit the Peace Wall at the Art Gallery Tech. Lounge and inscribe their words regarding peace as well as take selfies at that site.
For further information about the events, contact Peace Week coordinator Professor William Loudermilk at firstname.lastname@example.org.