Nobel Peace Laureate to give public talk at M.U.

Nobel Laureate Betty WilliamsNobel Peace Laureate Betty Williams will give a public talk on the University of Missouri campus at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 13 in the Ellis Auditorium.


Williams will speak on Community-Based Solutions to Violence and her experience with mobilizing a community response to the violence in Northern Ireland during “The Troubles.”


This type of community building is what won her the Peace Prize in 1976 jointly with Máiread Corrigan-Maguire, after the creation of their grassroots movement, Peace People.


The lecture, which is free and open to the public, is co-sponsored by the University of Missouri and William Woods University.


This event will be the community’s last chance to hear from Williams before she departs to Italy to work on the creation of a City of Peace. This city will house children from refugee camps and provide homes, schools, medical facilities and a second chance at a fulfilled life.


The public talk kicks off a two-day youth conference known as a PeaceJam on the William Woods University campus in Fulton. The conference will bring together youth from across the Heartland region (Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska and parts of Iowa) to report on community service projects, attend workshops and learn from Williams.


 PeaceJam is an international education program built around leading Nobel Peace Laureates who work personally with youth to pass on the spirit, skills and wisdom they embody.


For more information, contact Scott Miniea, director of Heartland PeaceJam, at or (573) 592-1633.