Monday October 19, 2009

Celebrating Good Deeds, Native Americans, Peace

The University wraps up October with events involving a humanitarian award for law professor Dennis Greene, a celebration of Native Americans and a talk with "Will War Ever End? A Soldier's View of Peace" author Paul K. Chappell.

The National Conference for Community and Justice of Greater Dayton will honor University of Dayton law professor Dennis Greene with a Humanitarian Award at a dinner at 6:15 p.m. Monday, Oct. 26, in Sinclair Community College's Ponitz Center, building 12. The NCCJ is giving the award to Greene for his work with the Law and Leadership Institute and other community outreach efforts. Recognizing a need for minority lawyers, Greene organized a Law and Leadership Institute at the University of Dayton to give eighth-graders a taste of the legal profession and start a pipeline into it. Greene also instituted a Street Law program for Dayton Early College Academy students. In Street Law, University of Dayton School of Law students teach practical law for credit or as part of pro bono programs. The dinner costs $100. A reception starts at 5:30 p.m. For more information, visit

The University of Dayton will celebrate Native American Peoples Week with a series of free events Oct. 26-28. Session themes will include Peace vs. Warrior - Lakota (3-4 p.m. Monday, Oct. 26, Sears Recital Hall), Oscar Romero (7-9 p.m. Monday, Oct. 26, Sears Recital Hall), history of the local civil rights movement (noon to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 27, Kennedy Union Torch Lounge), "The American Indian Movement and Beyond" (7-9 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 27, Sears Recital Hall), Story of Handsome Lake - Seneca (noon to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 28, Kennedy Union Torch Lounge) and indigenous storytelling and music (7-9 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 28, SunWatch Village). For a complete schedule or more information, contact Mary Anne Angel, communication lecturer, at 937-229-2548.

Paul K. Chappell, author of Will War Ever End? A Soldier's View of Peace for the 21st Century and The End of War: New Ideas for Achieving World Peace, will speak at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 29, in the University of Dayton's Sears Recital Hall. Chappell currently is the peace leadership director for the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation. Chappell, a 2002 U.S. Military Academy graduate, served in the Army for nine years, including time in Baghdad. "I have been obsessed with the problem of war for most of my life. Raised by a father who served in two wars as a soldier and a mother who lived through two wars as a child, I became determined to solve this problem and end its continuing tragedies," Chappell said.

For more information, contact Shawn Robinson, associate director of news and communications, at 937-229-3391 or