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Lebanon Valley College Hosts Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow Barbara Gottschalk
07.10.13 |
Lebanon Valley College welcomes Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow Barbara “Bobbie” Gottschalk, executive vice president and co-founder of Seeds of Peace, for a week of presentations and workshops from Nov. 3–8. She will talk to students, faculty, and community members about her experiences pursuing world peace.

“We are very pleased that Gottschalk will be visiting Lebanon Valley College. She has devoted her life to promoting world peace and human coexistence,” said Dr. Michael Green, vice president of academic affairs and dean of the faculty. “Students will have the chance to learn how to transform their passions and beliefs into a cause. They will be inspired by Gottschalk’s journey, from serving as Seeds of Peace’s only staff member to serving on the executive board of directors for a foundation with more than 5,000 members worldwide.”

Gottschalk is an advocate for religious coexistence and the treatment of mentally and physically disabled people. In 1979, she worked with the Jewish Social Service Agency to advocate for the disabled. She created the Jewish Foundation for Group Homes, which provides housing assistance, support and services for disabled adults. She also created the first mental health clinic for deaf people.

Gottschalk and John Wallach founded Seeds of Peace in 1993 to unite young people from Israel, Palestine and other troubled regions. It works to teach and train current generations of teenagers to be future leaders who will advance the development of world peace. Many of the students involved would otherwise have no means of leadership development or secondary education.

Gottschalk served as executive director where she was responsible for program development and administration and maintaining contact with Seeds of Peace participants across the world. She also established “SeedsNet,” an online forum for teenagers who meet through Seeds of Peace to maintain communication. She actively encourages high school and colleges to provide scholarships for members of Seeds of Peace who lack educational opportunities in their home countries.

The Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellows program, which is administered by the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) in Washington, D.C., brings prominent artists, diplomats, journalists, business leaders, and other professionals to campuses across the United States for a week-long residential program of classes, seminars, workshops, lectures, and informal discussions.

Gottschalk’s public presentations will take place throughout LVC’s campus. More detailed information will be released during the fall semester.

Her presentations are part of the College's 2013-14 Revolution Colloquium Series. Revolution is a year-long integrated series of guest speakers, performances, exhibitions, films and academic courses that will consider the ideas of revolution and evolution as competing yet interdependent ways to describe the changes that surround and shape human life.

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