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Lebanon Valley College Welcomes Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow Barbara Gottschalk
10.31.13 |
 Lebanon Valley College welcomes Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow Barbara "Bobbie" Gottschalk, executive vice president and co-founder of Seed of Peace, to present as part of the College's Revolution Colloquium series. Gottschalk will be in residence November 3-8 and share her experiences pursuing world peace with students, faculty, and community members through classes, workshops, and presentations.

Gottschalk will offer a free and public lecture, "Beyond Ideas of Wrongdoing and Rightdoing," Monday, Nov. 4 at 7 p.m. in Zimmerman Recital Hall of the Suzanne H. Arnold Gallery. On Tuesday, Nov. 5, in collaboration with Rabbi Paula Reimers, Rev. Paul Fullmer, and LVC students, she will present "Voices from Israel/Palestine" at 11 a.m. in Miller Chapel.

Gottschalk has been interested in helping others her entire life. "Every day when I wake up in the morning, I am glad to be constructive - I want to do things that contribute to the betterment of lives. There is a gospel song that has a line that says something like, 'if I can help somebody, then my living will not be in vain,'" she said.

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.

In 1993, she co-founded Seeds of Peace, which unites young people from Israel, Palestine and other troubles regions, teaching and training them to be future leaders who will work toward establishing 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," Dr. Michael Green, vice president of academic affairs and dean of the faculty, said. "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."

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 presentations are a 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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