Nobel winner to speak at Bernhard Center (US)

KALAMAZOO -- Anti-landmine activist and 1997 Nobel Peace Prize winner Jody Williams will speak on Friday in Kalamazoo as part of the seventh annual PeaceJam Youth Conference.


Special to the Gazette

Williams was awarded the prize for her work with the International Campaign to Ban Landmines. During the five years Williams coordinated the campaign, 90 countries were brought to sign the treaty.

More than 150 countries have signed a treaty to ban land mines so far, with the United States, Russia, and China being notable exceptions.

Great Lakes PeaceJam Director Jennifer Stroven said that Williams is compelling among prizewinners because she is American and had no personal experience with land mines before she got involved in the campaign.

``Her talk will be especially interesting to anyone who is wondering what to do with their lives,'' Stroven said. ``She is a defender of the rights of others.''

Williams will speak at the Bernhard Center on Western Michigan University's campus. Tickets are $10 or $5 for children. For more information, call (269) 492-7750.

Von: 24.03.2009, BY AARON DOME,

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