April 16, 2007

Nobel Peace Prize nominee speaks at SIUC today

by Tom Woolf

CARBONDALE, Ill. — A Nobel Peace Prize nominee will discuss "The War on Terror, Who Wins, Who Loses – Corporations, War Making and Profiteering" at 7:30 p.m. today (April 16) in Parkinson Laboratory's Brown Auditorium at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

G. Simon Harak is the director of the new Center for Peacemaking and a professor of theology at Marquette University in Milwaukee. Harak is the co-founder of Voices in the Wilderness, an organization he established with Kathy Kelley after violating United States and United Nations sanctions against Iraq when he delivered medicine and toys to children in Iraqi hospitals. His work in Iraq earned Harak nominations for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2000, 2002 and 2003.

Sponsors of Harak's visit include SIUC's history department, the United Christian Ministries-Interfaith Center and Peace Coalition of Southern Illinois.