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UVU Library’s George Sutherland Archives To Debut Oral History Of Utah Peace Activists Project

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March 13, 2012

For Immediate Release

University Marketing & Communications: Mike Rigert (801) 863-6807

Written by: Kathryn French, (801) 863-8892

The George Sutherland Archives at the Utah Valley University Library will unveil its Oral History of Utah Peace Activists project during a March 21 grand opening at noon beginning with a reception and opening remarks in the UVU Library’s Timpanogos Room, room 421.

Over the last six years Kathy French, a professor in UVU’s Behavioral Sciences Department, and her students have interviewed 155 Utahns who have actively worked for peace and justice in their state and around the world. One hundred twenty-five interviews have been transcribed and are available in UVU’s Sutherland Archives and the Utah History Archives. Most transcripts and audio are also available at www.uvu.edu/library/archives/peace.html. The opening of the project coincides with the J. Bonner Ritchie Dialogue on Peace & Justice Studies, “How to Have Hope: Remedies for Calamities Across the Global Landscape” March 20-22 at UVU.

• At 1 p.m. in the Library auditorium, room 120, the Utah defendants and attorneys who triumphed in the Hercules trial (1989), including Ron Yengich, Russell Minas, Bruce Plenk, Diana Lee Hirschi and Marv Hamilton, will participate in a panel discussion moderated by Barb Guy. The civil disobedience trial resulted in a rare innocent verdict using the Nuremberg defense.

• At 2 p.m., renowned Utah poets and activists Tim Mason and Alex Caldiero will come together for the first time, presenting their own works.

• At 3 p.m., University of Utah professor emeritus Ed Firmage, Steve Erickson, Maggie Laun and Stan Holmes, leaders of the successful anti-MX missile campaign (1979-1981), will share their experiences during a discussion moderated by Elaine Englehardt, UVU distinguished professor of ethics and special assistant to the president. The collaboration of scientists, the LDS Church, and dozens of citizen activists stopped the planting of nuclear warheads in western Utah and eastern Nevada.

• Finally, at 4 p.m., Alexis Kelner will give tours of his photography exhibit “A Tribute to Utah Activists” in the George Sutherland Archives at the UVU Library, room 302. Kelner, best known for his black and white photos of the Wasatch Mountains and for his environmental activism, has documented dozens of demonstrations in Utah for over 30 years. His photographs will be exhibited through April 1.

The Oral History of Utah Peace Activists is made possible by generous support from the Utah State History and Utah Humanities Council, the Utah Valley University Office of the President, the UVU College of Humanities & Social Sciences, Grants for Engaged Learning and the Utah Valley University Library.

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