A Liberian peace activist who helped bring an end to the second Liberian civil war in 2003 will present a public address at 7 p.m. Friday, April 13, in the South Ballroom of Western Michigan University’s Bernhard Center.
Nobel Peace Laureate Leymah Gbowee will give a talk titled “It’s Time for Women to Stop Being Politely Angry.” Organized as a fundraiser, the event is open to the public with a suggested donation of $15 and will be preceded by a Nobel Reception.
Gbowee will be in Kalamazoo to lead the annual Great Lakes PeaceJam youth conference, which is being held Saturday and Sunday, April 14-15, at WMU. More than 300 elementary, high school and college-age youths from Michigan, Illinois, Indiana and Ohio will join her for the two-day gathering.
WMU President Edward Montgomery will be attending the Nobel Reception and giving the welcome prior to Gbowee’s talk. WMU Interim Provost Susan R. Stapleton will give the welcome for the short program that will take place at 6 p.m. during the reception.