The 2014 Gerard A. Vanderhaar Symposium will be held at CBU’s University Theater on March 27 at 7:00 p.m. The symposium seeks to continue Vanderhaar’s legacy by bringing a noted scholar or peace activist to Memphis each year to address social and moral issues related to peace and justice and/or Catholic social teaching. This year’s symposium will feature Malik Yakini speaking on the topic of “Fostering a Just Food System.”
Malik Kenyatta Yakini is a founder and the Executive Director of the Detroit Black Community Food Security Network. He views the “good food revolution” as part of the larger movement for freedom, justice and equality. He has an intense interest in contributing to the development of an international food sovereignty movement that embraces Blacks farmers in the Americas, the Caribbean and Africa. He is currently an Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy Food and Community Fellow.
The Vanderhaar Symposium was founded in memory of Dr. Gerard A. Vanderhaar, a professor of religion and peace studies at Christian Brothers University for more than 28 years. Vanderhaar spent his lifetime promoting peace through active nonviolence, writing six books, as well as speaking the message worldwide.
Also, as part of the symposium, a mid-south area college student will be honored with the Gerard A. Vanderhaar Student Peace Award. This award is presented to a student who best exemplifies the spirit and practice of active nonviolence, consistent with Dr. Vanderhaar’s life and work.
This year’s Gerard A. Vanderhaar Symposium, the ninth in the symposium’s history, is co-presented by GrowMemphis.
For more information, visit www.gvanderhaar.org.