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Posted on Jan 31, 2014 in Conference on Peace, Events

ACU Peace Conference: Lisa Shannon – March 3rd

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Monday, March 3, 2014
9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Hunter Welcome Center (Map)
Abilene Christian University
Abilene, Texas

ACU Peace Conference Highlights

  • Hear about Lisa Shannon’s personal transformation from lapsed idealist to leader of a mass movement to help Congolese women.
  • Support women in the Congo by participating in our PeaceWalk around ACU’s Lunsford Trail.
  • Meet others who share a passion for peacemaking.
  • Excellent fellowship opportunity for conflict
  • resolution graduate students and alumni.
  • Get a free t-shirt!

About PeaceWalk for Congo Women

We can’t help but be inspired by Lisa Shannon’s mission to help women in the Congo. PeaceWalk is an effort to support Lisa’s work and create awareness about how the war in the Congo affects the lives women. All proceeds from PeaceWalk go to support Run for Congo Women. PeaceWalk will begin at Hunter Welcome Center at 4:00p.m and take place on ACU’s Lunsford Trail.


$95 – Conference and PeaceWalk

Includes and all-day pass to the the ACU Peace Conference and $25 towards PeaceWalk for Congo Women.

  • ACU Students get $50 off with code STUDENT14
  • ACU Alumni get $25 off with ALUMNI14

$25 – PeaceWalk (only)

If you aren’t able to attend the ACU Peace Conference, but still want to participate in the PeaceWalk for Congo Women (and get a free t-shirt), this ticket is for you.

Conference Schedule

  • 9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Registration (Hunter Welcome Center)
  • 9:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.  Welcome from Dean & Duncum Center (Hunter Welcome Center)
  • 9:45 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. A Thousand Sisters Reflections (Hunter Welcome Center)
  • 10:45 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Break
  • 11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Chapel – Lisa Shannon (Moody Coliseum)
  • 11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Lunch & Conference Session (Hunter Welcome Center)
  • 1:00 p.m. – 1:15 pm Break
  • 1:15 pm-2:45 pm Conference Session (Hunter Welcome Center)
  • 2:45 pm-3:00 pm Break
  • 3:00 pm-3:45 pm Chapel Forum—Lisa Shannon (Hunter Welcome Center)
  • 3:45 pm-4:00 pm Break
  • 4:00 pm-4:45 pm PeaceWalk (Lunsford Trail – Begin at Hunter Welcome Center)

ShannonLisa_printAbout Lisa Shannon

“It’s never too late to change the world—or yourself.” – Lisa Shannon

Lisa Shannon had what many would consider a good life—a successful company, a fiance, security. But one day, while watching Oprah, she was awakened to the atrocities in the Congo: women gang-raped  and demoralized, millions dead from the worst war since World War II. She decided, at that moment, to become an activist and a sister. As the first grassroots activist in the U.S. working to raise awareness of the humanitarian crisis in the Congo, often called “the worst place on earth to be a woman,” she began with a lone 30-mile run. From there she founded Run for Congo Women and penned the striking book, A Thousand Sisters: My Journey into the Worst Place on Earth to Be a Woman.

In her early 30’s, Lisa Shannon rekindled her lapsed idealism. At Run for Congo Women, Shannon has sponsored more than a thousand Congolese women through Women for Women International, where she is an ambassador. (The money goes to help them obtain an education.) In 2007 and 2008 and 2010, Shannon visited with women in the Eastern Congo. Rather fittingly, her appearance on an episode of Oprah dedicated to the greatest moral imperative of our time: the empowerment of women worldwide. With Nicolas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, she was ranked as one of Oprah’s most inspiring moments of 2009, and was named one of Oprah’s 100 Most Influential Women in 2010. Shannon has been profiled in The New York Times, on NPR, CNN, ABC,Time, and many others. Her incredible story will be featured in Daniel Karslake’s upcoming documentary Every Three Seconds, slated for premiere at the 2012 Sundance Festival. Lisa Shannon’s new project, Sister Somalia, was profiled on the front page of The New York Times recently.

Conference Sponsors

A very special thank you to all of our co-sponsors.

  • Duncum Center for Conflict Resolution
  • ACU Chapter of Mediators Beyond Borders
  • Adams Center for Teaching and Learning
  • College of Arts & Sciences
  • Department of Political Science
  • Pope Fellows
  • ACU Justice Week

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