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You're invited to Hostelling International Chicago's 2014 Peace Conference!
This conference, hosted by Hostelling International Chicago, promotes peace through innovative thinking, pushing traditional boundaries, and active participation in our communities. Conference registrants will have the opportunity to attend workshops and roundtable discussions with diverse local experts and community leaders as well as attend a mini peace film festival featuring several short independent films.
$5 donation includes lunch! Registration begins at 8:00 a.m., first session begins at 9:00 a.m.
8:00-9:00 a.m. registration
9:00-9:10 a.m. Welcome to conference
9:10-10:00 a.m. Session I: Green Chicago
10:10-11:00 a.m. Session II: Homelessness
11:10-12:00 p.m. Session III: Queer performance and Transforming Public Consciousness
12:00-1:00 p.m. Lunch at the hostel
1:00-2:30 p.m. Session IV: Hip hop and Community
2:40-3:30 p.m. Session V: Innovative Community Building
3:45-6:15 p.m. Mini Film Festival
Participating speakers and organizations include, but are not limited to:
Chipo Nyambuya, British Consulate-General Chicago
Kara Rhodebeck, Greenheart Shop
Elsa Jacobson, FWD Uptown
Terri Rivera, Back on My Feet
Po'Chop, independent performance artist
Joseph Varisco, JRV Majesty Productions
Ted Weissberg, Row Cypher, Inc.
Phenom (in association with Row Cypher, Inc.)
Robin Danielle Bobo (in association with Row Cypher, Inc.)
Chicago Read/Write Library
Prisoners Revolutionary Literature Fund
The mini film festival is presented in association with the Peace on Earth Film Festival. Schedule:
Peaceable Kingdom: The Journey Home (USA/2009 -- 78 min) - Documentary. Director: Jenny Stein. Peaceable Kingdom: The Journey Home explores the powerful struggle of conscience experienced by several people from traditional farming backgrounds who come to question the basic assumptions of their way of life. A riveting story of transformation and healing, the documentary portrays the farmers' sometimes amazing connections with the animals under their care, while also providing insight into the complex web of social, psychological and economic forces that have led to their inner conflict. Interwoven with the farmers' stories is the dramatic animal rescue work of a newly-trained humane police officer whose sense of justice puts her at odds with the law she is charged to uphold. With strikingly honest interviews and rare footage demonstrating the emotional lives and intense family bonds of animals most often viewed as living commodities, this groundbreaking documentary shatters stereotypical notions of farmers, farm life, and perhaps most surprisingly, farm animals themselves.
Kindness Thought Bubble (USA/2011 -- 4 min) - Short Narrative. Director: Amy Krouse Rosenthal. Theme: Amy and the Smart Bubble Society team up to create Kindness Thought Bubble, an animated film that explores the role and power of kindness. A fun and heartening little animated video essay on humanity, kindness, and how we wish to be remembered.
Admissions (USA/2011 -- 21 min) - Short drama. Director: Harry Kakatsakis. Theme: Admissions is a short film starring Academy Award nominee James Cromwell that tells a transformational tale about what it takes to find lasting peace, even in war-torn places like the Middle East. Featuring an Israeli couple and a Palestinian man, this modern parable is set in the Admissions Room for the afterlife. Its purpose is to start a conversation that heals.
No Greater Pain (USA/2011 -- 34 min) - Short Doc. Directors: Desiree Holm, Matthew Marencik, Kristofor Husted & Matthew O’Connor. Theme: Mother's in Charge is a Philadelphia organization that assists women who have lost children due to violence and raises awareness to violence and justice issues. Dorothy Johnson-Speight started the organization in 2004 after the death of her son. Since then, she has been the voice of countless mothers who have lost their loved ones, and has worked endlessly to achieve justice.
Colors (Italy/2009 -- 4 min) - Short comedy. Director: Gianni Del Corral. Theme: David, 3 years old, seen arriving for the first time in school. Joel, a child with skin color chocolate and...
Space is limited, so get your tickets now! Don't miss this chance to interact with community leaders and your peers while advocating for peaceful change in Chicago and the world! For more information or any questions about the conference, contact HI-Chicago Community Liaison Sharday El-Assar at firstname.lastname@example.org or 312-583-2227.
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What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?
There is no parking lot for Hostelling International Chicago. We recommend you take CTA. The hostel is serviced by many buses and "el" lines.
What can/can't I bring to the event?
We will be providing breakfast and lunch for you! Please, no drugs or alcohol.
Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?
Contact Hostelling International Chicago Community Liaison Sharday El-Assar at email@example.com or 312-583-2227.
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Hostelling International Chicago
Hostelling International USA (HI USA) is a nonprofit, member organization founded on an enduring belief in the power of travel to foster a deeper understanding of people, places, and the world around. HI USA promotes a dynamic community of global citizens who have the wisdom and humanity to actively make the world a better place. As the nation’s leading hostel brand, HI USA hosts more than 1 million overnights annually, with guests from more than 100 countries. For over 80 years, HI USA has provided a network of affordable hostels in converted mansions, reinvented lighthouses, and historic urban buildings all across the country.
Our more than 50 hostels nationwide facilitate interaction among people from diverse backgrounds, from across the country and around the world. As our community of travelers gets to know each another, they are discovering their similarities and their differences, expanding their world views as they build friendships.
In addition to getting to know their fellow travelers, we also strive for guests to connect with the local community and to inspire the local community to experience the transformative power of travel. This symbiotic relationship is especially important for breaking down stereotypes. By thinking beyond typical guidebook recommendations, our hostellers are able to see the place they’re visiting through the eyes of locals. It becomes more about gaining a deeper insight of what life is like in the area, as opposed to checking off a list of typical tourist attractions.
HI USA is part of Hostelling International (HI), a collection of more than 4,000 hostels worldwide, whose roots stretch back to the beginning of the hostelling movement more than 100 years ago. The HI brand is a seal of approval recognized around the world.