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The Leffler Lecture: Resource Guide

Academic Programming

Peacemaking: An American and European Exchange of Art and Writings
Now through Tuesday, November 21
Leffler Chapel & Performance Center (Lyet Gallery)

This exhibition features work by 26 European visual artists on the subject of peacemaking.  The collaborative curators include Andreas Kerstan of Galerie Stuttgart in Germany, Milt Friedly, Professor of Art, Samantha Redles ’12, and Jesse Waters, Director of the Bowers Writers House.  What does peace mean to you?  Visit the Leffler Lecture table in the gallery to draw or to write your impressions after viewing the art.

“The Steps to Seeking Refuge” Installation
Monday, November 6, through Sunday, November 12
High Library (Main Level)

Inspired by Doctors Without Borders’ “A Refugee Camp in the Heart of the City,” an educational exhibit on tour in New York, Atlanta, Nashville, and other cities several years ago, “The Steps to Seeking Refuge” calls attention to the plight of refugees and internally displaced persons who have been forced to flee their homes to seek refuge from conflict or persecution.[1]  Created by Josie Stommel ’19 and Kristi Syrdahl, the Director of International Student Services, the interactive installation includes: statistics and guidelines from UNHCR, the United Nations’ Refugee Agency; excerpts from Footsteps, a Church World Service podcast that shares the stories of refugees who have resettled in the Lancaster area; screenings of Living in Emergency, a Doctors Without Borders documentary, and Exodus, a PBS production; an art station for creating Welcome Cards for refugees who have resettled in the central Pennsylvania region; and a “Dignity, Not Charity” donation drive.  (Requested donation items include: rice; dry beans; pasta; vegetable oil; flour; nuts; sugar; salt; tomato paste; black tea; instant coffee; cumin and spices; cash; and gift cards.)

Art Activities and Supply Drive
Monday, November 13, through Sunday, November 19
Dorms (with donation boxes in BSC, High Library, and Alpha Hall)

We’re organizing lecture-related art activities in the dorms!  Check with your RA for project details, and feel free to collaborate on your art with your friends and roommates.  We’ll provide the art supplies and then donate them to Elizabethtown Community Housing and Outreach Services (ECHOS), Church World Service of Lancaster, and the Ronald McDonald House in Hershey.  If you’d like to contribute any new or gently-used art supplies to these organizations, please place your donation in one of the marked boxes in the BSC (next to Mail Services), the High Library (at the main entrance), and Alpha Hall (outside the SVPAA’s office).

Ancestry Library Edition Workshops
Monday, November 13, and Tuesday, November 14, at 4:00 p.m. (and by faculty/staff request)
High Library (McCormick Classroom)

In support of this year’s lecture, the High Library has secured access to Ancestry Library Edition for the month of November.  Are you interested in knowing more about your family’s migrations?  Are you curious to explore your ancestry and your fit within the larger world community?  Attend a one-hour workshop for an opportunity to search census, immigration, and military records, and to learn about the many possibilities and pitfalls of genealogy research.  Please read our brief introduction to the workshop and then RSVP if you plan to attend.  If any faculty or staff would like to facilitate additional workshops for classes or meetings, contact Sarah Penniman (x1428) for the access link and suggested lesson plan.

The World Is Our Backyard Book Club
Various Dates and Discussion Leaders

In a 2008 interview at the University of Toronto, Dr. Nutt provided thoughtful responses to questions about her founding of War Child as well as the emotional toll of working in war zones.  The 40-page Q&A, later published as The World Is Our Backyard, offers candid insight into her career as a humanitarian aid expert.  Join your friends, classmates, and colleagues at one, two, or three book club sessions to discuss Dr. Nutt’s reflections.  Please RSVP if you plan to attend.  A copy of The World Is Our Backyard is available in a public folder on the College’s shared drive: U:\Public\Leffler Lecture 2017.  Students: If you’re interested in serving as discussion co-leaders, or in facilitating additional sessions, please contact Sarah Penniman (x1428).

  • Wednesday, November 15, at 2:00 p.m. (Discussion Leaders: Amy Magee, Access Services Librarian, and Peggy Stauffer, Executive Assistant to the Senior VP for Academic Affairs)
  • Thursday, November 16, at 4:00 p.m. (Discussion Leader: Dr. Tom Hagan, Associate Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry)
  • Tuesday, November 28, at 3:30 p.m. (Discussion Leader: Dr. Evan Smith, Associate Professor of Psychology)

Pre-Lecture Dinner with Former Refugees
Thursday, November 30, at 5:30 p.m.

All students, faculty, and staff are invited to a casual dinner prior to Dr. Nutt’s evening lecture.  Former refugees who have resettled in the Lancaster area will join us for the meal.  Learn from our invited guests as they share reflections and answer questions about their experiences.  Members of the Social Work Phi Alpha Honor Society will be on hand to facilitate the small-group conversations at each table.  Bring your friends, coworkers, advisees, classes, teammates, and club members to this event!  We will cover the cost of the meal for all faculty, staff, and students without meal plans.  Please RSVP if you plan to attend.

“Aiding Peace in the Face of Conflict: Ideas for Activism” by Dr. Samantha Nutt
Thursday, November 30, at 7:30 p.m.

Leffler Chapel & Performance Center

What can you do to make a difference locally, nationally, and globally?  How can you contribute to efforts that aid humanitarian relief?  How can you help to spread the values of peace, non-violence, human dignity, and social justice?  Join Dr. Nutt for a compelling lecture that includes concrete tips and practical tools for getting started.  A Q&A and a book signing of Damned Nations will follow the lecture.  For free tickets, please email or call 717-361-4757.

As the founder of War Child, a renowned international aid organization, Dr. Nutt has worked with children and their families at the frontline of many of the world’s major crises, from Iraq to Afghanistan, Somalia to the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Syria to Sudan.  A leading authority on current affairs, war, international aid, and foreign policy, she is one of the most recognized voices in the humanitarian arena.  Her career has spanned more than two decades and dozens of conflict zones, and her work has benefited hundreds of thousands of war-affected children.

Dr. Nutt holds a Master of Science in Public Health from the University of London’s School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.  She also has a Fellowship in Community Medicine from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.  She is a staff physician at Women’s College Hospital and an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Toronto.

Class Session with Dr. Nutt
Friday, December 1, at 9:30 a.m.
Hoover 110

Calling all Pre-Healthcare and Biotechnology students!  Dr. Nutt will visit Dr. Diane Bridge’s section of BIO 310 for an informal, career-oriented Q&A.  What would you like to ask a practicing physician who travels around the world to help children in crisis?  What do you hope to learn from Dr. Nutt about how biomedical research can contribute to humanitarian relief efforts?  Please RSVP if you plan to attend.  This session is open to all students with interests in healthcare and biomedical research.

Lunch Discussion with Dr. Nutt
Friday, December 1, at 11:00 a.m.
Susquehanna Room

All students, faculty, and staff are welcome to attend an informal lunch with Dr. Nutt and local experts who support the area’s refugee resettlement efforts.  (In January 2017, the BBC named Lancaster “America’s Refugee Capital” for accepting 20 times more refugees per capita than the rest of the U.S.  Between 2013 and 2016, Lancaster took in 1,300 refugees.[2])  Please RSVP if you plan to attend.


[1] Uprooted by violence and persecution, 33 million people worldwide face continued insecurity and precarious living conditions. (2006). Retrieved from


[2] Fekos, K. (2017). Lancaster city takes 20 times more refugees per capita than rest of US, BBC says. Retrieved from