Institute opens with free talk

NASHUA – Rivier College’s Center for Peace and Social Justice will hold its ninth annual Summer Institute next week, from July 5-9.

This year’s program, “Peacemaking and Peacebuilding in a Time of Endless War,” will feature presentations by a number of peace activists and theologians, including keynote speaker Elizabeth McAlister.

The public is invited to McAlister’s talk, which is free of charge, on Monday, July 5, at 6 p.m. in the Demoulas Room of the Education Center.

Just prior to the talk, the Center for Peace and Social Justice will award its annual Thomas Merton/Dorothy Day Award to Arnie Alpert, New Hampshire program coordinator for the American Friends Service Committee, a Quaker organization. Alpert has been active in New Hampshire for more than 30 years, devoting his efforts to economic justice and affordable housing, workers’ rights, disarmament, and other issues.

Registration for the Monday night program will take place from 5-6 p.m.

McAlister, along with her late husband Philip Berrigan, founded Jonah House, an intentional community of resistance, nonviolence, and sustainability in Baltimore. Her talk, “More Endless Than War: Peacemaking is for Life,” will draw on the experience of those who have worked in the past to build a more humane and just society.

Registrations are currently being accepted for individual sessions or the entire week of programming. The institute is offered both for credit and non-credit.

For more information on the schedule, go to, or e-mail Virginia Ryan, acting director of the Center for Peace and Social Justice, at