Whitworth Communications

For Immediate Release

March 23, 2006

Great Decisions to Feature April 6 Lecture on Terrorism and Human Rights
by Co-Director of Christian Peacemaker Teams

The Rev. Carol Rose, co-director of Christian Peacemaker Teams, will present an April 6 lecture at Whitworth on human rights and terrorism. CPT has made international headlines in recent months when four of its volunteers were taken hostage in Iraq. Three of the volunteers were freed today by U.S. and British forces, ending a four-month ordeal during which a fourth captive, American Tom Fox, was found executed in early March.

Rose, a 1981 Whitworth alumna, will present a lecture, "Getting in the Way: Nonviolent Action in the Face of War and Terror," on Thursday, April 6, at 7:30 p.m. in the Robinson Teaching Theatre in Weyerhaeuser Hall at Whitworth College.

Rose's presentation is the fourth lecture of Whitworth's 49th annual Great Decisions Lecture Series. The series features five speakers who focus on current political, cultural and economic subjects of interest to the international community. The public is invited to attend the lectures free of charge. A background book that covers the lecture series, Great Decisions 2006, is available for purchase at the Whitworth bookstore. For more information, please call (509) 777-3270.

Founded in 1984 by Mennonites, Brethren and Quakers, CPT places violence-reduction teams in crisis situations and militarized areas around the world at the invitation of local peace and human-rights workers. According to its website (www.cpt.org), CPT embraces the vision of unarmed intervention waged by committed peacemakers ready to risk injury and death in bold attempts to transform lethal conflict through the nonviolent power of God's truth and love.

Rose served on CPT's Colombia project and has worked for more than a decade on projects in Latin America, Asia and North America. Since 1993 CPT has placed violence-reduction teams in the Middle East, Haiti, Latin America, Europe and North America. CPT currently maintains projects in Hebron, Colombia, Iraq, Canada and the United States.

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private, liberal arts college affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA). The college enrolls 2,400 students in more than 50 undergraduate and graduate programs.


Barbara Brodrick, academic program assistant, politics & history department, Whitworth College, (509) 777-3270 or bbrodrick@whitworth.edu.

Julie Riddle, public information officer, Whitworth College, (509) 777-3729 or jriddle@whitworth.edu.

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