2010 Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow, Nov 1 - 5
Bobbie Gottschalk of Seeds of Peace

The success of Seeds of Peace will mean a brighter future for the region and the world.

Former President Bill Clinton


The Gaede Institute for the Liberal Arts, in partnership with the Westmont Campus Life Office and Provost's Office, is proud to host Westmont's first Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow, Bobbie Gottschalk of Seeds of Peace, for an intensive week-long visit November 1 - 5.

Seeds of Peace is dedicated to empowering young leaders from regions of conflict with the leadership skills required to advance reconciliation and coexistence. The program began in 1993 with Israeli, Palestinian and Egyptian youth, and has grown to include young people from South Asia, Cyprus and the Balkans.

US Special Envoy to the Middle East George Mitchell says of Seeds of Peace, "Seeds of Peace is as important as anything done by statesmen, politicians, and people like myself, because these Seeds create hope." For more on Seeds of Peace visit www.seedsofpeace.org/about.

Gottschalk will conduct classes and lectures, and will meet with students, faculty members and alumni informally throughout the week to share her practical knowledge of fostering reconciliation between communities in conflict. Three special events promise to be especially valuable:

  • Monday, Nov 1 at 3:30 p.m. in Hieronymus Lounge in Kerrwood Hall, Gottschalk will discuss the steps from a liberal arts education to international peace and reconciliation work.
  • Tuesday, Nov 2 at noon in Founders Room in Kerr Student Center, Gottschalk will speak to students at Leadership Live. Bring your own lunch and join the discussion.
  • Wednesday, Nov 3 at 7 p.m. in Page Hall auditorium, Gottschalk will screen and discuss Seeds, a one-hour documentary chronicling the joys and tensions of young people from areas of conflict learning to trust each other at the Seeds of Peace summer camp program. (For those coming from off campus, directions to Westmont are here. A downloadable campus map is here. Page Hall is in the upper left of the map.)

Trained as a social worker, Gottschalk helped create Seeds of Peace in 1993 and served as its only staff member for its first two years. She served as executive vice president for 14 years and now serves on its board of directors. Throughout the week she will speak to a number of important topics, from conflict resolution, to the Israeli/Palestinian conflict, to social work, to starting and building an NGO. (See Gottschalk's bio here.)

The Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellows program, administered by the Council of Independent Colleges, brings prominent artists, diplomats, journalists, business leaders, and other nonacademic professionals to campuses across the United States for week-long residencies of teaching and dialogue with students and faculty members. For more, visit: www.cic.edu/projects_services/visitingfellows.asp.