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Louisa Thomas to discuss nonviolent conflict resolution at UNI

October 28, 2011

Michael Blackwell, director, Center for Multicultural Education, 319-273-2250,

Stacey Christensen, Office of University Relations, 319-273-6728,


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Center for Multicultural Education (CME) will host speaker Louisa Thomas at 7 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 10, at the CME on the UNI campus.

Thomas will present "Peaceful Resolution of International Conflict," which will focus on nonviolent conflict resolution. A panel discussion will follow to discuss the peaceful resolution of international conflict which will include Thomas; Jerome Soneson, department head and associate professor of philosophy and world religions; Michael Blackwell, director of the CME; Thomas Kessler, collection management coordinator and associate professor in the Rod Library; and Susan Janzen, pastor at the Cedar Falls Mennonite Church.

Thomas's writing has appeared in the New York Times Book Review, Newsweek, Vogue, the Paris Review Daily, the Washington Post and Slate, among other places. She was formerly on the editorial staff of the New Yorker and a contributing editor at Newsweek. She grew up in Washington D.C., graduated from Harvard University, lives in New York and has authored "Conscience: Two Soldiers, Two Pacifists, One Family--A Test of Will and Faith in World War I."

Thomas will speak in conjunction with UNI's "Reaching for Higher Ground" series. For more information on the series, visit or contact Blackwell at 319-273-2250 or