AU to host Mark Charles in Peace and Conflict Transformation Lecture Series

Anderson, Ind. — At 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 30, the Peace and Conflict Transformation (PACT) program will host Mark Charles as a part of the PACT lecture series in Reardon Auditorium. This series is an opportunity to hear from those who have devoted their lives to educating others on matters of forgiveness and reconciliation, as well as those who educate us on injustice and oppression throughout the world. To learn more, visit anderson.edu/pact.

Mark Charles is a speaker, writer, and consultant who recently moved to Washington DC from the Navajo Reservation. The son of an American woman of Dutch heritage and a Navajo man, Charles seeks to understand the complexities of American history regarding race, culture, and faith in order to help forge a path of healing and reconciliation for the nation. He partners with numerous organizations to assist them in respectfully approaching, including, and working with native communities.

Charles serves as the Washington DC correspondent and regular columnist for Native News Online and is the author of the popular blog ” Reflections from the Hogan.” Charles also serves on the board of the Christian Community Development Association and consults with the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship. Charles is the founder and director of 5 Small Loaves, an organization that pursues racial conciliation through honest education, intentional conversation, and meaningful action.

The PACT program seeks to build bridges of compassion and to teach us to bring reconciliation to our lives and communities. An 18-hour PACT minor is available to AU students of any major.

Anderson University is on a mission to educate students for lives of faith and service, offering more than 60 undergraduate majors, 30 three-year degrees, 20 NCAA Division III intercollegiate sports, alongside adult and graduate programs. The private, liberal arts institution is fully accredited and recognized among top colleges for its business, computer science, cybersecurity, dance, engineering, nursing, and teacher education programs. Anderson University was established in 1917 in Anderson, Indiana, by the Church of God.

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