Service through Social Activism: A Discussion with Dominican Sisters and Nobel Peace Prize Winners Carol Gilbert & Ardeth Platte

Looking into the eyes of children is certainly part of the conviction that has led two Catholic sisters, Carol Gilbert and Ardeth Platte, both former teachers, to a lifetime of preaching against and protesting nuclear weapons. Their personal protests started in Michigan in the 1980s, where their impassioned actions working with Home for Peace and Justice led lawmakers in the State of Michigan to declare it a nuclear weapons-free grounds, as it remains today.

Tuesday, March 6
7 p.m. (Doors open at 6:30)
Tam Alumni Center Grand Hall

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Sisters Carol and Ardeth have spent 23 years educating, organizing actions of nonviolence and resistance, and rallying their community at the Pentagon, White House, Embassies, United Nations, and many nuclear and war sites throughout the country. The two together have spent more than 15 years in jails and prisons during their years of activism and in working for justice and peace.

In 2017, the Sisters celebrated an historic moment when peace organizations and advocates from around the world joined together at the United Nations to write a Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. The Treaty was signed on July 7, 2017 by 122 countries—the United States not among them.

Most notably, the group, the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), of which Sisters Gilbert and Platte are part of, was recently awarded the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize for its groundbreaking efforts to achieve a treaty-based prohibition of nuclear weapons.

Today, the sisters continue raising awareness about the use of nuclear weapons and the humanitarian and environmental disaster the world and its citizens would face if any country activated a weapon.