The Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence (S-I-R) Program assists U.S. higher education institutions in expanding programs of academic exchange, by supporting non-U.S. scholars through grants for teaching at institutions that might not have a strong international component and/or serve minority audiences. Both the U.S. institution and the scholar grantee benefit from this experience. This academic year 2019-2020, St. Philip's College is hosting Dr. Derick Wilson from Ulster University and the Corrymeela Peace & Reconciliation Centre in Ballycastle, Northern Ireland. We look forward to a year of living out the Fulbright mission to "educate, exchange, engage, and lead."
We hope you'll be joining us at "The Blessing of the Peacemakers" on Sunday, January 26th from 3-5PM at the Whitley Center, Oblate School of Theology, San Antonio, TX.
If you can't make it, we'll miss you, but you can still take part online at our livestream thanks to NOWCastSA (The entire ceremony will also be archived for later viewing). Great music, light munchies, and wisdom from the San Antonio Peace Laureates, past, present & future. On this day we will bless and honor ALL the peacemakers – that means YOU! Come and Celebrate with us!
During the Blessing of the Peacemakers the peaceCENTER appoints the San Antonio Peace Laureate: a local voice of wisdom, compassion and experience to speak for peace and justice in San Antonio.
The Season for Nonviolence, January 30 – April 4, is a 64-day campaign that demonstrates that nonviolence is a powerful way to heal, transform, and empower our lives and our communities. Inspired in 1998 by the 50th and 30th memorial anniversaries of the assassinations of Mahatma Gandhi and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., this international event honors their vision for a nonviolent world.
23 January 2020 - DreamWeek Event #04 - The Red Cross
Event Details Andrew Hill, Associate Professor at St. Philip’s College, will address the philosophical and theological foundations of military ethics and international humanitarian law (IHL) found in the Geneva Conventions. The Geneva Conventions and their Additional Protocols form the core of international humanitarian law, which regulates the conduct of armed conflict and seeks to limit its effects. They protect people not taking part in hostilities and those who are no longer doing so. The endurance of the Geneva Conventions shows us what is possible when States take collective and individual action to uphold the law and humanitarian principles (Maurer, 2019). The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) acts as the guardian of international humanitarian law, a complex role that is closely connected with its own foundation and was later formally entrusted to it by the international community. The ICRC has worked on battlefields, and has made a very direct contribution to the process of codification, during which its proposals were examined, and which has led to regular revision and extension of international humanitarian law, notably in 1906, 1929, 1949 and 1977 (Sandoz, 1998).
Time: (Thursday) 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm Location: American Red Cross, 3642 E. Houston Street, San Antonio, Texas
22 January 2020 - DreamWeek Event #03 - Citizenship
Event Details“Citizens Together or Individuals Apart?” A conversation with Dr. Derick Wilson, Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence at St. Philip’s College and professional peace practitioner from Northern Ireland. We are conceived in a relationship and then shaped and formed in a host of relationships through our life. Some set us free and give us confidence and others skew us, and sometimes demean us! We are relational beings! Strong and robust democracies are made, in part, through the engagements between diverse citizens, not always agreeing but acknowledging one another’s rights as equal citizens. This common experience between us is not always explicitly acknowledged except at times such as Annual Commemorations, Public Holidays, singing the National Anthem and Voting. This conversation is to ask:
are we committed to build respectful relationships together as diverse citizens?
are we committed to engage in robust conversations in which we respectfully share our honest differences and hopes about the societies we live in? , or
do we merely stand back and slide into living apart as individuals in much weaker and less cohesive democracies?
Time: (Wednesday) 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm Location: St. Philip's College, 1801 Martin Luther King Drive, San Antonio, Texas
SAN ANTONIO — Thousands gathered in San Antonio for one of the largest MLK Day marches in the country. The march to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. kicked off at 10 a.m. Monday morning at the MLK Academy at 3501 MLK Drive. The march ends at Pittman-Sullivan Park. Approximately 300,000 people were expected to participate in the march, making it one of the largest, if not the largest, march in the nation. Today's march marks the 33rd annual MLK March. The 52nd Annual Commemorative Program will take place following the march. According to the MLK Commission, the late Reverend Dr. Raymond "R.A." Callies Sr. organized the first March for Justice in 1968 to call attention to the need for basic infrastructure on the east side. Nineteen years later on January 19, 1987, the Commission and the City of San Antonio held its first official Martin Luther King, Jr. March. Since then, hundreds of thousands have flocked to the Alamo City to participate in the march. https://www.kens5.com/article/news/community/san-antonio-marches-in-honor-of-dr-martin-luther-king-jr/273-9acb6cf8-df47-4011-b616-8ae4b7c8b115
Derick and Dot Wilson, 20 January 2020, San Antonio, Texas
16 January 2020 - DreamWeek Event #02 - Peace Studies
14 January 2020 - Arts & Sciences Division Meeting
14 January 2020 - Fulbright Association of San Antonio
12 January 2020 - DreamWeek Event #01
"Religion and Violence: It's Complicated"
This event explored the misconceptions, facts, and possibilities for peace and justice around the topic of religion and violence. Panelists included: 1) Roger C. Barnes, Ph.D., Professor and Chair of the Department of Sociology, University of the Incarnate Word 2) Sajida Jalalzai, Ph.D., Assistant Professor in the Religion Department, Trinity University 3) Simran Jeet Singh, Ph.D., Visiting Professor at Union Seminary (New York City, NY) and Host of Spirited. 4) Derick Wilson, D.Phil., Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence, St. Philip’s College; Reader Emeritus in Education and Restorative Practices, Ulster University (Northern Ireland) St. Philip's College The event began with a short reception running from 4:00-4:30p. The discussion ran from 4:30-6:30p. Co-Sponsors include: The Community Relations Council, the Jewish Federation of San Antonio, and the Faith-Based Initiative, Human Services, City of San Antonio. http://dreamweek.org/events/
11 January 2020 - St. Philip's College Spring Convocation