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Students walking in front of Student Union

Feb. 17, 2014

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PHOTOGRAPHER JOHN NOLTNER TO SPEAK AT VITERBO UNIVERSITY FEB. 27; PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBIT ON DISPLAY FEB. 23–MARCH 31

LA CROSSE, Wis. – Award-winning photographer and author John Noltner will speak at Viterbo University as part of the D.B. Reinhart Institute for Ethics in Leadership’s Spring Lecture Series at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 27 in the Fine Arts Center Lobby.

Noltner has spent the past three years exploring the meaning of peace. Amidst culture wars and political battles, he has asked the question, “What does peace mean to you?” to more than 50 ordinary people with extraordinary stories.

His photography exhibit, A Peace of My Mind, is the result of Noltner’s exploration, a multimedia art project that fosters public dialogue about issues related to conflict resolution, civic responsibility, and peace. With black and white portraits and oral histories, over 50 subjects describe what peace means to them, how they work toward it in their lives, and some of the obstacles they encounter. Those profiled include Holocaust survivors and a homeless man, a Somali refugee and a military chaplain, a pottery instructor and an oil company executive. His work is also featured in his book, A Peace of My Mind: Exploring the Meaning of Peace One Story at a Time.

A Peace of My Mind will be on display in the Viterbo Fine Arts Center from Sunday, Feb. 23–Monday, March 31. It is co-sponsored by Viterbo University, World Services of La Crosse, and the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration.

Both Noltner’s presentation and the photography exhibit are free and open to the public. For a full schedule of Ethics Institute events, visit www.viterbo.edu/ethics.

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