2012 Archives

Nobel winner Leymah Gbowee wows SMU crowd

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The following story ran on the May 23, 2012, edition of the Dallas Morning News Arts blog. Leymah Gbowee, Nobel Prize winner and author, recently was hosted at SMU by SMU's Embry Human Rights program and the World Affairs Council.

May 31, 2012

By Dianne Solis

Three standing ovations this Wednesday night for Nobel Prize winner, author and peacemaker Leymah Gbowee.

At SMU, she told a packed theater that children forced to become soldiers led her to lead Christian and Muslim women to demand an end to Liberia's civil war. "Creating a safe space for our children to achieve their dreams that we could not achieve" she told a young boy in the audience. "That was my motivation."

In anecdote after anecdote, Gbowee leveraged the power of story....