Sunday, July 29, 2012

2012 GATHERING SCHEDULE (August 15-19)

WEDNESDAY: August 15

4 pm: Early birds welcome.

6:30: DINNER. Meet and greet.

THURSDAY: August 16


9 am: The New Feminism and the Occupy Movement: Peggy Luhrs and members of Fed Up from Burlington

11am - 3:45:  Discussion and luncheon with Joel Kovel and Deedee Hallack: He will talk on prospects for a just peace in Palestine. After lunch, Deedee wlll speak about community media around the world.
4 pm: Joan Ecklein will report on the May protest in Chicago and the need to abolish NATO.

6 pm: Dinner

7 pm:  The story of four women arm wrestling with Irene! Four women from Rochester will recount their experiences during the hurricane and flooding that devastated the White River Valley last summer.

FRIDAY: August 17


9:30 am Historian Sandra Baird will talk about radical America:  the Revolution, the Civil War, and Reconstruction. 

10:30 am: Cyndy Bittinger will discuss her recently published book: Vermont Women, Native Americans and African Americans.

12 noon: LUNCH

2 pm: Hattie Nestel will show an interview by Margaret Harrington on Cecile Pineda, the author of Devil’s Tango, and discuss the similarities between Fukushima and Vermont Yankee.

4 pm:  Militarism and our response: with Nancy Wrenn (the proliferation of overseas bases and the Mass. proposal to cut military spending), and Paki Weiland (People to People Witness: a report from her recent trip to Bahrein).

6 pm: DINNER

7 pm: Corporations and Governments: Who are the real terrorists? Plus how to replace the need for war? A discussion with Barbara Soros and Charlotte Dennett.

SATURDAY: August 18


10 am: Catia Confortini (US WILPF board member) will discuss her just published book Intelligent Compassion: Feminist Critical Methodology in the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom

12 noon: LUNCH 

2 pm: Petra Totterman, Coordinator for WILPF International, and former Secretary-General of WILPF SWEDEN will share with us international's plans for the celebration of WILPF's 100th  anniversary in 2015. What will be our US plan?

4 pm: Women, Peace and Security: How to make it real?  Members of US WILPF’s 1325 Issue Committee will discuss recent efforts to influence the US State Department’s National Action Plan on WPS. Also,is there a conflict between US WILPF’s commitment to the UN, and  to  helping branches thrive? Laura Roskos, Catia Confortini, and Charlotte Dennett.
6 pm: DINNER

7:00: Bibiane Tshefu, from DRC Congo and NY Metro WILPF, will discuss the current situation there, and show the film Crisis in the Congo: Uncovering the Truth. Later, some may want to go to a Dance Party in town… 80th Birthday Party of Val Levitan who raised the money to resurrect Pierce Hall, a former Grange Hall, now Community Center in Rochester. The party will take place in the Hall (more details later)

SUNDAY: August 19

8-9:30 am: Special pancake breakfast

10 am: Evaluation of weekend: ideas for next year

12 noon: LUNCH of leftovers.

1 pm Clean up and goodby!!!