Women's Issues Club to Host Peace Vigil

PATCHOGUE, NY – APRIL 14, 2010 – The Women’s Issues Club at St. Joseph’s College will hold a peace vigil on Saturday, May 8, 2010 from 2 – 7:30 p.m. on its Long Island Campus. Various peace issues will be addressed, including solidarity, religion and peace in the school atmosphere.

With several speakers scheduled to present throughout the day, the intention of the vigil is to identify the importance of preserving peace in a variety of situations. Topics including historical perspectives on peace, religion and peace, environmental peace and peace relating to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan will be addressed. The evening will conclude with a candlelit walk around the Campus.

“It is wonderful that the club members have taken the initiative to pull together a day for reflection on peace and an opportunity to speak up against violence in all forms,” said Dr. Wendy Turgeon, club moderator and chair of the Department of Philosophy at St. Joseph’s College.

The Women’s Issues Club addresses issues affecting women in today’s society including poverty, body image and women’s rights. The club is dedicated to promoting excellence within the community as well as providing activities for St. Joseph’s students.

This event is free and open to the public. All are encouraged to attend. The purpose of the vigil is to educate students and community members about violence prevention and to spread peace within the local community. A light dinner will be served.  For more information, please contact Alicia Prestia at 631.455.8848 or e-mail aprestia@student.sjcny.edu.

About St. Joseph's College

St. Joseph's College has been dedicated to providing a diverse population of students in the New York metropolitan area with an affordable education rooted in the liberal arts tradition since 1916. Independent and coeducational, the College provides a strong academic and value-oriented education at the undergraduate and graduate levels, aiming to prepare each student for a life characterized by integrity, intellectual and spiritual values, social responsibility, and service. With campuses located in the Clinton Hill area of Brooklyn and in Patchogue, Long Island, the College offers degrees in more than 29 majors, special course offerings and certificates, affiliated and pre-professional programs.

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