Ware Lecture on Peacemaking
Hosted annually by the Center for Global Understanding and Peacemaking, the Judy S. '68 and Paul W. Ware Lecture on Peacemaking is the Center's signature event. The lecture is made possible by a generous grant from Judy S. '68 and Paul W. Ware of Lancaster, Pa. The Ware Lecture has brought Nobel Peace Prize recipients, influential journalists, and political leaders from around the world to Elizabethtown.
The Ware Lecture is open to the public. Tickets are free, but must be reserved by calling 717-361-4757 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
2019 Ware Lecture: Silkroad
April 11th, 2019 - 7:30 pm in Leffler Chapel and Performance Center
Yo-Yo Ma conceived Silkroad in 1998 as a reminder that even as rapid globalization resulted in division, it brought extraordinary possibilities for working together. Seeking to understand this dynamic, he began to learn about the historical Silk Road, recognizing in it a model for productive cultural collaboration, for the exchange of ideas and tradition alongside commerce and innovation. And in a radical experiment, he brought together musicians from the lands of the Silk Road to co-create a new artistic idiom, a musical language founded in difference, a metaphor for the benefits of a more connected world.
Today, these Grammy Award-winning artists seek and practice radical cultural collaboration in many forms, creating and presenting new music, teacher and musician training workshops, and residency programs in schools, museums, and communities.
Silkroad has recorded seven albums. Sing Me Home, which won the 2016 Grammy for Best World Music Album was developed and recorded alongside the documentary feature The Music of Strangers, from Oscar-winning director Morgan Neville.
Sandeep Das (Tabla) is the founder of HUM (Harmony and Universality through Music), which promotes global understanding through performance and education, and provides learning opportunities and scholarships for young, specially-abled artists to empower them to lead self-reliant lives. Das is trained in the centuries-old Indian tradition of Guru-Shishya Parampara, studying and living with his Guru and learning and practicing music as a way of life, more than just an art form.
Maeve Gilchrist (Harp) is a Edinburgh-born harpist and composer who has been credited as an innovator on her native Celtic harp (Clársach) due to her uniquely rhythmic and improvisational approach to the instrument. Currently based in Brooklyn, Maeve tours internationally as a solo artist and with a variety of projects. She’s composed a number of pieces including a three-movement Samuel Beckett-inspired piece for harp, string quartet, and sound samples, which was premiered at the Edinburgh International Harp Festival in the spring of 2019.
Shane Shanahan (Percussion) has combined his studies of drumming traditions from around the world with his background in jazz, rock, and Western art music to create a unique, highly sought after style. He is one of Silkroad’s inaugural co-artistic directors, and has performed with Bobby McFerrin, James Taylor, Aretha Franklin, Philip Glass, Alison Krauss, Chaka Khan, and Deep Purple, among others, and has appeared at the White House, playing for President and First Lady Obama.
Kaoru Watanabe (Japanese shinobue flutes and taiko drums) is a Brooklyn-based composer and musician who specializes in the Japanese shinobue flutes and taiko drums. Watanabe creates music that is at once personal, philosophical, meditative, and virtuosic, that reflects his extensive background in Japanese traditional music, American jazz, and his decades-long devotion to cross-cultural musical collaboration. He is the featured taiko drummer and a musical advisor for the recent Wes Anderson film Isle of Dogs. Watanabe has performed his compositions at venues such as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and The Kennedy Center, as well as across the North, Central and South Americas, Europe, Asia, and Australia.
Jeffrey Beecher (Co-Artistic Director, Bass Musician) pursues a varied musical career as both an energetic performer and educator. In addition to serving as one of Silkroad’s inaugural co-artistic directors, he performs as principal bass with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and currently is on the faculty of the Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory of Music.
Eduardo A. Braniff is Silkroad’s executive director. Before joining Silkroad’s staff, he served as a board director of Silkroad and was CEO & Creative Director of the global design firm Imagination. His work has consistently leveraged the value of multiple disciplines towards influencing culture. He lives in Los Angeles where he is an avid supporter of the arts serving on the boards of Independent Shakespeare Company and L.A.N.D. Los Angeles Nomadic Division.
Interested in hearing some of Silkroad's music? Listen to them here!
In anticipation for the 2019 Ware Lecture, we asked the Etown community to share the music that speaks to you, tells a story, makes you think, or makes you dance. Check out the Etown Music Everywhere playlist on Spotify!
Judy S. Ware '68 on the Ware Lecture:
Past Ware Lecturers
- 2018 - Karen Armstrong, Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire and founder of the Charter for Compassion
- 2017 - Jonathan Haidt, Professor of Ethical Leadership at the NYU School of Business
- 2016 - Kim Phuc, Vietnam War survivor, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador, and founder of the Kim Phuc Foundation International
- 2015 - Nicholas Kristof, Pulitzer Prize-Winning New York Times Columnist
- 2014 - Tawakkol Karman, 2011 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate
- 2013 - Leymah Gbowee, 2011 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate
- 2012 - Muhammad Yunus, Nobel Peace Prize recipient and founder of Grameen Bank
- 2011 - Shirin Ebadi, Nobel Peace Prize recipient and founder of the Association for Support of Children's Rights in Iran
- 2010 - Terry Waite, founder of Hostage UK and Y Care International, and U.K. Ambassador for the Freeplay Foundation
- 2009 - Jody Williams, Nobel Peace Prize recipient and chairman of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines
- 2008 - F. W. de Klerk, Nobel Peace Prize recipient and former president of South Africa
- 2007 - Mary Robinson, former president of Ireland and chair of Realizing Rights: The Ethical Global Initiative