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 lecturetickets@etown.edu.

2018 Ware Lecturer:

Karen Armstrong, "Leading a Compassionate Life"

7:30 pm, Wednesday, April 11, 2018, at Leffler Chapel and Performance Center, Elizabethtown College

Karen Armstrong


The Judy S. ’68 and Paul W. Ware Lecture on Peacemaking welcomes Karen Armstrong, Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire and founder of the Charter for Compassion. A religious historian and former Catholic nun who left the convent to study literature, her books have been translated into 45 languages. Armstrong is an authority on world faiths, religious fundamentalism and monotheism. She was appointed to the High Level Group of the UN Alliance of Civilizations to diagnose the causes of religious extremism. Subsequently, she was awarded the Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Medal. She will speak on "Leading a Compassionate Life."


aWAREness: A Curated Stream of Content

Mindfulness. Compassion. Love.

The 2018 Ware Lecture, to be delivered by Karen Armstrong, is titled "Leading a Compassionate Life." In preparation for Ms. Armstrong's visit to campus, The Center for Global Understanding and Peacemaking shares the following 21-day series that we hope will inspire you to live more compassionately. Each post features a short video that you can share with others.


In addition to following the aWAREness stream, we invite you to participate in any of the following pre-lecture events:

February 8: Lecture: Wazhma Frogh, "Awareness, Compassion, and Engagement: Being an 'ACE' in Today's Ever-Challenging World" (Bowers Writers House, 7pm)

March 12-April 11: "Leading a Compassionate Life" Web Series

March 12, 19, and 26: Book Discussion Group (location TBD)

March 15: Fake Fireplace Discussion: Richard Newton, "Islamophobia in America" (Winters Alcove, High Library 7:30-9:30pm)

March 22: Lecture:  Dr. Rebecca and Rev. Samuel Dali, "Nigerian Christianity Today"; (Young Center, 7pm)

March 22: Fake Fireplace Discussion: Naomi Beckwith Kraenbring, "Religious Fundamentalism" (Winters Alcove, High Library 7:30-9:30pm)

April 4: Lecture: Bryan Greenberg, "Compassionate Business:  Doing Good by Doing Well" (Hoover 212, Wednesday @ 11)

April 5: Fake Fireplace Discussion: Reverend Amy Shorner-Johnson, "Reading and Reflection on Karen Armstrong" (Winters Alcove, High Library, 7:30-9:30pm)

April 6-16:  Design students exhibition (Reference Section of the High Library)


Ongoing library display of Armstrong's works in the High Library

A short biography of Karen Armstrong can be found here.

A resource guide for the lecture, created by the High Library, can be found here.


Past Ware Lecturers

  • 2017 - Jonathan Haidt, Professor of Ethical Leadership at the NYU School of Business
  • 2016 - Kim Phuc, Vietnam War survivor, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador, 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