Leader of Ecumenical Faith Joins HWS – Hobart and William Smith Colleges \
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Leader of Ecumenical Faith Joins HWS

Activist, expert and pioneer Rev. Dr. Joan Brown Campbell will come to HWS to share her cultivated experience and perspective on Engaged Citizenship at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 23 in the Sanford Room of the Warren Hunting Smith Library.

Campbell is an ordained minister and a leader in the ecumenical interfaith movement, and is currently director of the Department of Religion at the historic Chautauqua Institution in New York. She served for a decade as the general secretary to the National Council of Churches of Christ and was the first woman to be named executive director of the U.S. Office of the World Council of Churches.

In her career, Campbell has worked with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., acted as an election monitor in the election of Nelson Mandela, and negotiated with President Bill Clinton and Cuba’s President Fidel Castro to arrange the return of Elian Gonzales to his father. As a member of the U.S. State Department’s advisory committee on Religious Freedom Abroad and chair of the Global Women’s Peace Initiative, Campbell has led peace missions to the Middle East and worked with the Rev. Jesse Jackson to free American servicemen held captive in Serbia.

Katie Flowers, associate director of the Center for Civic Engagement and Service Learning, says she is thrilled to co-host Brown as the final speaker for the academic year in the Engaged Citizenship Speaker Series.  “Rev. Dr. Brown’s  leadership in the faith oriented peace process is both awe-inspiring and humbling,” Flowers says. 

The event is hosted by the Center for Civic Engagement and Service Learning and the Zonta Club of Geneva. Questions concerning the event can be directed to CCESL at ext. 3825 or serve@hws.edu.