Tuesday, November 8, 2022
1:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Allendale Campus
Alumni, Community, Faculty, Staff, Students

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The 9th annual Padnos/Sarosik Civil Discourse Symposium is about Sharing Our Stories: Moving from Division to Hope. The symposium is a three-day event that will culminate with an interactive keynote address from nationally-acclaimed photographer, storyteller, and A Peace of My Mind founder, John Noltner, on November 9 at 6 p.m. on the Pew Downtown Campus. Noltner’s presentation will include sharing images and quotes from his conversations with members of the Grand Valley and Grand Rapids communities about their hopes for our country, as well as material from Lessons on the Road to Peace, a multi-media arts project featuring conversations with ordinary Americans he met during his 40,000-mile drive across the country. For more info on the keynote address and studio workshops, please visit the Fall 2022 Symposium page.

EXHIBIT: A Peace of My Mind

Frustrated with a polarized world, John Noltner drove 40,000 miles across the country interviewing and photographing hundreds of people from all walks of life. Noltner's exhibit reveals the wisdom of everyday Americans and their stories of hope, courage, and forgiveness. His work is grounded in the belief that art and storytelling have the power to transform our hearts as well as our communities, and that we each have the power to create positive change in the world.

This curated, mobile exhibit features compelling portraits and inspiring personal stories from people of diverse backgrounds responding to the simple question: What does peace mean to you? Everyone is invited to come see this extraordinary exhibit.

Exhibit Hours:

  • Monday, November 7th : 9:00 a.m.- 9:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, November 8th : 1:00 p.m.- 9:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, November 9th : 9:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m.

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Location Information

Kirkhof Center, Pere Marquette Room 2204
10670 S. Campus Drive
Allendale, MI 49401

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Contact Information

Padnos/Sarosik Center for Civil Discourse
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 616-331-8044


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This event was added to the calendar by Justine Kibet ( on Tuesday, October 11, 2022 at 11:39 a.m.