Women's Center director Jennifer Wies discusses work of domestic violence shelter advocates

Wies has provided intimate partner violence intervention services and prevention programming at a number of locations | December 1, 2007

The University is opening Kelley Auditorium to Jennifer Wies, director for the Women’s Center, for a lecture on Thursday, Dec. 6, at 7:00 p.m. The topic is “Perspectives from the Front Lines of Non-Violence,” which examines the work of domestic violence shelter advocates and the ways their daily service provision intersects with larger non-violent movements.

Wies has provided intimate partner violence intervention services and prevention programming at the University of Kentucky Women’s Place, the Bluegrass Domestic Violence Program, the Bluegrass Rape Crisis Center and the Native American Women’s Health Education Resource Center.

The peace and justice program’s five-part speaker series, named the Vision of Hope, is based upon the theme “Five Pillars of a New World Building,” explored in a video by Benjamin J. Urmston, S.J., director emeritus of the peace and justice programs at Xavier.

Each talk addresses one of the five main structures of a world more in accord with God's word. Each keynote speaker’s presentation addresses one of these “pillars” as it pertains to her or his particular area of research and experience. Furthermore, each speaker addresses three thematic questions: Is it necessary? Is it possible? What is the way forward? The program includes an introduction from Urmston on the current “pillar” being addressed and concludes with an audience question-and-answer session.