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About the 2022 Westheimer Peace Symposium:
Join us for the 32nd Annual Westheimer Peace Symposium entitled, “Regenerative Agriculture for a Just and Peaceful Future” with panels starting at 9:00 a.m. and activities ending at 5:00 p.m. Highlighting this year’s event will be a keynote address Wednesday, September 28th, from 7:00-8:15 p.m. featuring Distinguished University Professor of Soil Science, The Ohio State University, Dr. Rattan Lal. For five decades Lal has traveled all over the world, conducting research in the field of carbon sequestration, a practice that has been shown to significantly reduce carbon in the atmosphere while simultaneously restoring soil depleted by years of industrial farming. Lal will be joined during the day by Ohio leaders of regenerative agriculture who will share their years of expertise in ecological farming.
About the Westheimer Peace Symposium:
The Westheimer Peace Symposium, established in 1991 by a generous endowment from Charles and May Westheimer, is an annual event with four rotating themes: Peace and Nonviolence; Peace and Social Justice; Peace and the Environment, and Peace and the Nature of War. As a result, it is a key reflection of Wilmington College's Quaker heritage and its core values of peace, social justice, respect for all persons, and integrity.
Barbara Leeds, pianist, is active as a soloist, vocal and instrumental collaborator, and studio musician as well as pipe organist and carillonneur. A resident of Yellow Springs, she teaches private lessons through Leeds Piano Studio and is accompanist for the World House Choir, a social justice choir directed by Dr. Catherine Roma, Professor Emerita of Wilmington College. She graduated from Wilmington College in 1999 majoring in piano performance with a religion/philosophy minor. During her years studying at WC she received a performance scholarship to regularly play the carillon during the noon hour on class days. Barbara is delighted to share today’s program of hand-selected tunes that resonate with this year’s topic of seeking peace and justice for all through regeneration of the earth.
Dr, Rattan Lal
Distinguished University Professor of Soil Science, The Ohio State University; Director, CFAES Rattan Lal Center for Carbon Management and Sequestration; Past President, International Union of Soil Sciences; Adjunct Professor, University of Iceland, and IARI, New Delhi, India; IICA Chair in Soil Science; and Goodwill Ambassador for Sustainable Development Issues, San Jose, Costa Rica
Dr. Lal is distinguished professor of soil science at The Ohio State University and 2020 World Food Prize laureate. Internationally recognized for his trailblazing work on developing and mainstreaming a soil-centric approach to increasing food production, Lal has received many other accolades, including the GCHERA World Agriculture Prize (2018), Glinka World Soil Prize (2018), Japan Prize (2019), and U.S. Awasthi IFFCO Prize (2019). Dr. Lal earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Punjab Agricultural University and the Indian Agriculture Research Institute, respectively, and a doctorate from The Ohio State University.