The Mark Shafer Lecture was started in 2013 in honor of long time PEP member Mark Shafer.
The 2016 Shafer Lecture featured Christian Parenti.
On Nov. 3, 2014 the lecture featured Gail Walker, Director of Pastors for Peace and the Interreligious Foundation for Community Organization. Ms. Walker has staffed more than 15 caravans of humanitarian aid to Cuba and Central America and worked extensively with marginalized communities including the Garifuna in Honduras and Nicaragua. She is an award-winning radio producer, on-air host and journalist and holds an MA in Media Studies from the New School.
She is the daughter of Rev. Lucius Walker, the recipient of the 1993 Gandhi Peace Award. It is especially meaningful for PEP to have the daughter of a Gandhi Peace Award recipient as our featured speaker. To be able to carry on the work of such a noble and peace-loving man as her father is very rewarding for us to see.
In 2013 TV Personality and Producer-Director Phil Donahue Presents “Body of War”
On Thursday, November 7, 2013, TV personality and producer-director Phil Donahue presented his award-winning documentary, “Body of War”, at the Worthington Hooker School, 691 Whitney Avenue in New Haven. After the screening Donahue he gave the first annual Mark Shafer Memorial Lecture.
Listen to his remarks at:
and this audio interview
From the start, Phil Donahue changed the face of American daytime television, pioneering the audience-participation talk format as the host of the Donahue show, a 29-year run which stands as the longest of its kind in U.S. television history. He also hosted a talk show on MSNBC from July 2002 to March 2003; despite his being that network’s most popular host, he was dismissed by NBC executives for his forthright opposition to the U.S. invasion of Iraq. Since then he has written, produced, and directed significant film and video projects such as “Body of War”. His contribution to TV journalism and entertainment has earned him 20 Emmy Awards — 9 as host and 11 for the show — as well as the George Foster Peabody Award; the President’s Award from the National Women’s Political Caucus; the first Media Person of the Year Award from the Gay and Lesbian Alliance; and induction into the Academy of Television’s Hall of Fame. Along with his TV and film work, Donahue is an admired writer whose essays and opinion columns have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post and The Los Angeles Times. He is also the author of the best-selling memoir, Donahue: My Own Story; and The Human Animal.
Directed by Donahue and Ellen Spiro, with a sound track by Eddie Vedder, “Body of War” follows the path of 25-year-old Tomas Young, an Iraq War veteran turned activist who was injured in the line of duty during his first week of combat. Senatorial speeches in the build-up to the invasion are interspliced with segments chronicling Young’s journey from the days prior to his enlistment to his struggles confronting the daily realities of his postwar life, as he gradually finds his voice to speak out against the forces that sent him to war. Using the power of parallel imagery in unprecedented ways, the film juxtaposes the sanitized vantage point of Washington with raw personal experience that exposes the true motives, methods, and costs of war.