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Justice Summit addresses small changes to a better world
Contact: Rob Eisele816-415-7574
January 6, 2010

The Center for Justice and Sustainability at William Jewell College will hold its inaugural Justice and Sustainability Summit January 15-16 on the campus in Liberty, Mo. The theme is “A Better World” and will draw on the research and practical ideas in The Better World Handbook. Coauthor Dr. Ellis Jones will help lead the Summit with group sessions focusing on the seven foundations cited in the book: economic fairness, comprehensive peace, ecological sustainability, deep democracy, social justice, culture of simplicity and revitalized community.

Although the Justice Summit is by invitation for William Jewell students, alumni, faculty and friends, the keynote event is free and open to the public at 7 p.m. January 15 in John Gano Memorial Chapel on the campus. The speaker will be Bridging the Gap founder and William Jewell alumnus Robert J. Mann. Mann practiced business law in Kansas City for more than 25 years before founding Bridging The Gap (BTG), Inc., in 1992. As founder and CEO until 2005, he led BTG to its position as one of the largest environmental education organizations in the Midwest. He has served as counselor to four Kansas City mayors and countless elected officials and business leaders on environmental issues over the last 19 years. During the last seven years, Mann has facilitated Shadowcliff workshops teaching the principles of sustainability and assisting participants to apply those principles to their daily lives.

Part of the keynote event is the world premiere performance by the William Jewell College Concert Choir of a newly commissioned choral composition by composer Mark Kilstofte. The winning entry is a setting of two Gerard Manly Hopkins poems for choir. Kilstofte will be present for the performance and to address the summit about his pieces and about the role of the arts in issues of Justice and Sustainability.

Kilstofte has been acclaimed as a composer of lyrical line, engaging harmony, strong, dramatic gesture and keen sensitivity to sound, shape and event. Praised by the San Francisco Chronicle as “exciting and beautiful, consistently gripping,” his music has garnered a growing number of awards and honors including the Rome Prize, ASCAP’s Rudolf Nissim Award, the Goddard Lieberson Fellowship and Charles Ives Scholarship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Aaron Copland Award, MacDowell Colony’s Francis and William Schuman Fellowship, and the Composers’ Award for String Quartet. He is also winner of the Dale Warland Singers Choral Ventures competition and a recent Fromm Foundation commission recipient.

William Jewell College is committed to bringing together talented students and gifted faculty mentors within a vibrant community sparked by a rigorous and intentional liberal arts curriculum. A full range of personal and professional development experiences are presented by the selective national liberal arts college’s location within the Kansas City metroplex of more than two million.

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