Two UNC Asheville student organizations will
host a talk on “The Struggle for Peace and Justice” by School of the
Americas Watch founder Father Roy Bourgeois at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday,
Sept. 26, at UNC Asheville’s Highsmith University Union Alumni Hall.
The event is free and open to the public.
Father Bourgeois is an American priest in the
Maryknoll Order of the Roman Catholic Church and founder of the
prominent human rights organization School of the Americas Watch. A
native of Louisiana, Bourgeois entered seminary after a tour of duty
in Vietnam. He was ordained in 1972 and sent to Bolivia to work with
the poor. He spent five years there before being arrested and
deported for speaking out against Bolivian dictator General Hugo
Banzer, a School of the Americas graduate. In 1990, Bourgeois
founded the School of the Americas Watch, an organization that seeks
to close the School of the Americas (now called the Western
Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation) through nonviolent
protest. He is the recipient of the Pax Christi USA Pope Paul VI
Teacher of Peace Award, Thomas Merton Award and a Purple Heart.
Bourgeois’ talk is sponsored by the UNC
Asheville Chapter of Amnesty International and the UNC Asheville
Socialist Unity League.
For more information, contact Mark Gibney, UNC
Asheville Belk Distinguished Professor, at 828/250-3870 or