The Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens Celebration of Service
The Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens Celebration of Service uplifts the life of an extraordinary public servant and former Peace Corps volunteer killed on September 11th, 2012, in Benghazi, Libya. Supporting PLU’s vision for global education of “educating to achieve a just, healthy, sustainable and peaceful world”, the event highlights individuals and organizations whose work offers innovative pathways to peace and embodies the risk, vision, creativity, empathy, and kindness that characterized the Ambassador’s public service career. The event has taken place biennially since 2013.
The inaugural lecture was delivered by Middle East reporter and expert, Robin Wright. The 2nd lecture was delivered by Egyptian-American documentary filmmaker, Jehane Noujaim. The 3rd featured Shamil Idriss, President and CEO of Search for Common Ground and former Deputy Director of the UN Alliance of Civilizations. Departing from a lecture format, the 4th celebration event featured a concert version of selections from the award-winning docu-musical Witness Uganda, written and composed by former Peace Corps volunteer, Matt Gould, and actor and co-founder of the UgandaProject, Griffin Matthews. Hailed as “a joyous, wrenching experience drawn from life,” Witness Uganda poignantly explores the challenges and pitfalls of doing humanitarian work inviting the audience to reflect critically on service, leadership and care in both global and local contexts.
All have drawn an audience from the Seattle, Tacoma and Olympia areas including the University of Washington, Evergreen State College, the University of Puget Sound, as well as community colleges, churches, non-profits and state agencies in the area. The event is made possible by the Wang Center for Global and Community Engaged Education, and PLU’s Office of the President.