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Catonsville Nine: 50th Anniversary Commemorative Symposium


Public Policy

Date & Time

May 4, 2018, 3:00 pm10:00 pm


In May 1968, a group of nine Roman Catholic men and women entered Selective Service Local Board #33 in Catonsville, MD, just down the road from
the newly opened UMBC campus. As a protest to the violence and death in
Vietnam, they burned almost 400 draft files in a parking lot. During their trial
in downtown Baltimore that October, thousands marched daily through the
city. In the wake of these events, scores more draft board actions were staged
around the nation, effectively ending the draft by the early 1970s.

We’ll gather this May to remember, reflect, and consider the ongoing lessons of
this dramatic and controversial act of nonviolent civil resistance.

Symposium Schedule

3:00 - 4:15 Welcome by President Freeman Hrabowksi (video)
Keynote: Frank Cordaro, Peace Activist and Des Moines Catholic Worker

4:30 – 5:45 Living Legacy Voices: Activists on History and Importance of C9
Margarita Melville of Catonsville Nine
Dave Eberhardt of Baltimore Four
Willa Bickham of Viva House
Keith Forsythe of Camden Twenty-Eight and Media FBI Action
Bob Graff of Milwaukee Fourteen
Frida Berrigan of Waging Nonviolence

6:00 – 7:00 Dinner option at UMBC True Grits ($6 buffet with vegan/vegetarian options)
Dramatic Readings of The Trial of the Catonsville Nine (during dinner hour)

7:15 – 8:30 Keynote: Kathy Kelly of Voices for Creative Nonviolence

8:45 – 10:00 Breakout Discussions: Concurrent sessions with diverse panelists
A: Strategies and Tactics for Peace and Justice Activists and Advocates
B: Role of Religion and Spirituality in Social Action
C: Teaching Peace: Peace Education for Students and Others

Event sponsored by: UMBC (College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences; Shriver Center and Peacework Program; Dresher Center for the Humanities; American Studies Department; and History Department), Maryland Humanities, Pax Christi Baltimore, Phil Berrigan Memorial Chapter Veterans for Peace, Salem Players and Salem Lutheran Church, Viva House, and Baltimore County Green Party