The Batalden Seminar in Applied Ethics


Tuesday, February 11, 2014

11 a.m., Hoversten Chapel, Foss Center


Awakening to the Reality of a Crucified World: Discovering What It Means to Be Human

Featuring Sister Peggy O’Neill, S.C., president and director of Centro Arte para la Paz, Suchitoto, El Salvador

About the Seminar:

The 2014 Batalden Seminar in Applied Ethics — part of Augsburg College’s annual Convocation Series — will feature former Augsburg professor Sr. Peggy O’Neill, S.C., president and director of Centro Arte para la Paz. Her address will focus on her calling to work in El Salvador during the armed conflict of the 1980s and her development of the Center as a means for healing from violence through the arts.

About the Speaker:

Sr. Peggy has been living in El Salvador for the past 25 years, during which time she was an active member of the Pastoral Team, Santa Lucia Parish Suchitoto. The Centro Arte para la Paz (Center of Arts for Peace) is a regional educational cultural center promoting peace through dance, art, and theological reflection. Sr. Peggy founded this healing space in 2006 and works toward building a culture of peace using the arts as a vehicle. A highly respected long-time peace activist, Sr. Peggy has received many honors and awards including the 2008 Peacemaker Award of the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace, recognizing her many years of peace efforts in El Salvador and honoring her “contribution to peace making and work for justice.” Also, in 2008 she received the Ciudadana Ilustre Award for her work on behalf of social and cultural development in Suchitoto.

Sr. Peggy earned a Master of Arts degree in Theology from Marquette University and an Ed.D. in Religious Education from New York University. A lifelong educator her entire professional career in both the United States and El Salvador, Sr. Peggy served as assistant professor of Augsburg College, teaching through the Center for Global Education and at Santa Clara University, Casa de Solidaridad in the Jesuit University, El Salvador. For many years she also served as associate professor of Iona College in New Rochelle, N.Y.

 This event is sponsored by Paul ’63 and LaVonne (Olson) Batalden ’63.