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International Day of Peace

International Day of Peace

Since its 1981 inception, the Peace Day has marked humanity’s personal and planetary progress toward peace. The celebration has grown to include millions of people in all parts of the world. Dubuque celebrates it’s sixth year of participating on the International Day of Peace with a host of varied events, all tied to the this year’s focal issue which is climate disruption’s impact on Social Inequity, global justice and the pursuit of peace in anticipation of the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris in early December. Following are many opportunities for you to take part or visit for the complete calendar and resources.

Featured Events

The Medicine Band: It Was a Beautiful Country

September 11–12 @ 7 PM
E.B. Lyons Interpretive Center

The two night event on September 11 & 12 features stories of Native America, along with an environmental message that relates to all people today. As one spectator described a past performance of this show. “I just wanted to thank you for your wonderful performance of the Blackhawk rock opera. I was moved beyond words-happy, sad, disgusted, proud, and yes hopeful. You brought our history alive. The music was beautiful and it transcended a basic concert, I felt like I was part of this essential story. You have a gift for writing and performing as well as connecting with people in a thoughtful manner.” Bring a blanket or lawnchair and enjoy a musical concert transcending history. Andrew Houy will be opening the show at 7 p.m each night. Sorry, no carry-ins. This year’s show is made possible through an arts and cultural grant from Mediacom and Loras College.

Hike to Help Refugees

Saturday, September 19 @ Noon–2 PM
Start at Loras College Christ the King Chapel

Touch base at University of Dubuque (Blades Chapel) and end at Clarke University (Atrium) on the hike to help Refugees. Cosponsored with Iowa United Nations Association (IUNA), all proceeds raised go to the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), which helps provide refugees with life sustaining tools. Visit for pledge forms and more information.

This Is How We BBQ in DBQ

Saturday, September 19 @ 2–6 PM
Clarke University Kehl Center

This community Barbeque is an event where residents can bond and engage with different cultures through free food catered from a variety of local vendors. A live DJ will play family-friendly music. Activities include milk bottle knockdown, pop bottle ring toss, football tire toss, small putting green, half court shot, and bean bags. Sponsored by Clarke University, Dubuque Branch NAACP, Dubuque Community Foundation, the Dubuque Human Rights Commission, Dubuque Independent Football League, the Dubuque Police Department and Auxiliary Police and The Jule. Attendees may ride the Jule to and from these events on Saturday, September 19 with special event tickets. See for details. To register for 3-on-3 basketball tournaments go to by September 17 at 5 PM. Register no later than September 17.

Dr. Reese Halter: Climate Change and Peace

Monday, September 21 @ 7–8:30 PM
Loras College Alumni Campus Center Ballroom

Dr. Reese Halter is an award-winning conservation communicator: voice for ecology, distinguished conservation biologist, broadcaster, public speaker, best-selling author, and syndicated writer. He knew from the time he was a child that he wanted to be an Earth Doctor and has university degrees in Physical Geography, Forest Resources and a PhD in eco-stress tree physiology from The University of Melbourne Australia. In the 1980s, Dr. Reese founded Global Forest Science, a conservation institute. Through Global Forest Science, he has built an international reputation for initiating meaningful research designed to protect natural resources for future generations. Dr. Reese visits schools and encourages children around the globe to embrace conservation, science exploration, and learning.

Concert for Refugee Children

Tuesday, September 29 @ 6 PM
Voices Gallery (10th & Jackson St)

Join this family friendly event to raise funds, awareness and solutions for issues faced by child immigrants from Central America now living in the Tri-State Area. All proceeds go toward for Dubuque for Refugee Children, which helps with the medical, educational, and legal expenses of these brave children. Suggested donation $10. This event won a 2015 365ink Impact Award!

More FREE Day of Peace Public Events

White Water Canyon Hike

Saturday, September 12 @ 2 PM
Meet at Camp St beside Hy-Vee on Locust St

“Eyes Wide Open—War” Digital digital exhibit of Barbra Ilten’s photography

September 13–26
Carnegie-Stout Library

Banfield Bridge Hike

Saturday, September 19 @ 2 PM
Meet at 22nd/Jackson St
Banfield Bridge Area in Wisconsin

Historic District Coffee House

Saturday, September 19 @ 7–9:30 PM
Unitarian Universalist (1699 Iowa St)

Peace of My Mind: Portraits of Peacemakers Display

September 21–25
Loras College Campus Center & Library

IUNA Association Panel Discussion on Climate Disruption and the UN

Tuesday, September 22 @ 7–9 PM
University of Dubuque Blades Hall

Sierra Club White Pines Group Film: ”Angel Azul”

Tuesday, September 22 @ 7:30 PM
Swiss Valley Nature Center

“Scarred Lands, Wounded Lives” Documentary

Wednesday, September 23 @ 6 PM
UD Myers Teaching & Admin. Center, Rm. 146

Video talks by Dr Leyla Acaroglu

Wednesday, September 23 @ 6:30 PM
Unitarian Universalist (1699 Iowa St)

Veterans for Peace Speakers: Colleen Rowley and Ray McGovern

Thursday, September 24 @ 6 PM
University of Dubuque Blades Hall

Journey to Freedom: A Walk Through Human Trafficking
Opening Keynote by Dr. Teresa Downing-Matibag, Ex. Dir., Iowa’s Network Against Human Trafficking coalition

Friday, September 25 @ 7 PM
Exhibit through Monday, October 5
Roshek Building Lobby

Shawondasse—Massey Station Hike

Saturday, September 26 @ 2 PM
Meet at Camp St beside Locust Hy-Vee

League of United Latin American Citizens Picnic

Sunday, September 27 @ Noon–2 PM
Murphy Park

March to UD from Clarke, Loras, Wartburg, and Grandview overpass

Sunday, September 27 @ 2:30 PM
Gather at University of Dubuque Blades Chapel
Then speaker Dr. Jeremy Brigham “Guns Create a Climate of Fear”
University of Dubuque Blades Chapel