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URI's Center for Nonviolence and Peace Studies to hold dedication ceremony, awards dinner

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KINGSTON, R.I. -- April 26, 2004 -- The University of Rhode Islandís Center for Nonviolence and Peace Studies will host two related events on Friday, May 14, beginning at 5 p.m. The public is invited.

A plaque dedication ceremony will be held at the site of a tree planted in memory of Guillermo Gaviria. Gaviria was governor of Antioquia, Colombia when he was kidnapped by rebels during a peace march in 2002. Dr. Bernard LaFayette, distinguished scholar-in-residence and director of URIís nonviolence center, was also kidnapped but was later released. A year later, Gaviria was killed during a failed rescue attempt by the Colombian military. The ceremony will take place by the tree, located on the grounds of the Multicultural Center.

Immediately following the dedication, the Center will host an awards dinner in the Memorial Union Ballroom. A short film highlighting the peace march and the International Nonviolence Conference in Colombia will be shown. Special music will played at the dinner. URI President Robert L. Carothers will be the eveningís guest speaker followed by the awarding of certificates in various categories.

Tickets for the dinner are $15 for adults and $10 for students. No tickets will be available at the door. Space is limited. For more information, contact marie@uri.edu or call 401-874-9037.