Tuesday, April 16 at 7:00pm
A. Paul Schaap Science Center, 1000
35 East 12th Street, Holland, MI 49423-3605
The documentary “A.J. Muste: Radical for Peace/Finding True North” by Dr. David Schock will be shown on Tuesday, April 16, at 7 p.m. in room 1000 of the A. Paul Schaap Science Center.
The public is invited. Admission is free.
Muste (1885-1967), who was one of the most well-known and influential peace activists in the United States, worked for many years as the executive director of the Fellowship of Reconciliation, an interfaith pacifist organization. He spoke out against the nation’s involvement in every war from World War I through the Vietnam War. In his quest for peace he generated controversy for being arrested for participating in protests in the U.S. and meeting with leaders like Ho Chi Minh, yet he also demonstrated in Moscow’s Red Square against nuclear testing.
Muste was born in the Netherlands and grew up in Grand Rapids. After graduating from Hope, he earned degrees from both the Reformed Church in America’s New Brunswick Theological Seminary and the non-denominational Union Theological Seminary. His frustration with economic and social injustice drew him to communism for a time, but he ultimately rejected it and returned to the church.
The documentary “A.J. Muste: Radical for Peace/Finding True North” covers Muste’s origins through his return to Christian pacifism in the 1930s, and features archival images and draws on interviews conducted with historians and people who knew him. The interviews were conducted by Schock, an award-winning independent filmmaker who was formerly a member of the college’s communication and English faculty, and Dr. Kathleen Verduin, a professor of English who chairs the committee that organizes the A.J. Muste Memorial Lecture series. The film runs slightly more than an hour.
Graves Hall is located at 263 College Ave., between 10th and 12th streets.