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Emily Greene Balch Lecture: Peace Activist and Nobel Peace Prize Winner

Meadville Lombard is pleased to invite you to attend a free lecture sponsored by the Unitarian Universalist History & Heritage Society. This lecture will be hosted by Meadville Lombard and highlights the life and work of Emily Greene Balch, a peace activist, teacher, and Nobel Prize winner.  

  • When: 5:30 PM, Tuesday, March 12, 2013 
  • Where: Meadville Lombard, 610 S. Michigan Avenue, Floor 6, Chicago, Illinois
  • Who: Author and scholar Kristen Gwinn-Becker, PhD, will lecture 


More about the event:

Emily Greene Balch (1867-1961) was an important Progressive Era reformer and advocate for world peace. Born into a prominent Boston Unitarian family, she later joined the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers). Balch was a professor of economics and sociology at Wellesley College for twenty years until the board of trustees terminated her contract over her opposition to World War I.  She then took a leading role in the peace movement as a founding member of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF). In 1946 she was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in honor of her lifelong dedication to the cause of peace.

This free lecture sponsored by the Unitarian Universalist History & Heritage Society (UUHHS) in cooperation with Meadville Lombard Theological School. 


Meadville Lombard Theological School is located in the award winning Spertus Institute directly across the street from Chicago's Grant Park. Spertus was designed by Krueck + Sexton Architects of Chicago in 2007 and is located at 610 S. Michigan Avenue in the heart of Chicago's historic academic and cultural corridor.

The speaker, Kristen Gwinn-Becker, PhD, is an accomplished scholar in the field of U.S. Women's History and a successful entrepreneur. In addition to her Master's Degree from Trinity College Dublin, she studied Museum Studies at Harvard University, and obtained a Doctorate in U.S. History from George Washington University.

She is the author of Emily Greene Balch: The Long Road to Internationalism (University of Illinois Press, 2010), the first scholarly biography of the second U.S. woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize.