In our sixth year, our 2015 focus is on how climate change impacts peace issues such as violent conflict, refugees, and resource allocation. Anticipating the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris set for early December we have additional events.
The Day of Peace is recognized around the world every September 21, and our Festival is from September 11 to 27, 2015.

Dr. Reese Halter
Dr. Reese Halter

Featured event: Climate Change and Peace

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.
Find out more about Dr. Reese Halter at his webpage Earth Dr. Reese Halter.

Photo of Hike to Help RefugeesHike to Help Refugees

Loras College, University of Dubuque, Clarke University, and the Iowa UNA are working together for peace!
$20 adult, $10 student
Register at, or on-site beginning at Noon on the 19th! The starting point is at Christ the King Chapel, near the peace pole on the Loras College campus. We will then touch base outside Blades Chapel at the University of Dubuque end at the Clarke University atrium.
Note: Limited number of t-shirts will be available for $15 Join us for a “City Hike” — we’ll be hiking through the neighborhoods of Dubuque, from Loras College to the University of Dubuque to Clarke University. Take your hiking gear to the city sidewalks!
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This Is How we BBQ in DBQ

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.
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Events on Tuesday, September 18, 2018
100 Thousand Poets for Change
Starts: 7:00 pm at The Smokestack, 62 E 7th St, Dubuque, IA 52001, USA
Events on Wednesday, September 19, 2018
Drumming for Peace, Canticle of Creation Center
Starts: 6:30 pm /div>
Events on Thursday, September 20, 2018
Strategies for Nonviolent Resistance: A conversation with Paul Engler
Starts: 6:00 pm at Loras College, Wahlert Hall room 101
Events on Friday, September 21, 2018
Prayer for Peace
Starts: 12:30 pm at Sinsinawa Dominican Sisters, 585 Co Rd Z, Sinsinawa, WI 53824, USA
Historic Poster Exhibit commemorating the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
Starts: 1:30 pm at lobby area near the Loras College Alumni Ballroom
Paul Engler Speaker "This is an Uprising: How Nonviolent Reveolt is Shaping the 21st Century
Starts: 7:00 pm at Loras College, Alumni Campus Center
Events on Saturday, September 22, 2018
Just to Live is Holy: Women Religious and a Tradition of Art, Faith, and Justice
Starts: 10:00 am at Dubuque Museum of Art, 701 Locust St, Dubuque, IA 52001, USA
UN Walk for Refugees
Starts: 12:00 pm at Begins at the Loras Chapel, past University of Dubuque then on to Clarke University Atrium.
Starts: 1:00 pm at Kehl Center, Clark Univerity
Music and Poetry of Peace and Justice, Historic District Coffee House
Starts: 7:00 pm at 1699 Iowa St, Dubuque, IA 52001, USA
Events on Sunday, September 23, 2018
Concert Across America
Starts: 1:00 pm at University of Dubuque Blades Hall
Events on Tuesday, September 25, 2018
Flyover Country: A Poetry Reading
Starts: 6:30 pm at Sinsinawa Mound Center, 585 Sinsinawa Rd, Sinsinawa, WI 53824, USA
Events on Saturday, September 29, 2018
Tapestry Concert for Refugee Children
Starts: 6:00 pm at Inspire Cafe, 955 Washington St #105
Events on Sunday, September 30, 2018
Ecumenical Peace Vespers
Starts: 7:00 pm at Divine Word College chapel, 102 Jacoby Dr SW, Epworth, IA.

What is Dubuque's UN International Day of Peace Festival?


A group of Dubuque-area residents invites all to create a culture of peace by participating in a city-wide celebration of the U.N. International Day of Peace on Satufday, September 20 and Sunday, September 21. 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 through events ranging in scale from private gatherings to public events with wide attendance.

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