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April 10, 2017

Creating Peace from Conflict concludes America in Times of Conflict series

The America in Times of Conflict series presents its final program, Creating Peace from Conflict, from 10 a.m. until noon, Saturday April 22, at the Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Ave. This free two-hour program culminates the series with theatrical and musical performances, veterans’ stories and audience participation that explores the ways individuals who have experienced war have created inner peace.
“After spending the last six months diving into the personal stories of people who have been affected by our country’s time in conflicts, we wanted to end it with the peace and positive impact on the community that comes from that turmoil,” said Mary Sagar, administrative librarian.
“Many of the performers at this program are veterans who have graduated from ASU or are currently attending the university,” Sagar added.
In addition to the performances, images from photographer Devin Mitchell’s Veterans Vision Project will be on display. The photo documentary features military service members with the intention of capturing the human side of military service. 
America in Times of Conflict is a collaborative series presented by Chandler Public Library, Chandler Museum and Chandler Center for the Arts. It started on Nov. 5, 2016, with Courageous Stories of Arizona Military Aviators. Through panel discussions, lectures, movies and performances, attendees of the series explored World War II, Japanese American internment, Korean War, Vietnam, the Morenci Nine, Ira Hayes and women in the military.  
This final program is the result of a  partnership with ASU Office for Veteran and Military Academic Engagement; ASU Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts – Music Therapy Program; ASU School Film, Dance and Theatre; ASU School of International Letters and Cultures (Classics); and Veterans For Peace.

America in Times of Conflict is made possible through a grant from the Arizona State Library to the Chandler Public Library under the Library Services and Technology Act, which is administered by the Institute of Museum and Library services.
Tickets are not required for attendance to this free event. For more information on America in Times of Conflict programs, call 480-782-2800 or visit
About America in Times of Conflict
America in Times of Conflict is a collaborative series of panel discussions, exhibits, movies, lectures and performances made possible through a partnership between Chandler Public Library, Chandler Museum, Chandler Senior Center and Chandler Center for the Arts. Running November 2016 through April 2017, its programs explore the stories and perspectives that emerged in our community during conflicts in American history, including World War II, Korean War, Vietnam War and recent wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Many of the programs in this project are supported by the Arizona State Library, Archives & Public Records, a division of the Secretary of State, with federal funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
About Chandler Public Library
Serving residents of Chandler and the East Valley since 1954, Chandler Public Library has a commitment to being the reading, learning and cultural center of the community. As the information leaders, we provide a variety of resources, in a variety of formats, so library users of all ages can explore topics of personal interest and continue to learn throughout their lives. Chandler Public Library is part of the City of Chandler Cultural Affairs Division. Find us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram.