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Women, War & Peace, PBS Series Focuses on Leymah Gbowee, Nobel Peace Prize Recipient

The Chuck Jones Center for Creativity's dear friend, Kelly Smith, of the Orange County Center for Living Peace was thrilled to hear that Leymah Gbowee of Liberia was one of this year's Nobel Peace Prize recipients.  Ms. Gbowee is the subject of the bold, new PBS five-part series "Women, War & Peace". Documentary filmmaker Abigail Disney (the grandneice of Walt Disney) and actress Geena Davis will be on hand next Wednesday, October 13th beginning at 7:30 PM at the Pacific Ballroom in the University of California — Irvine's Student Center to discuss the film where they challenge the conventional wisdom that war and peace are men's domains.  This important event is sponsored by the Center for Living Peace and will be moderated by Kelly Smith.

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Leymah Gbowee and Abigail Disney, photo Gabrielle Revere and O Magazine

Post-Cold War proliferation of small arms has changed the landscape of war, with women becoming primary targets and suffering unprecedented casualties. Yet they are simultaneously emerging as necessary partners in brokering lasting peace and as leaders in forging new international laws governing conflict. 

With depth and complexity, Women, War & Peace spotlights the stories of women in conflict zones from Bosnia to Afghanistan and Colombia to Liberia, placing women at the center of an urgent dialogue about conflict and security, and reframing our understanding of modern warfare.

For more details and to attend this event, click here for ticket and event information.

TEDx SAArtistsVillage Examines “EXTRAordinary” at Yost Theater, October 1

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(SANTA ANA, CA) – September 2, 2011 – Creative Orange County presents TEDxSAArtistsVillage, on Saturday, October 1, 2011 from 9am – 5pm at the historic Yost Theater in Downtown Santa Ana. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. TEDxSAArtistsVillage is an independently organized event licensed by TED. 

Curated and produced by Creative Orange County, TEDxSAArtistsVillage will examine the meaning and interpretation of “EXTRAordinary,” be it unusual, remarkable, common, ordinary, or other. The program will include topical speakers, short film/video (1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners of the 1st Annual Creative Orange County Short Film/Video Festival), pre-recorded TED Talks and live musical performances.

LIVE speakers and performers scheduled to appear at TEDxSAArtistsVillage include (other guest speakers and musicians still to be announced) – - 

  • Brianna Karp, Author – The Girl’s Guide to Homelessness
  • Lisa Bloom, Trial Lawyer, Author – Think: Straight Talk for Women to Stay Smart in a Dumbed-Down World
  • Mildred Lewis, Co-Owner, The Fox Lewis Project
  • Kelly Smith, Founder – Center for Living Peace
  • Laurie Hassold, Multi Media Artist
  • Gregorio Luke, Impresario- Murals Under the Stars
  • Craig Kausen, Chairman of the Board – Chuck Jones Center for Creativity
  • Jeff Lebow, Co-Founder – The Harvest Club
  • Kohl Crecelius, CEO – Krochet Kids International
  • Amber Kandarian, Founder – DocuThesis
  • Lindon A. Crow, Personal Growth Coach

TEDxSAArtistsVillage will coincide with Downtown Santa Ana’s first Saturday Artwalk beginning at 5pm the same evening, providing TEDx guests opportunity to experience extended creativity and culture following the conference.

Tickets for TEDxSAArtistsVillage are on sale and available online at http://www.tedxsaartistsvillage.com. The ticket price is $55 for general admission and will include the complete Saturday conference program including an interactive reception following.

About TEDx

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x=independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.

About TED

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 25 years ago, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives. The annual TED Conference invites the world's leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes. Their talks are then made available, free, at TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Al Gore, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani,Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Isabel Allende and UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown. The annual TED Conference takes place in Long Beach, California, with simulcast in Palm Springs; TEDGlobal is held each year in Oxford, UK. TED's media initiatives include TED.com, where new TEDTalks are posted daily, and the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as the ability for any TEDTalk to be translated by volunteers worldwide. TED has established the annual TED Prize, where exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world are given the opportunity to put their wishes into action; TEDx, which offers individuals or groups a way to host local, self-organized events around the world, and the TEDFellows program, helping world-changing innovators from around the globe to become part of the TED community and, with its help, amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.

TED2011, "The Rediscovery of Wonder," was held February 21-25, 2011, in Long Beach, California, with the TEDActive simulcast in Palm Springs, California.  Follow TED on Twitter at twitter.com/TEDTalks, or on Facebook at facebook.com/TED.  

About Creative Orange County

Creative Orange County is a "think tank @ the intersection of culture, commerce and community".  Vision is to inspire, engage Orange County CA to be a "Creative" Community Showcase via partnerships and collaborations with like minded individuals and organizations.  Visit www.creativeorangecounty.com for more information.

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*This independent TEDx event is operated under license from TED.

Media Contact: Ashley Eckenweiler,The ACE Agency

 949.285.9239, ashley@theaceagency.com

Program Contact: Susan L. Petrella, Creative Orange County

714.975.0284, creativeorangecounty@hotmail.com