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Upcoming Lecture June 28,  6 pm

A Peace of My Mind: American Stories with John Noltner

“In a world that asks us to focus on the things that can separate us, A  Peace of My Mind invites us to explore the common humanity that connects  us.” 

                             – John Noltner, founder, A Peace of My Mind

Since 2012, award-winning photographer and author John Noltner has driven 40,000 miles across the United States asking people the simple question, “What does peace mean to you?”

With portraits and personal stories, ordinary people reveal extraordinary insights into how we can work toward common good and create a world that is more just for all.
Holocaust survivors, refugees, artists, former prisoners, teachers,
immigrants, veterans, and more share their thoughts and inspiring stories in a series that celebrates our common experience and sense of community.
Founded in 2009, this multimedia arts project self-published its first book in 2011, through a successful Kickstarter campaign. Featuring interviews of 52 diverse individuals in Minnesota the book is accompanied
by two traveling exhibits, speaking engagements and workshops, serving as a catalyst for public dialogue around issues related to conflict resolution, civic responsibility, social justice, and peace.

With a compelling new collection of stories, A Peace of My Mind is ready to engage on a national stage with a second book, American Stories, to inspire and empower people from diverse backgrounds to create positive  change in the world. A Peace of My Mind’s combination of art and storytelling transcends barriers and provides a human approach to the
challenging issues of today.

John Noltner Biography

With images and words as his medium, John Noltner has been telling stories for twenty years

for national magazines, Fortune 500 companies, and non-profit organizations. His work has

appeared in National Geographic Traveler, Forbes Magazine, Midwest Living, and the New York

Daily News, among other publications.

Throughout his career, John has managed logistics for editorial and commercial clients, both

nationally and internationally, having worked on three continents. He carefully arranges details

and builds relationships with his clients and subjects, using humor, understanding, and

compassion to craft compelling and insightful stories.

A Peace of My Mind is John’s flagship effort, allowing him to use storytelling as a vehicle for

bridging social, political, and cultural differences. Since 2009, he has been asking people the

simple (or not so simple) question, “What does peace mean to you?” The project combines

photographs of diverse subjects and their personal stories exploring the meaning of peace. He

has included the voices of Holocaust survivors, homeless individuals, political refugees and

others.

Ela Gandhi, granddaughter of Mahatma Gandhi, wrote the forward to his first book based on the

art project, and says this:

“John Noltner takes us on a unique journey filled with revelations of courage and commitment,

resilience and hope. It is a beautiful journey that speaks to our innermost being. It touches us in

a way that allows us to see the world from a different perspective. Perhaps it will inspire us to

become peacemakers.”

A Peace of My Mind has been presented at the Nobel Peace Prize Forum, the Peace and

Justice Studies Association, the Sojourners Summit for Change, the Dayton International Peace

Museum and has received both regional and national awards.

John is a member of the American Society of Media Photographers, the Peace and Justice

Studies Association, and the Minnesota Alliance of Peacemakers.





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