Speaker to share experience from recent trip to Baghdad

September 26, 2003

Community activist and advocate for the homeless, Shane Claiborne of the Simple Way Community in Philadelphia, Pa., will speak in the Margaret Ware Dining Room of Maryville College’s Pearsons Hall Thursday, Oct. 2, during lunch from noon until 1:30 p.m., and will continue the conversation in the Center for Campus Ministry at 2 p.m.

Claiborne will share experiences from his recent journey to Baghdad with the Iraq Peace Team, Voices in the Wilderness. He was in Baghdad for several weeks during March of this year. The Maryville College Initiative on Vocation is sponsoring the event.

“ With recent world events, it is important to have a dialogue with people such as Shane who have had first-hand experience with other cultures and religions,” said Melanie Rasnake, director of operations for the Initiative on Vocation. “He has had many experiences others have not, and we thought his insight would be of interest to our students and the community.”

Since the talk will take place in the College’s main dining hall during the lunch period, those attending should look for the reserved tables. Persons wishing to purchase lunch can pay at the door and continue through the serving lines. Lunch is $6.05 per person.

For more information, contact Rasnake at 865.981.8816 or visit www.thesimpleway.org.


Maryville College is ideally situated in Maryville, Tenn., between the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Knoxville, the state's third largest city. Founded in 1819, it is the 12th oldest institution of higher learning in the South and maintains an affiliation with the Presbyterian Church (USA). Known for offering its students a rigorous and highly personal experience that includes an undergraduate research requirement, Maryville College is a nationally ranked institution of higher learning that successfully joins the liberal arts and professional preparation. Total enrollment for the fall 2014 semester is 1,213.