BLUFFTON — Bluffton University will host the traveling exhibit “Voices of Conscience” until March 31 in Musselman Library.
The library is open from 8:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday and 4 to 10 p.m. Sunday.
The exhibit remembers the witness of peace-minded people against World War I.
Bluffton University to host “Voices of Conscience” exhibit and events
BLUFFTON, Ohio – From Feb. 17 through March 31, Bluffton University will host the traveling exhibit “Voices of Conscience” in Musselman Library.
This dramatic exhibit remembers the witness of peace-minded people against the First World War from 1914-1918 and immerses visitors in the historical experience of witnessing for peace during “total war.” “Voices of Conscience” also suggests parallels to the culture of war and violence in our world today. The exhibit was developed and produced at the Kauffman Museum in North Newton, Kan., and was underwritten for Bluffton University by Jacob T. and Lola Friesen in memory of Jacob L. and Helena Friesen and Jacob J. and Eva Friesen.
A complimentary exhibit will be showcased alongside “Voices of Conscience.” “Of Bronze and Bravery: Local Voices of Conscience,” features selected works by artist John Peter Klassen, with archival documents and artifacts illustrating the Bluffton College experience in the Great War.
Jacob T. Friesen, North Newton, Kan., served as pastor at First Mennonite Church in Bluffton while John Peter Klassen was a parishioner. “I am excited to see the breadth of experience and knowledge that is being represented in the series of events at Bluffton related to this exhibit,” said Friesen. “This exhibition resonates with me as I remember growing up in a Russian Mennonite farming community in Minnesota, through college years during WWII with a ministerial deferment, to MCC in Germany following WWII, to my pastoral time at First Mennonite Bluffton during the Vietnam era.”
Library hours are 8:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday. Weekend hours are 1-4 p.m. on Saturday and 4-10 p.m. on Sunday.
Many works by Klassen, who developed the art program at Bluffton, are featured on campus including the Klassen Court display of bronze plaques and sculptures that reflect the human suffering and impact of war during the Russian Revolution. A self-guided art trail, featuring Klassen’s work as well as work by former students or those inspired by Klassen has been developed. Trail maps can be found at the exhibit, related presentations and the Lion and Lamb Peace Arts Center.
Bluffton University is also hosting a number of exhibit-related presentations that provide opportunities to learn more about the history of conscientious objection at Bluffton and beyond. Below is a preview of these events. All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.