Naomi Natale, founder and director of the One Million Bones project, will deliver the annual Peggy Kern Lecture on Women and Society on Tuesday, October 15 at 7:30 p.m. in John Gano Memorial Chapel at William Jewell College. The lecture is free and open to the public.
One Million Bones is a large-scale social arts practice combining education, hands-on art making and public installations to raise awareness of ongoing genocides and mass atrocities in places like Sudan, South Sudan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Somalia and Burma. For three years, One Million Bones worked to collect one million handcrafted bones for an installation event held in June 2013 on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. The installation functioned as a mass grave to honor victims and survivors, and served as a visual reminder of ongoing conflicts to inspire people to take action to stop genocide.
Natale is the co-founder of The Art of Revolution, a group that utilizes art to transform public opinion and inspire creative action towards social change. She also works as an installation artist, photographer and social practice artist, speaking internationally on topics such as social practice works and the power of art and activism. Natale is the recipient of awards including the 2011 Arts and Healing Network Award; 2010 TED Senior Fellowship; 2010 Carl Wilkens Fellowship; 2009 TED Global Fellowship; and 2009 Professional Achievement Award: Richard Stockton College of New Jersey.
The Peggy Kern Lecture on Women and Society is named in memory of the mother of Jewell alumna Penny Kern White of the class of 1968. The lecture honors Peggy Kern, an advocate of education who lived through the Great Depression, sent a husband and son to war, ran a successful business, worked as an active community volunteer and served as a longstanding member of the First Baptist Church of Independence. The annual lecture is committed to addressing contemporary topics and subjects that encourage the betterment of society and women in particular.