The remainder of the spring lineup of the NYS Writers Institute has been postponed due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

Leymah Gbowee

Liberian peace activist, Nobel laureate

Noon Wednesday, April 15, 2020
Campus Center Ballroom, University at Albany, 1400 Washington Ave., Albany. 
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The event will include a luncheon and is free and open to the public.

Leymah Gbowee is a Liberian peace and women’s rights activist best known for organizing a peace movement that brought together the Christian and Muslim women of Liberia, which played a pivotal role in bringing the country’s fourteen-year civil war to an end in 2003.


This historic triumph ushered in the first female head of state on the African continent with the election of Liberian president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, who was shored up by the same women who brokered peace for the nation. Both Gbowee and Sirleaf shared the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize with Yemeni activist and journalist Tawakkol Karman.

Leymah Gbowee is the subject of the award-winning documentary Pray the Devil Back to Hell (2008) and her memoir Mighty Be Her Powers (2011).

Gbowee launched the non-profit organization Gbowee Peace Foundation Africa in 2012, which is based in Monrovia, Liberia, and provides education and leadership development for women, girls, and young people. Her speaking engagements are supported by the nonprofit Peace is Loud.


The Department of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies is pleased to bring this event to the University at Albany in partnership with the following:

NYS Writers Institute; Center for Leadership and Service;

Center for Women in Government & Civil Society;

Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy;

College of Arts and Sciences;

College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security, and Cybersecurity;

School of Social Welfare;

School of Business;

School of Public Health;

School of Criminal Justice;

Departments of Africana Studies; Anthropology; Communications; Latin American, Caribbean, & U.S. Latino Studies; Sociology; and University Auxiliary Services. 


NYS Writers Institute

Science Library 320

University at Albany

1400 Washington Avenue
Albany, NY 12222

(518) 442-5620

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