Bross Lecture Series

The Institute for Peace Studies is proud to announce a new (2014) program addition – "The Bross Lecture Series," which honors Drs. John R. and Helen H. Bross, two members of the RMC family and their lifelong witness to peace and involvement with the Institute for Peace Studies. It will explore the wide range of peace education attempts – some positive and some less successful. It is typically held in the Selover Board Room of Bair Family Student Center. It is open to the RMC campus and to the public, by invitation. A smaller, focused group with good interaction following the presentation is our goal.

The first lecture was by Ms. Francine Spang Willis, who spoke on "Coming-to know: overcoming a limited understanding of Native American knowledge" – the focus of her master's thesis. Francine is a former Institute Board Advisor with an impressive professional background that includes serving as the Director of the American Indian Tribal Histories Project with the Western Heritage Center.

The second lecture featured Dr. Danelle Jones speaking on "Virginia Woolf, the Dreadnought Hoax and World Wars" – exploring pacifism, humor, and the British navy – a "ripping good yarn with a lot of humor as well as some serious thoughts about being a pacifist in a time of war."

Danelle's works have appeared in various publications, including the Denver Quarterly, British Writers, Beyond Baroque, and Virginia Woolf: Themes and Variations. She is the author of the Virginia Woolf Writers' Workshop: Seven Lessons to Inspire Great Writing. She has also been a member of the Institute for Peace Studies Board of Advisors.

The third lecture welcomed Dr. Tasneem Khaleel, who spoke on her experience on being a Muslim woman in Billings and clearing up common misunderstandings about Islam.

The fourth lecture was given by Father John Naumann, speaking on his work with Amani.

Scheduled for Spring 2016 is Dr. Tim Lehman.

Please contact the Peace Institute at or 406.657.1042 for additional information on this presentation or this series of lectures.