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    Dolores Huerta, Architect of Peace, to be honored at Official Ceremony

    Oct 6, 2010

    Dolores Huerta, co-founder of the United Farm Workers Union and one of the "Architects of Peace" named by the non-profit Architects of Peace Foundation, will be given an honorary degree on Oct. 21. After the degree ceremony, her official portrait for the Architects of Peace project will be unveiled for display at Pacific.

    The Architects of Peace Foundation hopes to inspire people by showing portraits of "the world's peace makers." Pacific is one of six universities in the United States that will host a permanent "Architects of Peace" exhibit.

    "Dolores Huerta is a civil rights champion who is dedicated to improving the lives of others," said Pamela A. Eibeck, president of Pacific. "Her leadership, determination and compassion exemplify Pacific's values and provide our students with a model of engaged citizenship."

    The Architects of Peace project was established in 2006 by photographer Michael Collopy. Collopy photographed 70 people who he believed inspired people to resolve conflicts and build a more peaceful world and then published those photos in a book titled "Architects of Peace." That project has since grown and now features more than 160 people, including Pacific graduates Sakena Yacoobi '77 and Dave Brubeck '42.

    Pacific's Architects of Peace Display will include photos of Huerta, Brubeck, Yacoobi, Desmond Tutu, President Jimmy Carter, George Lucas, Jacques Cousteau, Cesar Chavez, The Dalai Lama, David Brower, Amartya Sen, Jane Goodall, Linus Pauling, Alice Walker, Maya Lin, Mohammed El Baradei, Mother Theresa, Nelson Mandela, Norman Borlaug, Oscar Arias Sanchez, Paul Krugman, Phil Lane, Jr., Quincy Jones, Rajendra Pachauri, and Wangari Maathai. The exhibition will be installed this fall in Pacific's Wendell Phillips Center, the home of the College of the Pacific.

    The honorary degree ceremony and portrait unveiling will be held in the Faye Spanos Concert Hall. Due to space limitations, the event is by invitation only. For more information about the Architects of Peace project or the Foundation, visit http://www.architectsofpeace.org/.