Omni Center for Peace, Justice, and Ecology Records

MC 1850

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Special Collections Department
University of Arkansas Libraries

365 N. McIlroy Avenue
Fayetteville, Arkansas 72701-4002
Phone: 479-575-8444
Email: specoll@uark.edu

Machine-readable finding aid encoded in EAD by Andrew Donovan, 2011

Finding aid is written in English.

Table of Contents

Descriptive Summary

Creator
Omni Center for Peace, Justice, and Ecology
Title
Omni Center for Peace, Justice, and Ecology Records
Inclusive Dates
1983 - 2006
Identification
MC 1850
Extent
4.5 linear feet (4 boxes)
Language
Materials are in English.
Repository
Special Collections Department, University of Arkansas Libraries

Access Information

Please call (479) 575-8444 or email specoll@uark.edu at least two weeks in advance of your arrival to ensure availability of the materials.

Use Information

No Use Restrictions Apply.

No Interlibrary Loan.

Standard Federal Copyright Laws Apply (U.S. Title 17).

Acquisition Information

The Omni Center for Peace, Justice, and Ecology Records were donated to the Special Collections Department, University of Arkansas Libraries, on October 22, 2009, by Richard Bennett of Fayetteville, Arkansas.

Processing Information

Processed by Andrew Donovan; completed in September, 2011.

Preferred Form of Citation

Omni Center for Peace, Justice, and Ecology Records (MC 1850), Special Collections Department, University of Arkansas Libraries, Fayetteville.

See Special Collections Citations Guide for more detailed information on how to cite specific documents from the collection.

Biographical Note

The OMNI Center for Peace, Justice, and Ecology is an organization based in Fayetteville, Washington County, Arkansas that is dedicated to world peace, non-violence, human rights, social justice, and a variety of environmental issues. Founder of the OMNI Center and former University of Arkansas English professor, Richard Bennett, was born in 1932 to Volney and Mildred Bennett in Harrison, Boone County, Arkansas. He attended the University of Arkansas, where he was rush chairman of his fraternity and a member of ROTC and graduated as a Lieutenant. He joined the Air Force and was stationed at a coastal radar station in California. In 1960, during his service, he earned his doctorate in Literature from Stanford University in Palo Alto, California. While attending Stanford, Bennett joined the American Civil Liberties Union, which he is still an active member. His first teaching position was at the University of Montana in Missoula, where he was a member of a group opposing McCarthyism. When he accepted a position at the University of Arkansas in 1965, he joined the Peace Organization Committee, a group of 80-100 people who protested the Vietnam War with rallies and symposiums. In the 1980s Bennett attempted to donate money to the Fulbright Institute to hold annual symposiums on anti-war topics, but was only granted one symposium in 1984. Bennett retired from the University of Arkansas in 1997. Wanting to continue his career as a peacemaker, Bennett established the Peace Writing Award in 1999, provided financial support to the construction of the Peace Prayer Fountain at the Fayetteville Town Center, and eventually founded the OMNI Center in the spring of 2001.

The first official OMNI event was a showing of the John Denver Memorial Cloth at Arsaga’s Coffee Shop East, on July 26, 2001. The first annual event was a memorial for the victims of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings. The ceremony was held at the Fulbright Peace Fountain on the anniversary of the bombings on August 5, 2001. This event occurs each year as a recommitment to peace. On September 9, 2001 the OMNI Center’s office was established in the basement of United Campus Ministries (UCM), making it an official organization with a location. That day OMNI and UCM dedicated a peace pole on the front lawn with the message “May Peace Prevail on Earth” in four languages. On February 20, 2002, an initial steering committee was formed, the new by-laws were established, and officers were selected by the committee. Its official purpose according to the by-laws is to “conduct public education and discussion dealing with peace concerns, social justice, and environmental protection and sustainability.”

After the U.S. invasion of Iraq in March 2003, Bennett very clearly stated OMNI’s opposition to the war in a public statement and sponsored numerous demonstrations protesting the war. Since the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq began, OMNI has sponsored many protests and rallies against them. Other annual events and celebrations include United Nations Day, Peace Heroes’ Awards Banquet, the Peace Film Award, International Women’s Day, and Earth Day. Monthly and weekly activities put on by OMNI include “Open Mic For Peace,” where the public is invited to share songs and poetry about peace; “Video Underground,” a video series on war and peace; and “Short Takes,” a weekly show on Fayetteville Community Access Television about war and peace. The OMNI Center has also been responsible for organizing and promoting events such as lectures, panels, forums, and seminars, throughout Northwest Arkansas.

Scope and Content Note

The collection contains organizational materials, correspondence, event promotional materials, newspaper clippings, and photographs.

Materials are periodically added to this collection so researchers are encouraged to consult the finding aid on a regular basis.

Arrangement of the Papers

Materials are arranged by topic.

Detailed Description of the Collection

The following contains a detailed list of the materials in the collection

Box 1

Box 1 Folder 1

OMNI Center Organizational Maerials, 2001 - 2005

Box 1 Folder 2

Steering Committee Meeting Minutes, October 27, 2003 – July 21, 2005

Box 1 Folder 3

Steering Committee Meeting Minutes, September 15, 2005 – August 17, 2006

Box 1 Folder 4

Steering Committee Agendas, 2002 - 2004

Box 1 Folder 5

Steering Committee Agendas, 2005 - 2006

Box 1 Folder 6

Correspondence, September 19, 1983 – December 5, 2002

Box 1 Folder 7

Correspondence, February 25, 2003 – December 23, 2003

Box 1 Folder 8

Correspondence, January 15, 2004 – September 23, 2004

Box 1 Folder 9

Correspondence, January 1, 2005 – August 7, 2005

Box 1 Folder 10

Correspondence, August 17, 2005 – December 21, 2005

Box 1 Folder 11

Correspondence, January 2, 2006 – March 14, 2006

Box 1 Folder 12

Correspondence, March 15, 2006 – June 29, 2006

Box 1 Folder 13

Correspondence, July 11, 2006 – December 14, 2006

Box 1 Folder 14

OMNI Newsletters, 2002

Box 1 Folder 15

OMNI Newsletters, January 2, 2003 – March 13, 2003

Box 1 Folder 16

OMNI Newsletters, March 22, 2003 – June 18, 2003

Box 1 Folder 17

OMNI Newsletters, July 8, 2003 – December 19, 2003

Box 1 Folder 18

OMNI Newsletters, January 6, 2004 – May 13, 2004

Box 1 Folder 19

OMNI Newsletters, May 26, 2004 – November 14, 2004

Box 1 Folder 20

OMNI Newsletters, January 24, 2005 – August 5, 2005

Box 1 Folder 21

OMNI Newsletters, August 13, 2005 – December 30, 2005

Box 1 Folder 22

OMNI Newsletters, January 3, 2006 – June 23, 2006

Box 1 Folder 23

OMNI Newsletters, August 18, 2006 – December 28, 2006

Box 1 Folder 24

Peace Conversations, Correspondence, November 3, 2004 – April 20, 2005

Box 1 Folder 25

Peace Conversations, Event Promotional Materials, April 14, 2004 and April 21, 2005

Box 2 Folder 1

Peace Conversations, “Guide to Community Dialogue”

Box 2 Folder 2

Peace Conversations, General Materials, April 21, 2004 – May 18, 2005

Box 2 Folder 3

Peace Heroes’ Awards Banquet, Correspondence, August 18, 2003 – May 15, 2006

Box 2 Folder 4

Peace Heroes’ Awards Banquet, Nominations, 2004

Box 2 Folder 5

Peace Heroes’ Awards Banquet, Nominations, 2005

Box 2 Folder 6

Peace Heroes’ Awards Banquet, Nominations, 2006

Box 2 Folder 7

Peace Heroes’ Awards Banquet, Newspaper Clippings, February 19, 2005 – January 22, 2006

Box 2 Folder 8

Peace Heroes’ Awards Banquet, Invitations, 2004 - 2006

Box 2 Folder 9

Peace Heroes’ Awards Banquet, Event Promotional Materials, 2004 - 2006

Box 2 Folder 10

Peace Heroes’ Awards Banquet, General Materials, 2004 - 2006

Box 2 Folder 11

Event Promotional Materials, April 27, 2001 – October 13, 2002

Box 2 Folder 12

Event Promotional Materials, April 11, 2003 – December 26, 2003

Box 2 Folder 13

Event Promotional Materials, January 22, 2004 – December 15, 2004

Box 2 Folder 14

Event Promotional Materials, January 21, 2005 – April 23, 2005

Box 2 Folder 15

Event Promotional Materials, January 2, 2006 – June 22, 2006

Box 2 Folder 16

Event Promotional Materials, July 13, 2006 – December 12, 2006

Box 2 Folder 17

Event Promotional Materials, April 25, 2002 – March 4, 2004

Box 2 Folder 18

Poetry and Artwork

Box 2 Folder 19

Pre-OMNI Center General Materials, 1981 – 1999

Box 2 Folder 20

OMNI Center General Materials, 2000 - 2002

Box 2 Folder 21

OMNI Center General Materials, 2003

Box 2 Folder 22

OMNI Center General Materials, 2004

Box 2 Folder 23

OMNI Center General Materials, 2005

Box 2 Folder 24

OMNI Center General Materials, 2006

Box 2 Folder 25

Newspaper Clippings, May 21, 2000 – December 23, 2001

Box 3 Folder 1

Newspaper Clippings, January 5, 2002 – December 29, 2002

Box 3 Folder 2

Newspaper Clippings, January 1, 2003 – December 28, 2003

Box 3 Folder 3

Newspaper Clippings, January 2, 2004 – December 15, 2004

Box 3 Folder 4

Newspaper Clippings, January 2, 2005 – June 3, 2005

Box 3 Folder 5

Newspaper Clippings, June 4, 2005 – December 9, 2005

Box 3 Folder 6

Newspaper Clippings, June 4, 2005 – December 9, 2005

Box 3 Folder 7

Photographs, August 5, 2001 – December 2001 (Images 1-111)

Box 3 Folder 8

Photographs, January 21, 2002 – August 6, 2002 (Images 112-243)

Box 3 Folder 9

Photographs, August 6, 2002 – November 7, 2002 (Images 244-379)

Box 3 Folder 10

Photographs, January 2003 – November 2003 (Images 380-543)

Box 3 Folder 11

Photographs, March 20, 2004 – July 2004 (Images 544-663)

Box 3 Folder 12

Photographs, August 4, 2004 – October 31, 2004 (Images 664-746)

Box 3 Folder 13

Photographs, January 27, 2005 – August 5, 2005 (Images 747-864)

Box 3 Folder 14

Photographs and Negatives, August 5, 2005 - n.d. (Images 865-930) (Negatives 70)

Box 3 Folder 15

Photographs, 931 - 1028, February 2006 – July 2006 (Images 931-1028)

Box 3 Folder 16

OMNI Center Events Photographs, 2005 - 2006 (4 DVDs)

Box 3 Folder 17

OMNI Center Recommended Books, Video, and Music, October 30, 2002 - September 28, 2004

Box 3 Folder 18

Ozarks at Large and Anti-war Rally Recordings, 2001, 2006 (2 Cassettes)

Box 3 Folder 19

Anti-war OMNI Buttons

Box 4 Folder 1

OMNI Posters, 2001 - 2006

END OF COLLECTION

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