Opening sessions, Peacestock 2016. Hobgoblin Farm, Red Wing, MN, July 9, 2016. Peacestock is a mixture of speakers, activists, and musicians. Peacestock features timely topics and seeks speakers who are well respected on those topics. On Saturday, July 9th, 2016, the 14th Annual Peacestock: A Gathering for Peace took place at Hobgoblin Barn just west of Red Wing on Highway 19.
Michael German is a fellow with the Brennan Center for Justice’s Liberty and National Security Program, which strives to ensure that our US government respects human rights and freedoms in conducting the fight against terrorism.
Mr. German worked for sixteen years as a special agent with the FBI where he specialized in domestic terrorism and covert operations. He left the FBI in 2004 after whistle blowing on the deficiencies of the FBI’s counterterrorism operations. Mr. German then worked with the ACLU in Washington D.C. office.
Mr. German is a prolific writer and has appeared on many news media programs. He wrote his first book Thinking Like a Terrorist: Insights of a Former FBI Undercover Agent which was published in 2007. Another recent book is The Terror Factory: Inside the FBI’s Manufactured War on Terrorism. One of his essays was entitled, “Why Doesn’t the Intelligence Community Care Whether Its Security Programs Work?”
Dr. Todd Green is an associate professor of European and American religious history and interfaith dialogue at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, where he has taught for eight years. He acquired his Ph.D at Vanderbilt University. He also teaches in Europe and is the past co-chair of the Religion in Europe Group of the American Academy of Religion. He also is currently on the editorial board for the journal Religions. He is a prolific writer of books, essays and blogs for The Huffington Post. His most recent book is The Fear of Islam: An Introduction to Islamophobia in the West (Fortune Press 2015. Dr. Green is also editor for Islam, Immigration and Identity (MDPI 2014). Dr. Green has appeared regularly on CNN, NPR, Al-Jazeera, Reuters, as well as others.
Bells were rung on the first Armistice Day (Now Veterans Day) to celebrate the end of the war. They were rung around the world on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month.
The Wild Colonial Bhoys are a highly acclaimed Irish rock and folk band based in the Twin Cities. They are one of the top bands at Irish festivals around the country. Their most recent album, On Our Own, received very high acclaim and they played some of those tunes as well as some other tunes they have not yet played at other Peacestocks.
Nate is a well-known speaker on the big picture issues facing human society. Until recently he was lead editor of The Oil Drum, one of the most popular and highly-respected websites for analysis and discussion of global energy supplies and the future implications of energy decline. Nate is currently on the Boards of Post Carbon Institute, Bottleneck Foundation, IIER and Institute for the Study of Energy and the Future. Nate addresses the opportunities and constraints we face after the coming end of economic growth. Nate addresses the evolutionarily-derived underpinnings to status, addiction, and our aversion to acting about the future and offers suggestions on how individuals and society might better adapt to what’s ahead. Nate has appeared on PBS, BBC, ABC and NPR, and has lectured around the world. He holds a Masters Degree in Finance from the University of Chicago and a PhD in Natural Resources from the University of Vermont. Previously Nate was President of Sanctuary Asset Management and a Vice President at the investment firms Salomon Brothers and Lehman Brothers.