The Barbara Sabol Memorial Lecture


The Barbara Sabol Memorial Lecture Series is designed to promote awareness of peace and social issues by bringing recognized personalities to speak to the local community. The lecture is named for a founding member of the Peace and Justice Center who died in 1997.

2021 Sabol Lecture: 

Ron Jones will be the 2021 Barbara Sabol Lecture speaker on October 26

Ron Jones of Dialogues on Diversity will performed “MLK and the Strength of Shared Dreams” as the Peace and Justice Center’s 2021 Sabol Memorial Lecture. The event took place on October 26 at 7:00 p.m. in Burke Auditorium at King’s College, 131 N River St, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18711

Please visit this link to view a video recording of the event (link will be available until 20 December 2021). 

“MLK and the Strength of Shared Dreams” features live character portrayal and video excerpts that showcase the necessity of intersectional activism in fighting race and social issues such as poverty. The 1968 Poor People’s Campaign was born out of Martin Luther King Jr.’s realization that progress in civil rights for African Americans cannot substantially improve their lives without economic justice for all races.

The Dialogues on Diversity website describes this campaign as a “turning point” that brought peoples of different backgrounds, races, and cultures together to demand anti-poverty legislation. While Martin Luther’s King’s Jr.’s leadership for the movement was cut short due to his 1968 assassination, the Poor People’s Campaign still created a historical platform for impoverished Americans.

Ron Jones is the Executive Director and Artistic Principal of Dialogues on Diversity. Dialogues on Diversity is an award-winning social justice theater company centered around diversity. Their 800 performances and lectures across 44 states have not only entertained audiences, but educated them on matters surrounding complex issues of systemic oppression and bias. The company strives to make these typically uncomfortable conversations more accessible as social justice requires multicultural and generational advocacy. 

This event is co-sponsored by the King’s College Economics Department. The Barbara Sabol Memorial Lecture Series aims to promote awareness of peace and social issues by bringing recognized personalities to speak to the local community. 

For more information about Dialogues on Diversity, please visit their website at


Past Sabol Lectures: 

2020 Lecture: 
“Women Power the Vote,” Dr. Susan Poulson, Professor of History at The University of Scranton, author of Suffrage: The Epic Struggle for Women’s Right to Vote, and Dr. Teri Finneman, Assistant Professor of Journalism at the University of Kansas, and author of Press Portrayals of Women Politicians: 1870s to 2000sSeptember 21, 2020 via Zoom.

2018 Lecture:
“The Trouble with My Name.” Dr. Javier Ávila. professor of English at Northampton Community College, and Pennsylvania’s 2015 Professor of the Year awardee by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. King’s College Burke Auditorium. April 7, 2018.

2017 Lecture:
“Re-establishing Law over War.” Dr. Mary Ellen O’Connell, Robert and Marion Short Professor of Law and Research Professor of International Dispute Resolution, at the University of Notre Dame. King’s College. September 21, 2017. 

2016 Lectures:
“Another World Is Possible.” Shane Claiborne, founder and board member of The Simple Way, a faith community in inner-city Philadelphia.
Misericordia University, September 30, 2016. 

“Old Poison in New Bottles: How Racism Thrives in Integrated Schools and Why This Is a Problem of Justice,” Dr. Derrick Darby, Professor of Philosophy at the University of Michigan and Visiting Professor of Law at the University of Chicago School of Law. King’s College, April 5, 2016. 

2014 Lecture: 
“Bread, Roses, and Rest: Securing Meaningful Retirement for All.” Teresa Ghilarducci, Ph.D., the Irene and Bernard L. Schwartz Chair of Economic Policy Analysis at The New School for Social Research King’s College, September 3, 2014. 

2013 Lecture:
“Visiting the Prisoner: Theological-Ethical Reflections on a Forgotten Place,” Kathryn Getek Soltis, Director of the Center for Peace and Justice Education at Villanova University. King’s College, September 26, 2013.

2009 Lecture:
“Courage and Commitment: How Women Are Changing the World,” Pamela Varkony, a nationally recognized writer and commentator. King’s College, October 19, 2009. 

2007 Lecture (10th Annual Lecture):
David Kaczynski, executive director of New Yorkers against the Death Penalty delivered the Peace and Justice Center’s 10th annual Barbara Sabol Memorial Lecture,
King’s College, October, 2007. 

2006 Lecture:
Rev. Dr. Bob Edgar, General Secretary of the National Council of Churches.