In our seventh year, our 2016 focus is on how women are leading the way to resolve disputes nonviolently and to achieve understanding and justice for everyone all around the world and right here in Dubuque. The Day of Peace is recognized around the world every September 21, and our Festival is from Monday, September 12 to Sunday, September 25, 2016.

                               Rohina Malik “Unveiled”

Rohina Malik Unveiled Edison Ovations 2014-15

Wednesday, September 21, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. Hoffmann Hall Theater, Loras College

Rohina Malik was born and raised in London, England. At the age of 15 she migrated to Chicago with her family. During a playwrighting and performance class in 2008 in April 2008, she started writing her much-acclaimed play “Unveiled”. She was offered at the end of the class to perform a sample of her play in the Fillet of Solo Festival at Live Bait Theater in July 2008. Since then, “Unveiled” has been presented at theaters in the United States, Canada and in the summer of 2016, South Africa. Racism. Hate crimes. Love. Islam. Culture. Language. Life. Five Muslim women in a post-9/11 world serve tea and uncover what lies beneath the veil in this critically acclaimed one-woman show. Malik returns to Dubuque for a repeat performance of her insightful and entertaining look inside the world of Muslim women.

Malik’s performance will be proceeded by Dubuque Chorale Children’s Choir.

                               Hike to Help Refugees

Photo of Hike to Help Refugees

Saturday September starting at noon

As part of Dubuque’s International Day of Peace Festival, join us for a walk to raise awareness about the plight of the 65 million people uprooted in 2015 by war, oppression, and poverty, and raise funds for the UN Refugee Agency (the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees).

All proceeds will support the work of the UN Refugee Agency to provide shelter, health care, education, and resettlement assistance to refugees and migrants worldwide.

Suggested Donation: $20 adults; $10 students.
At the conclusion of the Hike there will be a free barbeque “BBQ at DBQ” at Clarke University.

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                                     This is How we BBQ in DBQ


Saturday September 24 2:00 – 6:00pm at Clarke University Kehl Center

This community Barbeque is an event where residents can bond and engage with different cultures through free food catered from a variety of local vendors. A live DJ will play family-friendly music.

Activities include milk bottle knockdown, pop bottle ring toss, football tire toss, small putting green, half court shot, and bean bags. Sponsored by Clarke University, Dubuque Branch NAACP, Dubuque Community Foundation, the Dubuque Human Rights Commission, Dubuque Independent Football League, the Dubuque Police Department and Auxiliary Police and The Jule.

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Wednesday, September 21, 2016
  • Join Catholic Sisters in Prayer for Peace
    Starts: 12:30 pm at Sinsinawa Mound, the Motherhouse for the Sinsinawa Dominican Sisters, is located in southwest Wisconsin on County Road Z, off Highway 11, about five miles northeast of Dubuque.
  • Main Event -- "Unveiled"
    Starts: 7:00 pm at Loras College's Hoffmann Hall Theater
Thursday, September 22, 2016
  • Practicing For When Peace Breaks Out: Community Life and the Pursuit of Sustainability
    Starts: 6:00 pm at St. Isidore Catholic Worker Farm 2752 Clay Hollow Road, Cuba City, WI
  • Presentation by Hmong refugee and author Kao Kalia Yang (Divine Word College)
    Starts: 7:00 pm at Divine Word College, 102 Jacoby Dr W, Epworth, IA 52045, USA
Saturday, September 24, 2016
  • Cultivating Peace in Nature
    Starts: 9:00 am at Sinsinawa Mound (10-minute drive from downtown Dubuque) 585 County Rd. Z, Sinsinawa, WI 53824
  • Hike to Help Refugees (The Iowa United Nations Association)
    Starts: 12:00 pm at Route: the Hike will start at Loras College and continue to the University of Dubuque and conclude at Clarke University
  • Murphy Park/REAP Trail (Mississippi Trails Hiking Club)
    Starts: 2:00 pm at Meet at Camp St. beside Locust Hy-Vee
  • This Is How We BBQ in DBQ (Cosponsored with Clarke University, Dubuque Branch NAACP, Dubuque Community Foundation, the Dubuque Human Rights Commission, the Dubuque Police Department and Auxiliary Police and The Jule)
    Starts: 2:00 pm at Clarke University, 1550 Clarke Dr, Dubuque, IA 52001, USA
  • Historic District Coffee House (Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Dubuque)
    Starts: 7:30 pm at Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Dubuque (UUFD), 1699 Iowa Street, Dubuque
Sunday, September 25, 2016
  • Sing for Peace: Evensong Service (Dubuque Area Episcopal Peace and Justice Fellowship)
    Starts: 7:00 pm at St John's Episcopal Church, 1458 Locust St, Dubuque, IA 52001, USA
Monday, September 26, 2016
  • Presentation Lantern Center's "Peace & Burritos" Open House
    Starts: 3:30 pm at Presentation Lantern Center, Suite LL5-1, 900 Jackson St, Dubuque, IA 52001, USA

What is Dubuque's UN International Day of Peace Festival?


A group of Dubuque-area residents invites all to create a culture of peace by participating in a city-wide celebration of the U.N. International Day of Peace on Wednesday, September 21. Since its 1981 inception, the Peace Day has marked humanity’s personal and planetary progress toward peace. The celebration has grown to include millions of people in all parts of the world through events ranging in scale from private gatherings to public events with wide attendance.