FRESH AYERS: Nancy Kurshan & Frank Joyce - "The People Make the Peace" - with Bill Ayers

Sunday, January 17, 2016 - 3:00pm - 4:30pm

Nancy Kurshan, Frank Joyce and Bill Ayers discuss The People Make the Peace: Lessons From The Vietnam Anti-War Movement.

At 57th Street Books


About the book: Since the end of the Vietnam War, many still struggle to come to terms with this tumultuous period in U.S. history. In The People Make the Peace, nine U.S. activists discuss their roles in the antiwar movement, including their risky wartime travels to Vietnam to engage in people-to-people diplomacy, and their reflections upon revisiting the country in 2013. The book also includes interviews with U.S. veterans who are now working in Vietnam. These stories of successful peace organizing will challenge the myths that still linger from that era, and inspire a new generation seeking peaceful solutions to war and conflict today.

About the author: Nancy Kurshan was a staff member of the National Mobilization Committee Against the War for the 1967 march and civil disobedience at the Pentagon. A founding member of the Yippies, she helped organize the 1968 Democratic Convention protests and worked on the Chicago 8 trial. Nancy attended the 1970 Stockholm Peace Conference, traveled to Vietnam in May 1970, and helped stage anti-war demonstrations outside the U.S. Consulate in Moscow, in Kent, Ohio and New Hampshire. She worked as a social worker for 20 years in the Chicago Public Schools and is on the Board of Directors of Pedro Albizu Campos High School in Chicago's Puerto Rican community. She was active in the movement around wars in Central America, and a founding member of the Committee to End the Marion Lockdown focusing on the racist nature of incarceration, discriminatory internment of political prisoners and the proliferation of longterm solitary confinement in U.S. prisons.

About Frank Joyce: The life long political activism of Frank Joyce began with the civil rights movement. He joined the Northern Student Movement (NSM) in the early 1960’s and later helped found People Against Racism (PAR).  He has been in involved in many labor, anti-racist, human rights and anti-war campaigns since.

Joyce has worked in factories, retail establishments and a number of media organizations. He has won journalism awards in print, radio and television. He was a member of the UAW International Union staff for eighteen years, including twelve years as director of the Public Relations and Publications Department.

Currently he is a communications consultant to labor and community organizations. He is active in building the emerging New Work/New Culture movement in Detroit and elsewhere.

Joyce chairs the board of The Working Group (TWG), a non-profit media production company that supports the anti-hate movement Not In Our Town (NIOT) and Not In Our Schools (NIOS). He has served for many years on the board of the Michigan Coalition for Human Rights (MCHR).  He is a member of the Coordinating Committee of the National Council of Elders (NCOE). 

His writing is published at AlterNet ( and elsewhere. His book, co-edited with Karin Aguilar-San Juan, The People Make The Peace, Lessons From The Vietnam Anti-War Movement, was published by Just World Press in September, 2015. 

He and his wife Mary Anne Barnett live in Grosse Pointe Park, Michigan. They have 3 adult sons and three grandchildren. 

About Bill Ayers: Bill Ayers is an educator, peace and justice activist, and author of Public Enemy, Fugitive Days, To Teach, and several other books on teaching as an ethical, political and intellectual pursuit.  

Event Location: 
57th Street Books
1301 E. 57th Street
Chicago, IL 60637