The Peace Garden Gala is back!

Physicians for Social Responsibility of PA
The Harrisburg Peace Garden Association

cordially invite you to attend

The Peace Garden Gala

Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2021
West Shore Country Club, Camp Hill


Joyce M. Davis
Opinion Editor, PennLive
The Patriot-News
“Will There Ever Be Peace in the Middle East?”

We’re back! Although we couldn’t hold the Peace Garden Gala in 2020 due to the pandemic, the Peace Garden itself didn’t miss a beat. Now it’s time to gather once again in support of this mission in service of health and peace, at both the global and community level. As always, we offer you the opportunity to join together for an evening of fellowship, conversation, good food, and a chance to explore important issues of the day.
Joyce Davis, a long-time supporter of PSR and the Peace Garden, is our
featured speaker this year. Currently serving as Opinion Editor for PennLive and The Patriot-News, Ms. Davis is known for her expertise and international experience on many subjects, but especially on the Middle East.
The evening’s proceeds will help support the Harrisburg Peace Garden
Association. Its mission is to support the garden founded in 1990 by what was then the Harrisburg-Hershey chapter of Physicians for Social Responsibility. The garden, which stretches for nearly half a mile on the banks of the scenic Susquehanna River, is maintained by the Association in concert with the City of Harrisburg and in partnership with the Rotary Club of Harrisburg. Here we plant flowers, trees, and ideas of peace, justice, health, and harmony with our planet.
About our speaker. . .
Joyce M. Davis has an extensive and distinguished career in the field of journalism. Speaking several foreign languages, having lived abroad in France, Athens, and Prague, her work for some of the most respected media organizations in the United States has given her a deep and extensive knowledge of the Middle East.
Known to PSR-PA members and supporters of the Harrisburg Peace Garden through her position as Vice President of Content for WITF, Director of Communications for the city of Harrisburg, and most recently as Opinion Editor for PennLive and The Patriot-News, Ms. Davis started her career as a night reporter for the New Orleans Times-Picayune, where she worked for 18 years. During that time, as she assumed increasing responsibilities, she initiated and edited an international Op-Ed column for the editorial page.

This early interest in international affairs took her to National Public Radio as its Middle East editor, and eventually as Senior Foreign Editor. She then worked in Knight Ridder Newspapers’ Washington bureau and chaired the National Press Club’s Speakers Bureau.
Prior to moving to Harrisburg in 2008, she served as Associate Director of Broadcasting for Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty in Prague. In this role she supervised hundreds of staff assigned to radio and internet services to countries in the Middle East and Central Asia.
Ms. Davis’ interest in foreign affairs is reflected in her founding of the World Affairs Council of Harrisburg in 2010, along with a group of internationally connected community leaders from Central Pennsylvania. She has also written extensively, including two books: Between Jihad and Salaam: Profiles in Islam, and Martyrs: Innocence, Vengeance and Despair in the Middle East.
A graduate of Loyola University, she holds a Master’s degree in journalism from the Center for the Formation and Perfection of Journalism in Paris as part of a program sponsored by the European Union and Columbia University. She has also been awarded four honorary doctorate degrees, including one from Kyrgyz International University for her work in advancing a free and independent press in the former Soviet Union, and for securing the free flow of information to Kyrgyzstan during the “Tulip Revolution” of 2005.
Joyce, as we know her through her support for the Peace Garden as well as her work in central Pennsylvania, is married to Russel W. Goodman, a pastor in the United Methodist Church. They live with their son, Cole Davis Goodman, in Susquehanna Township.
Her speech, “Will There Ever Be Peace in the Middle East?”, will follow an hour of conviviality among friends and fellow seekers of peace.
Please join us!
Wednesday, October 13
6:00 Cash bar - 7:00 Dinner
Please return the reservation by October 2!
We will be charged a $10 penalty for late reservations.