The sixth annual William Stafford Symposium begins Friday at 7 p.m. with a multimedia presentation that includes photography, music and a short documentary on life in Iraq.

This event, which is free, will take place at First Unitarian Church, 1011 S.W. 12th Ave. in Portland.

On Saturday the symposium continues at Lewis and Clark College with presenters discussing responses to the war in Iraq, conscientious objectors in World War II and conflict mediation. There will also be a guided writing session.

The day will conclude with a chamber music performance at 6:30 p.m. and poetry reading at 7 p.m.

On Sunday, presenters will look at the lives of William Stafford and two other conscientious objectors during World War II. A guided writing session and question-and-answer period with the presenters will also take place.

There is a fee and registration is required for Saturday and Sunday events, which take place at Albany Quadrangle, Smith Hall on campus. Hours are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

For a complete schedule, presenter biographies, credit information and registration materials, visit or call the William Stafford Center at 503-768-6162.

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