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The Perpetual Peace Project is pleased to release recordings featuring the voices of students at Haverford College in conversation about what peace means to them.

The conversations with students in the departments of Political Science, Philosophy, and Peace, Justice, and Human Rights ranged from a student from Tunisia reflecting on recent political developments there, to remarks focused on Haverford College's Quaker heritage and its consensus-based approach to conflict resolution.

About the Workshops

The Perpetual Peace Project seeks to explore how the discourse of peace is negotiated and understood on the campus of Haverford College. Through seemingly minimal gestures, including media stations, public programs, and student workshops, the Perpetual Peace Project re-imagines academic and cultural spaces at this historically Quaker institution, in order to promote renewed dialogue, interaction, and reflection about peace and conflict in contemporary society.

Seven media stations have been strategically distributed throughout the Haverford College campus in public spaces including cafeterias, libraries, and hallways. At each media station, the Haverford community is invited to view selections from the Perpetual Peace Project film initiative, which features practitioners, philosophers, and the public in conversation about geopolitical conflict and possibilities for perpetual peace (click here for more information).

Preceded by a public conversation with project organizers Aaron Levy, Gregg Lambert, and Martin Rauchbauer, the workshops invited students from a variety of courses to engage in a discussion of Kant's essay on Perpetual Peace, Haverford's historic relationship to peace movements, and contemporary geopolitical events. The courses included "Political Theory: From Plato to Postmodernism," "Applied Ethics of Peace, Justice and Human Rights," "Politics of Globalization," and "Sovereignty." The workshops thus built curricular ties with undergraduate courses concerned with Immanuel Kant's writings on perpetual peace and its contemporary relevance.


The recordings featured on this webpage are from lectures and workshops conducted at Haverford College on February 9-10, 2011. They were led by Aaron Levy, Executive Director of Slought Foundation; Gregg Lambert, Director of the Syracuse University Humanities Center; and Martin Rauchbauer, a diplomat with the Austrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The workshops were organized and presented by Haverford's Center for Peace and Global Citizenship and Hurford Humanities Center. They were facilitated at Haverford College by Israel Burshatin, Alexander Kitroeff, Parker Snowe, James Weissinger, and Matthew Seamus Callinan.

Click here for Haverford College's website
Click here for information about other workshops

Listen to the Recordings

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Workshop #1
Student discussion with Katie Ulrich, Nora Landis-Shack, Lowell West, Justin Coulter, Geoffrey Henderson, Mariah Braxton, Allison Martinez-Davis, Lynne Ammar
(75 min)

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Workshop #2
Student discussion with Emma Mongoven, Aaron Madow, Rachel Kobasa, Kristin Tan, Matthew Cebul, Jacquelyn LaBua, Lawrence Wang, David Block, Evangeline Krajewski
(79 min)

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Workshop #3
Student discussion with Peter Boal, Brett Cohen, Abigail Brown, Sofia Athanassiadis, Ariel Field, Ivy Moody, Zeina Husseini, Sam Gant, Travis Taylor, Zachary Reisch, Helen Wistman
(88 min)

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