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The Perpetual Peace Project is pleased to release videos created and selected by students and staff from Beaconhouse National University (BNU) in Lahore, Pakistan speaking about what peace means to them.

The often unheard voices featured in this dialogue add another dimension to the broader understanding of peace that the Perpetual Peace Project seeks to cultivate. They respond to Pakistan's current situation as a country subject to cultural and religious conflict as well as acts of terrorism that severely limit public freedoms. Their comments are often self-reflexive and particularly intimate, and serves as an inspiration for all to consider what peace means to each of us.


- "Peace is something, its a kind of a freedom, you know, that you can still be yourself and move around freely in the city, express yourself, and know that no one is going to be angry at you for holding the views that you have or for being what you are."

- "Peace is being able to walk around without any fear."

- "I think peace is very interlinked with justice--justice with your society and justice with yourself."

- "Peace is having freedom and this freedom is not to cross anyone else's freedom."

- "Peace would be when different groups of people, with different ideologies, different aspirations, and different ways of looking at life, harmoniously agree to live together for the benefit of each other and without detriment to one another."

- "I think the most important thing is to use your work as a meditation. Basically, you're living in the real world, with your own work, and you are not looking for a peace that is invisible."

- "Peace is more of a state I can be in and not belonging to what my surroundings are. It has to be inside me. It's just a state, state of being, like happiness is, the way peace is. It doesn't have to have conditions like no sound, no activity. It's just a state of mind."

About the Workshop

The videos featured on this webpage are from ongoing workshops conducted at Beaconhouse National University (BNU) in Lahore, Pakistan. They were initiated in September 2010, as part of a series of public programs and workshops involving students, artists, architects, and social theorists, and continued through October 2010.

Initial workshops were led by Aaron Levy, Executive Director of Slought Foundation and a United States Cultural Envoy to Pakistan. The aim of this workshop was to explore ideas of peace and social responsibility with reference to current conditions, within the framework of cultural dialogue. This program is organized by David Chalmers Alesworth of Beaconhouse National University and has been made possible through the generous support of Slought Foundation, the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA), U.S. Department of State, Washington, DC, and the United States Consulate in Lahore.

Click here for information about other workshops.

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