Peace Day

Each year, UofL commemorates United Nations' International Day of Peace with an event. Read about some of our past events.

Peace Day, 2014

The International Day of Peace celebration at the University of Louisville focused on “Celebrating 20 Years of Democracy in South Africa.”

South African poet-performer Diana Ferrus gave a spoken-word performance, “A Hard Walk to Dignity: South Africa 20 Years After Apartheid,” and then participatde in a panel discussion there with historians Tyler Fleming, UofL, and Steve Davis, University of Kentucky, and African Student Union representative Amina Ahmed.

A showing of “12 Years A Slave,” the 2013 film adaptation of a slave’s narrative memoir, was offered in Floyd Theater, Swain Student Activities Center.

Students also distributed tokens throughout the day as “random acts of kindness” in the student center and at the Thrust Theater event.

UofL’s Peace, Justice and Conflict Transformation Program and the Anne Braden Institute for Social Justice Research offered the free, public events to mark the United Nations’ International Day of Peace. Additional sponsors are the College of Arts and Sciences’ International, Diversity and Engagement Programs office; and the departments of theater arts, history, Pan-African studies and women’s and gender studies.

Peace Day 2013

UofL commemorated United Nations' International Day of Peace in and around the Red Barn!

Cards in the Community Service Fair
This giant celebration of service brought more than 60 community organizations to campus to speak with students directly about their peacebuilding efforts and opportunities for community service. The Office of Leadership and Service organizes it. Free Lunch for those attending.

Pray the Devil Back to Hell
This documentary revealed the inspiring story of a community of Liberian women demonstrating for peace—and helping to achieve it—after years of civil war. Their leader, Leymah Gbowee, subsequently won the Nobel Peace Prize. View the film’s trailer

Four Little Girls
Spike Lee documents the domestic terrorism against a Baptist Church in “Bomingham,” Alabama that occurred only three weeks after the March on Washington 50 years ago. The Department of Pan-African Studies lead a post-film panel to explore some of the enduring issues relating to justice, Civil Rights and Trayvon Martin.

Adam Dahmer, Zachary Todd, The American Dream, and special performance by the Bamboozle breakdancing crew

Peace Day 2012

Video recordings of these talks may be accessed at Peace Day 2012 Video and on the College of Arts and Sciences YouTube Channel

Dr. Vincent Harding: "The Last Years of Martin Luther King Jr. and the Future of America"

Russell Vandenbroucke: "Peace Studies: A Window to Our World"

Susan Duncan, Interim Dean, Brandeis School of Law on Restorative Justice and Adolescence C. Anneta Arno, “Injury and Violence through a Public Health Prevention Lens”

John Mueller, The Ohio State University, "the Demise of War?"

"Hands Across the Divide in Northern Ireland" (art from Ulster Project International: An Adolescent Cross-Community Project).

"Return to the Land of Dragons: Photographic Impressions of Vietnam," U.S. Army veteran Michael Moryc on his return to Vietnam 40 years after serving there." Opening of photo exhibit.