PeaceDay 2014

Focused on post-apartheid South Africa

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The International Day of Peace celebration at the University of Louisville will focus Sept. 18 on “Celebrating 20 Years of Democracy in South Africa.”

South African poet-performer Diana Ferrus will give a spoken-word performance, “A Hard Walk to Dignity: South Africa 20 Years After Apartheid,” at 4 p.m. in Thrust Theater, 2314 S. Floyd St., and then participate 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, will be offered at 8 p.m. in Floyd Theater, Swain Student Activities Center.

Students also will distribute 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 offer 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.

For more information, contact Russell Vandenbroucke at 502-852-8448 or or view the flyer.

PeaceDay 2013

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

  • 11:30 a.m. ‒ 1 p.m. “Cards in the Community Service Fair,” West Plaza, outside the Red Barn. This giant celebration of service brings 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.
  • 1 p.m. Pray the Devil Back to Hell, Floyd Theatre. This documentary reveals 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
  • 2:30 Four Little Girls, Floyd Theatre. 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 leads a post-film panel to explore some of the enduring issues relating to justice, Civil Rights and Trayvon Martin.
  • 7 p.m. ‒ 10 p.m. Concert, Red Barn. Adam Dahmer, Zachary Todd, The American Dream, and special performance by the Bamboozle breakdancing crew
  • All Day: Free Hugs and “Soaring Towards a Better Tomorrow in Northern Ireland,” art by youth today as peacemakers

Peace Day 2012

International Day of Peace and Peace Studies Symposium

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.