Emory 21 Days of Peace

21 Days of Peace

Peace Day LogoIn 1981, the United Nations established September 21 as the International Day of Peace, with the goal of “commemorating and strengthening the ideals of peace both within and among nations and peoples.”

Emory Institute for Developing Nations (IDN), in partnership with Emory Campus Life, in collaboration with The Carter Center Human Rights Program and the United States Institute of Peace—was inspired to expand on the one-day campaign by developing a three-week calendar of events titled “Emory 21 Days of Peace.” In the hopes of affirming peace as an alternative to the seemingly ubiquitous violence around the world, the goal of Emory 21 Days of Peace is to educate, inspire, and empower students with tangible skills to work for peace both in their local and global communities. 

Sept 1–21: Emory Peacemakers
Peacemakers throughout Emory University will be featured from September 1 to 21. Emory peacemakers are community builders, committed to justice, inquire courageously and are globally minded while locally grounded. Submissions are welcome using the peace #hashtags below. Take a photo of someone you know and describe how that person is a peace builder within the Emory community. Students, staff, alumni, and friends of the university are encouraged to post a photo using the hashtags: #Emory21DaysofPeace and #PeaceDayChallenge

Location: Social media (Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram)
Event leads: Chris Dickson, cofounder of Brothers for Peace and representative of Emory Center Advancing Nonviolence (ECAN), and Peter Dickson, cofounder, Brothers for Peace, ECAN

Sept 1–21: Prayers and Meditations for Peace
Led by the Office of Spiritual and Religious Life at Emory, 21 Days of Prayer and Meditation is an invitation for peace to become a part of your embodied connection to God and the world around you. We invite you to pause and position yourself in a way that opens your senses to the ways of peace moving in the world. As you read these prayers, be mindful of conflict, oppression, and suffering throughout the world and be renewed through the commitment to practice peace in all aspects of your life. Students, staff, alumni, and friends of the university are encouraged to post a photo using the hashtags: #Emory21DaysofPeace and #PeaceDayChallenge. Please also use the social media for The Office of Spiritual and Religious Life: Twitter: OSRL125; Facebook: Office of Spiritual and Religious Life; Instagram: emoryOSRL.
Location: Social media (Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram)
Event lead: Rev. Kevin Crawford, assistant chaplain, Office of Spiritual and Religious Life

Sept 1–21: Debate Training
Debate is a form of communication that encourages one to listen to various sides of an issue and be open to feedback. The Atlanta Urban Debate League encourages critical thinking, listening, reflection, and effective communication to help create a more just and peaceful world. The tournaments provide judge-training opportunities to Emory students who will assist debates in middle and high schools. Judge training is provided in the morning on the day of the event.
Location: Varies; please see tournament calendar at www.atlantadebate.org.
Event lead: James Roland, senior director, Civic and Community Engagement; executive director, Atlanta Urban Debate League; director, ECAN, Emory Campus Life

Sept 2, 11:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m.: Welcoming Day of Service
Volunteer Emory invites you to Welcoming Day of Service, an annual Emory tradition that brings more than 500 students off-campus to work with a variety of service organizations ranging from food banks to animal shelters. You can connect with fellow first-years, Oxford continuees, and transfer students; learn about a variety of Atlanta communities; and directly engage in service and social justice work. This year, students can choose to participate from 23 different metro-Atlanta community partners.
Location: Please report to McDonough Field by 11:30 a.m. and transportation will be provided to all students. Register Now
Event leads: Samara Robbins, student director for Days of Service and Courtney Jones-Stevens, associate director, Center for Civic and Community Engagement, Emory Campus Life

Sept 6, Noon–1:00 p.m.: Emory 21 Days of Peace sponsors Wonderful Wednesday
Also present at Wonderful Wednesday on September 13 and 20. Emory’s Student Government Association will host Emory 21 Days of Peace as a sponsor of Wonderful Wednesday. On September 6, refreshments will be provided by Refuge Coffee. On September 13 and 20, we invite you to continue participating in Emory 21 Days of Peace social media campaign during Wonderful Wednesdays.
Location: Asbury Circle
Event lead: Gurbani Singh, president, Student Government Association

Sept 12, Noon: Translating Research to Policy --EVENT POSTPONED DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER.  New Date TBD
A workshop to guide students on how to translate their research into policy, particularly linking research with organizations and building long-term relationships that result in concrete solutions. Presenters will involve different schools and departments including the Departments of Political Science and Anthropology, Emory School of Law, and the Rollins School of Public Health.
Location: Psychology and Interdisciplinary Studies (PAIS) 220.  Lunch will be provided.
Event leads: Obse Ababiya, senior program coordinator, IDN, and Rachel Harmon, doctoral student, Political Science Graduate Program

Sept 13, 8:00 p.m.: Carter Town Hall Meeting
Emory Campus Life invites you to join the Emory community to welcome President Jimmy Carter for the thirty-sixth-annual Carter Town Hall. President Carter, a University Distinguished Professor at Emory since 1982 and cofounder of the IDN, will address the Emory community and answer questions submitted by students.
Location: Woodruff P.E. Center
This is a ticketed event. Please contact Emory Campus Life for more information.

Sept 22, Noon: FINALE - Keynote Speaker: Marguerite Barankitse
Emory 21 Days of Peace will culminate on September 22 with a discussion featuring Marguerite Barankitse, world-renowned Burundian humanitarian and founder of Maison Shalom. When Burundi’s terrible civil war erupted in 1993, Barankitse witnessed and was the victim of murderous attacks. She found herself caring for hundreds of children who had no one to care for them, prompting her to found Maison Shalom, a complex of schools, hospitals, and a network of care extending throughout Burundi, focusing on children’s welfare and rights while challenging ethnic discrimination. The scope of her action as well as the fact that she protects all children without consideration of their origin, Tutsi or Hutu, brought her praise from all corners of the world. She is the winner of many international awards, including the Opus Prize, which recognizes unsung heroes who are conquering the world’s most challenging problems; the Prize for Conflict Prevention, presented to her by Ambassador Kofi Annan and awarded annually by Fondation Chirac, launched in 2008 by former French president Jacques Chirac; a $1.1M Aurora Prize for awakening humanity, an award given to humanitarians in memory of the Armenian genocide; and the Voices of Courage Award of the Women’s Commission for Women and Refugee Children. She holds an honorary degree from Emory University. Read More.
Location: The Center for Ethics Commons (room 102) • REGISTER NOW 
Event leads: Obse Ababiya, senior program coordinator, IDN and Farah Al-Chammas, founder and copresident, Refugee Revive, student, Emory College
This event will be streamed live online by The Carter Center’s Human Rights program at facebook.com/forumonwomen 


Emory 21 Days of Peace committee acknowledges the overlap of the UN International Day of Peace (fixed on September 21) and Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. Emory University is a community that thrives because of its diversity. Our commitment to living beyond diversity, and to the ideals of pluralism, sometimes means that significant occasions for different groups will coincide. To that end, we would like to offer our full support to the Jewish community. The month leading up to Rosh Hashanah is called Elul. In preparation for the purity and wholeness represented by the New Year, Jewish communities and individuals participate in practices of self-reflection and repentance. We offer our support and commitment to the diversity of this university and to the Jewish community by showing our thanks for the understanding they have expressed in our dialogue and continued efforts to build a nurturing college experience for all religious traditions on campus. 

What we mean by peace and why

Peace involves more than the absence of tension and violence. Positive peace involves social justice.

Moving from violence to peace involves working to end violence and intentionally laying the groundwork for sustainable, just peace. This requires individual, community, and state action to address multiple, integrated issues locally and globally.

Principles of peace building–being inclusive, treating all parties with dignity, engaged listening and dialogue—apply locally and globally.

Violence has become normalized in our global culture in our homes and communities, through entertainment and media, and in the ways that power and inequality are articulated locally and globally. It is a threat to the well-being of all and the future of our planet.

Violence occurs in many forms, including but not limited to physical violence.

Violence at the local level is directly linked to violence in other parts of the world. For example, anti-immigrant violence in the US is linked to violence in Central America and the Middle East through US policies in the regions and people fleeing violence.

Building peace within communities is key to sustainable, just peace. The Carter Center’s peacebuilding efforts, for example, increasingly focus on support for civil society organizations in conflict areas. Similarly, efforts to address diversity, inclusion, and violence on campuses involve focused listening, dialogue, and engagement within college communities.

Through a social media campaign linked to the United States Institute for Peace’s #PeaceDayChallenge as well as Emory’s #Emory21DaysofPeace and The Carter Center, we will share information about peace building in addition to highlighting what individuals and organizations at Emory are doing to build peace locally and globally.

Emory’s 21 Days of Peace will critically engage connections between building peace on a local level—such as Black Lives Matter, anti-immigrant movements, domestic violence, growing socioeconomic inequality—and building peace globally—such as conflict mediation, mass migration, human trafficking, and countering violent extremism.

21 Days of Peace Social Media

Through a social media campaign linked to the U.S. Institute for Peace’s #PeaceDayChallenge and Emory’s #Emory21DaysofPeace and The Carter Center, we will share information about peacebuilding as well as highlight what individuals and organizations at Emory are doing to build peace locally and globally

  • Post daily on Tweeter or Facebook using #Emory21DaysofPeace and #PeaceDayChallenge
  • Let us know about students, faculty, staff, and campus organizations who are working to advance peace at Emory, in the community, and beyond
  • Join us on Wonderful Wednesday at Emory’s 21 Days of Peace photo booth, answer a peace question, take a picture, and post it on twitter and facebook using #Emory21DaysofPeace and #PeaceDayChallenge
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