Emory 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. The events are open to the Emory community and work towards highlighting positive peace initiatives locally & abroad. 

Welcoming Day of Service
Saturday, Sept 8, 2018 – 11:00am-4:30pm

Volunteer Emory invites students 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 classmates; learn about a variety of Atlanta communities; and directly engage in service and social justice work.
Location: Emory Quadrangle (Quad). For information visit www.volunteeremory.org

Jimmy Carter Town Hall
Wednesday, Sept 12, 2018 – 8:00pm

Emory Campus Life invites the Emory community to welcome President Jimmy Carter for the thirty-seventh-annual Carter Town Hall. President Carter, University Distinguished Professor at Emory since 1982 and co-founder of the IDN, will address the Emory community and answer questions submitted by students. This event is geared to first year students and is open to the Emory Community.
Location: Woodruff P.E. Center. This is a ticketed event. For more information please view The Emory Calendar of Events.

Advocacy and Civic Engagement Training Workshop
Thursday, Sept 13, 2018 – 4:30-6:30pm

Emory 21 Days of Peace in partnership with Center for Civic and Community Engagement, The Barkley Forum, and The Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum presents an advocacy and civic engagement training workshop. This workshop will provide students the skills and tools to identifying and analyze problems; explore how to change power dynamics; apply the basics of communication and persuasion for advocacy; determine how and where to engage in policy change for social justice; apply research, planning, and organizing strategies to engage and empower citizens and grassroots groups; and apply different influence and engagement strategies and activities used in advocacy.
Location: Dobbs University Center (the older building attached to the east end of the DUC) - Alumni Memorial University Center (AMUC) Room # 225 • RSVP NOW

Organizing for Social Change Workshop
Saturday, Sept 15, 2018 – 10:00am-5:00pm

Emory 21 Days of Peace presents a day long training on organizing for social change by partnering with Midwest Academy, a national training institute committed to advancing the struggle for social, economic, and racial justice, enabling ordinary people to actively participate in the democratic process. The training provides concrete skills as well as a framework for thinking about how to do effective progressive organizing. The tools taught are compatible with a wide variety of organizing models, and provide a framework for critical and constructive thinking about how to achieve the goals of your particular organization, constituency, issue mix, and social and political context locally and globally. Open to Emory University students. Students must commit to attending the entire training from 10 am-5:00 pm. This training is free and lunch is provided. Limited Space. Applications are now being accepted on a rolling basis. Applicants will be notified by September 14.
For more info email IDN@emory.edu

Writing to Change the World Workshop
Sunday, Sept 16, 2018 – 10:00am-5:00pm

As part of the tangible skills for peacebuilding, Emory students will have the opportunity to participate in a day-long “Write To Change The World" seminar which is designed to test assumptions about our individual knowledge, and what it takes to be influential on a large scale. Participants will explore the source of credibility; the patterns and elements of persuasion; the difference between being “right” and being effective; how to preach beyond the choir; and how to think bigger about knowledge—to have more impact in the world. Participants emerge with concrete results, including the outline for an OpEd. Emory 21 Days of Peace is presenting this workshop by partnering with The OpEd Project, an organization which has an excellent track record of partnering with universities across the US, to help them channel their best ideas to media gatekeepers, and disseminate these ideas to the broadest audiences. Participants will also have ongoing access to The OpEd Project national network of high-level Mentor-Editors, for individual feedback on their work. Participants must commit to attending the entire training from 10-5. This training is free and lunch is provided. Limited Space. Applications are now being accepted on a rolling basis. Applicants will be notified on September 14.
For more info email IDN@emory.edu

Film Screening of Merci Congo and Conversation with Neema Namadamu
Wednesday, Sept 19, 2018 – 6:30pm
Merci Congo, an independently produced 90 minute documentary that exposes the humanitarian impact of mining in East Congo. It is a story of a beautiful but troubled land told by an amazing group of people who have decided that Congo matters. An American college student, a Congolese polio survivor, a schoolteacher, a mother, a political activist, the CEO of a major tech firm—each committed to individual causes, large and small. Whether supporting victims of sexual violence or demanding clean water for a city; whether empowering women in remote areas with technology or cutting funds to rebels by changing a business model, each of these activists tells their story of how they are trying to bring peace.A conversation will follow the screening between Neema Namadamu, a humanitarian from DRC and founder of Maman Shujaa or Hero Women in Swahili, featured in Merci Congo and Erin Crysler, Associate Director, The Carter Center Democracy Program, who manages the Extractive Industries Governance project in the Democratic Republic of Congo. View Trailer
Location: Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum • RSVP NOW 
Shuttle service from Emory to The Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum is available upon request. During the registration process, please let us know if you need this service.

Finale Event: A Conversation with Neema Namadamu and Emory Student Peace Builders
Friday, Sept 21, 2018 – Lunch event Noon-2pm

A Conversation between Neema Namadamu and Emory student peace builder on being a peacemaker in our local and global communities. Neema Namadamu is the founder of Maman Shujaa or Hero Women in Swahili, which supports women and girls empowerment in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), a country the UN has identified as one of the worst in the world for women and girls. Neema Namadamu was born in Itombwe, a remote region in East Congo beset with humanitarian and environmental conflicts. She is deeply committed to improving the lives of women and girls in this conflict-ridden region. Stricken by polio at the age of two, she grew up hearing she was cursed by God and money should not be wasted on her education. Her mother, however, believed in her daughter’s abilities and carried her to and from school on her back. Neema went on to become the first woman with disabilities to graduate from college in DRC. She served in Parliament and as a Chief Advisor to the DRC’s Minister of Gender and Family. To this day she talks about how grateful she is for the polio that struck her at 2 years old, allowing her to circumvent the village tradition of being married off at 12. Neema has been a tireless advocate for women and girls, for peace and for the most marginalized indigenous people. http://www.herowomenrising.org/in-the-media
Location: Ethics Center Room 102 • RSVP NOW 

Please tell us what you are doing to support peace and post it o social media
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Emory 21 Days of Peace organizers acknowledge the overlap of some of the event dates and the Jewish holidays. 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. We would like to offer our full support to the Jewish community and wish our Jewish friends and neighbors L’Shanah Tovah Tikateivu - blessings for a good and sweet new year. 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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