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DeCoursey Lecture: Nikki Giovanni

October 10, 2016, 7:00pm - October 10, 2016, 8:30pm

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Nobel Peace Prize: 2008

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The 2008 Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to Martti Ahtisaari, of Finland, for his efforts on several continents and over more than three decades, to resolve international conflicts. Ahtisaari was a major contributor when Namibia achieved independence in 1989-90, arbitrated in Kosovo in 1999 and 2005-07, and helped to bring the long-lasting conflict in the Aceh province in Indonesia to an end in 2005. In his Nobel lecture he said: “Wars and conflicts are not inevitable. They are caused by human beings. There are always interests that are furthered by war. Therefore those who have power and influence can also stop them. Peace is a question of will. All conflicts can be settled, and there are no excuses for allowing them to become eternal.”

The Nobel Peace Prize is one of the five Nobel Prizes created by the Swedish industrialist, inventor, and armaments manufacturer Alfred Nobel. Since 1901 it has been awarded annually (with some exceptions) to those who have “done the most or the best work for fraternity between nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses” Over the next few months we’ll be introducing you to the past Nobel laureates, leading up to the award of the 2016 prize in October.

September 29 in Peace & Justice History


September 29, 2002
A London crowd — estimated between 200,000 and 500,000 — protested British and U.S. plans for a “preemptive” invasion of Iraq.

Nobel Peace Prize: 2007

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The 2007 Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, part of the United Nations and to Albert Arnold (Al) Gore Jr., of the United States, for their efforts to build up and disseminate greater knowledge about man-made climate change, and to lay the foundations for the measures that are needed to counteract such change. In his Nobel lecture, former Vice President Gore said, “There is an African proverb that says, ‘If you want to go quickly, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.’ We need to go far, quickly. We must abandon the conceit that individual, isolated, private actions are the answer. They can and do help. But they will not take us far enough without collective action.”

The Nobel Peace Prize is one of the five Nobel Prizes created by the Swedish industrialist, inventor, and armaments manufacturer Alfred Nobel. Since 1901 it has been awarded annually (with some exceptions) to those who have “done the most or the best work for fraternity between nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses” Over the next few months we’ll be introducing you to the past Nobel laureates, leading up to the award of the 2016 prize in October.

A Biography of America

A Biography of America is a video instructional series on American history for college and high school classrooms and adult learners — 26 half-hour video programs, coordinated books, and Web site — produced by WGBH Boston in cooperation with the Library of Congress and the National Archives and Records Administration.

Especially appropriate for The Class of Nonviolence are:

8. The Reform Impulse
The Industrial Revolution has its dark side, and the tumultuous events of the period touch off intense and often thrilling reform movements. Professor Masur presents the ideas and characters behind the Great Awakening, the abolitionist movement, the women’s movement, and a powerful wave of religious fervor.
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September 28 in Peace & Justice History


September 28, 2010
Irish Nobel laureate and peace activist Mairead Maguire (66) was detained after arriving in Israel because she had been deported in June for trying to reach Gaza by boat in defiance of an Israeli naval blockade. Airport officials told her she would not be allowed in to Israel for 10 years.

Nobel Peace Prize: 2006

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The 2006 Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to Muhammad Yunus and to Grameen Bank, both of Bangladesh, for advancing economic and social opportunities for the poor, especially women, through their pioneering microcredit work. In his Nobel lecture Yunus said, “We wanted to go to the moon, so we went there. We achieve what we want to achieve. If we are not achieving something, it is because we have not put our minds to it. We create what we want. . . . I firmly believe that we can create a poverty-free world if we collectively believe in it.”

The Nobel Peace Prize is one of the five Nobel Prizes created by the Swedish industrialist, inventor, and armaments manufacturer Alfred Nobel. Since 1901 it has been awarded annually (with some exceptions) to those who have “done the most or the best work for fraternity between nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses” Over the next few months we’ll be introducing you to the past Nobel laureates, leading up to the award of the 2016 prize in October.

September 27 in Peace & Justice History


September 27, 2011
Protesters demanding that Brazil’s legislators sweep out corruption planted 594 brooms in front of Congress so the 513 members of the House and the 81 senators could see them the next morning.

Nobel Peace Prize: 2005

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The 2005 Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to International Atomic Energy Agency, part of the United Nations and to its Director General, Mohamed ElBaradei, of Egypt, for their efforts to prevent nuclear energy from being used for military purposes and to ensure that nuclear energy for peaceful purposes is used in the safest possible way. In his Nobel lecture ElBaradei said: “Some would say that it is too idealistic to believe in a society based on tolerance and the sanctity of human life, where borders, nationalities and ideologies are of marginal importance. To those I say, this is not idealism, but rather realism, because history has taught us that war rarely resolves our differences. Force does not heal old wounds; it opens new ones.”

The Nobel Peace Prize is one of the five Nobel Prizes created by the Swedish industrialist, inventor, and armaments manufacturer Alfred Nobel. Since 1901 it has been awarded annually (with some exceptions) to those who have “done the most or the best work for fraternity between nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses” Over the next few months we’ll be introducing you to the past Nobel laureates, leading up to the award of the 2016 prize in October.

Monday’s Monument: Bridge of Peace, Tbilisi, Georgia

Monday’s Monument: Bridge of Peace, Tbilisi, Georgia

The 490 foot-long bow-shaped pedestrian bridge spans the Mtkvari River in Tbilisi, capital of Georgia. Dedicated in 2010, it connects Old Tbilisi with the new district. The curvy steel and glass canopy top shimmers with an interactive light display at night, generated by thousands of white LEDs. The pulsating lights communicate, in Morse code, chemical elements from the Mendeleev’s periodic table of the elements that make up a human body. The concept of the Italian designer Michele De Lucchi was “the anthem of life and peace among people and nations.”

September 26 in Peace & Justice History


September 26, 2009
The Australian town of Bundanoon pulled all bottled water from its shelves and replaced it with refillable bottles in what is believed to be a world-first ban.

Nobel Peace Prize: 2004

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The 2004 Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to Wangari Muta Maathai, of Kenya, for her contribution to sustainable development, democracy and peace. In her Nobel lecture she said: “We are called to assist the Earth to heal her wounds and in the process heal our own — indeed, to embrace the whole creation in all its diversity, beauty and wonder. This will happen if we see the need to revive our sense of belonging to a larger family of life, with which we have shared our evolutionary process.”

The Nobel Peace Prize is one of the five Nobel Prizes created by the Swedish industrialist, inventor, and armaments manufacturer Alfred Nobel. Since 1901 it has been awarded annually (with some exceptions) to those who have “done the most or the best work for fraternity between nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses” Over the next few months we’ll be introducing you to the past Nobel laureates, leading up to the award of the 2016 prize in October.

Happy Birthday, Peacemakers!

Miroslav VolfMichael ServetusMiguel de Unamuno

September 25, 1956
Miroslav Volf
“Prejudice is a form of untruthfulness, and untruthfulness is an insidious form of injustice.”

September 29, 1511
Michael Servetus
“To kill a man is not to defend a doctrine, but to kill a man.”

September 29, 1864
Miguel de Unamuno
“My aim is to agitate and disturb people. I’m not selling bread; I’m selling yeast.”

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