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The Perpetual Peace Project

The Perpetual Peace Project at Haverford College

Sponsored by the Slought Foundation, the Center for Peace and Global Citizenship, and the John B. Hurford '60 Humanities Center

Immanuel Kant's treatise, Perpetual Peace.

Immanuel Kant, Perpetual Peace.


  • Thursday, February 10th
    Public Talk
    7:00 p.m. - Featuring project organizers Aaron Levy, Martin Rauchbauer and Gregg Lambert
    Sharpless Auditorium
  • Friday, February 11th
    Student Workshops
    Limited to 20 students - Apply to take part.
    Humanities Center Seminar Room, Stokes 102


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    Featuring the voices of students at Haverford College in conversation about what peace means to them. Conversations ranged from a student from Tunisia reflecting on recent political developments there, to remarks focused on Haverford's Quaker heritage and its approach to conflict resolution.
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The Perpetual Peace Project, inspired and named after Immanuel Kant's treatise, is predicated on the belief that no one institution or individual can clearly claim or guarantee a mastery of the concept of peace. Today, as in Kant's time, the concept of peace remains abstract and continues to be defined negatively as an absence of war. For this reason, the project takes on initiatives within multiple institutions, to create the conditions for proposing yet again the idea of peace. The project is not attempting to actively formulate public policy; rather to conceptualize a peace movement, raising questions about how such a movement might occur. This project can be understood through Kant's notion of 'publicity;' its many forums enable us to move conversations in different directions with multiple perspectives. Eventually, this conversation must include everyone, since no one can claim to have absolute knowledge concerning the idea of peace. The Perpetual Peace Project is an initiative of the Slought Foundation and Syracuse University Humanities Center, in partnership with the European Union National Institutes of Culture, the United Nations University, and the International Peace Institute.


Perpetual Peace locations on Haverford Campus.

Perpetual Peace locations on Haverford Campus.

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Collaborating with the Slought Foundation, Haverford's Center for Peace and Global Citizenship and Hurford Humanities Center are hosting an open public talk by project organizers Aaron Levy Executive Director and Chief Curator, Slought Foundation; Martin Rauchbauer. Deputy Director, Austrian Cultural Forum; and Gregg Lambert, Founding Director, Syracuse University Humanities Center on Thursday, February 10th at 7:00 p.m. in Haverford's Sharpless Auditorium.

Then, on Friday, February 11th, Haverford will host three student workshops devoted to different aspects of the project, outlining the diversity and range of ways peace can be theorized and understood. Limited to 20 students, each workshop will be filmed and / or recorded, that documentation subsequently forming part of the archive of such workshops held around the world — Lahore, Beijing, Hong Kong, and most recently, in New York at the New Museum.

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How to Apply

To apply, explore the Perpetual Peace Project's website; then, email by 5pm on Monday, February 7th with your name, year, major, and a paragraph considering the following:

  • What does "perpetual peace" mean to you?
  • What is your interest in the Perpetual Peace workshop?
  • What ideas would you like to bring to and/or what would you like learn from the workshop?

Please let us know *all* the times which work for you. All workshops will take place in the Humanities Center's Seminar Room, Stokes 102.

  • 9:00 am - 10:30 am (Breakfast provided)
  • 11:30 am - 1:00 pm (Lunch provided)
  • 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm (Afternoon snack provided)

Finally, keep an eye out around campus for media stations showing selections from the Perpetual Peace Project film initiative, which features practitioners, philosophers, and the public in conversation about contemporary prospects for reducing geopolitical conflict.

Perpetual Peace Project Partners

International Peace Institute European Union National Institutes of Culture United Nations University The Slought Foundation Syracuse University Humanities Center