To mark the International Day of Peace on September 21, Swarthmore students and faculty gathered in the Science Center to view the film, Peace One Day, that documents the journey of Jeremy Gilley as he lobbied world leaders and organized grassroots supporters to formalize an international day of peace under the auspices of the United Nations.
An introduction and a presentation by Gilley are available below.
Peace and Conflict Studies Professor Jennifer Magee and students appeared in the “This Week in Pictures” coverage of the event in The Phoenix.
What will you do to make peace on September 21, 2011, the International Day of Peace?
Join the Lang Center for Civic and Social Responsibility and the Peace and Conflict Studies Program for a screening of “Peace One Day” followed by a moderated discussion with Profs. Jennifer Magee and Lee Smithey about the documentary and an exploration of the impact of an International Day of Peace.
In 1999, filmmaker Jeremy Gilley had a simple but powerful idea – persuade the world to lay down its weapons for a day. Two years later, the member states of the United Nations declared an annual day of global ceasefire and non-violence on 21 September. Despite the humanitarian successes in Afghanistan and in other parts of the world, a global ceasefire still proves elusive. In this third film, Jeremy continues to record his extraordinary efforts to achieve the seemingly impossible.