"We prepare students to engage in the world that is and to help bring about a world that ought to be."
For nearly two decades, Friends Seminary has set aside a week devoted to the study of the Quaker testimony of Peace. Affectionately known as Peace Week, this observance calls the whole community to reflect on Peace as it relates to a pressing global or national challenge. Through classroom activities, division-wide programs and all-school events, students, parents/guardians, faculty and administrative staff deepen their understanding of core values, sense of social and environmental responsibility and skills for bringing about a world that ought to be. Punctuated annually by an evening speaker, Peace Week brings to campus an intellectual and moral leader of great influence whose visit catalyzes deeper reflection and conversation.
Peace Week 2020 centered on the theme of Our Climate Our Future. Through a variety of classroom activities and through the visits of two speakers, Dr. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson and David Wallace-Wells, then we examined our role, both individual and collective, in bringing about a just and equitable climate future that marries people and planet, policy and business. Considering Friends Seminary’s call to peace, equity and justice and the Quaker testimony of stewardship, we feel the most fitting response as a community is to engage in education, dialogue and action toward a sustainable future.

Click here to view the Peace Week 2020 photo gallery.




PREVIOUS PEACE WEEK THEMES AND SPEAKERS

2019

Justice and Mercy: Transforming Conflict into Connection
Bryan Stevenson, speaker


2018

Seeking Refuge: the Ethics and Politics of Migration and Immigration
Sonia Nazzario, speaker


2017

The New America: Listening Across the Divides
George Packer, speaker


2016

Let Your Life Speak
Chelsea Clinton, speaker
Photo Gallery
Speech


2015

A Path Appears: Transforming Lives, Creating Opportunities
Nicholas Kristof and Maro Chermayeff, speakers


2014

Legacies of Peace: Choosing to Use the Gift of our Lives to Make the World a Better Place
Maggie Doyne, Neil Blumenthal ‘98 and Dr. Oliver Rothschild ‘98, speakers
 

2013
 
Building Bridges: Peace Through Understanding
Teri McLuhan, speaker
2012

Peace Like a River: Water as Matter and Metaphor
Michael Arad, speaker

 
2011

Educating for Peace: Friends Seminary and 225 Years of Quaker Education
 
2010

Beyond the Numbers: The Economics of Peace
Jeffrey Sachs, speaker

 
2009

In the Presence of Justice: The Politics of Peace
Mary Robinson, speaker

 
2008

War Letters: Both Said and Sung
Ethan Hawke, Julianne Moore, Elizabeth Palmedo and Crystal Sikora, speakers

2007

Environmental Stewardship – A Pathway to Peace
James Turrell, speaker


2006

Nonviolence in the Age of Terrorism
Arun Gandhi, speaker
 

2005

The Diplomat, the Activist and the Academic
Pierre Schori, Susan Sarandon and  Jessica Tuchman Mathews, speakers
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