News & Highlights

Sunshine Land: Where War is Actually a Game (South Korea)

Sixth grade students in S. Korea are outfitted with child-sized body armor, helmets, and orange pistol-shaped BB guns. Resembling mini riot cops, the kids, divided into two teams, skip and giggle their way into the newly opened Sunshine Land Military Experience Center to play a live action war experience called ‘survival game.’ In these military experience centers, where tourism, gaming, and military experience coalesce, activists face an uphill battle in their struggle for peace-oriented education. [continue reading…]
Research

Teaching Peace from Tales of the City: Peace Education through the Memoryscapes of Nagasaki

To what extent can the memoryscapes of a city contribute to peace education? This paper by Patporn Phoothong argues that narratives both create and destroy the imaginaries of peace. The failure of peace museums to create an effective vision of peace reduces them to the level of historical museums. This research concludes by identifying factors that support the realization of peace education in peace museums. [continue reading…]
News & Highlights

If you Love this Planet: Hiroshima survivor Setsuko Thurlow’s passionate call to action

As a 13-year-old schoolgirl, Setsuko Thurlow survived the atomic bombing of Hiroshima. This is the remarkable speech she delivered at the United Nations on July 7, 2017 – the day when the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons was adopted at the United Nations.   [continue reading…]