Peace Education Commission of the International Peace Research Association (IPRA) celebrates 50th anniversary (video)

On May 21, 2023, the Peace Education Commission (PEC) of the International Peace Research Association (IPRA) celebrated its 50th anniversary with a special plenary session during the 2023 IPRA conference that was held in Trinidad & Tobago.

The plenary explored the theme of “A Celebration of the 50th Anniversary of IPRA’s Peace Education Commission and a Look at the Future of Education for Peace Globally.”

The panel was moderated by Candice Carter (Peace Education Commission Convener) and featured:

  • Hakim Mohandas Amani Williams (Gettysburg College)
  • Monisha Bajaj (University of San Francisco)
  • Tony Jenkins (Georgetown University; International Institute on Peace Education; Global Campaign for Peace Education)
  • Edward J. Brantmeier (James Madison University)

Video of the 50th Anniversary Session

The panel began with the reading of a special message from Betty Reardon, one of the early members of the PEC.  Panelists then responded to two prompts:

  • What is one challenge you have encountered in the field of peace education and how have you worked to overcome it?
  • What are the emerging needs and visions you hold for peace education looking ahead to the next 50 years?

These brief comments were followed by an open session where the audience formed small groups to explore and report on their respective future visions and how we might work together to advance them.  The small groups reported on their discussions.

Additional articles related to the 50th anniversary of the PEC of IPRA

  1. IPRA-PEC at 50: Making the Most of Maturity, by Matt Meyer, IPRA Secretary General and Candice C. Carter, IPRA PEC Convener
  2. IPRA-PEC – Projecting a Next Phase: Reflections on Its Roots, Processes and Purposes, by Magnus Haavelsrud and Betty A. Reardon, Founding Members
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