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Day Without Violence

The Day Without Violence was launched in 1996 by the Peace Studies Association (UMass Lowell is a founding member) and has been held annually at more than 100 universities and colleges throughout the United States.

Days Without Violence are held in early April to commemorate the anniversary of the death of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  Sometimes the events for the Day Without Violence last for two or more days.

For our Days Without Violence, we have organized lectures, small-group discussions, interactive skits, training workshops and teen dances at UMass Lowell and Middlesex Community College. Our peace banner, with hundreds of signatures and messages, has been displayed at many locations at both UMass Lowell and in the community. In 1998, a manual on organizing DWVs was written by PACSI’s student assistant. A copy is available in our Resource Space in O’Leary Library, room 500.

2016 Day Without Violence Keynote Address

April 5, 2016
12:30 to 2 p.m.
O'Leary Library, Room 222 

The 21st annual Day Without Violence will be celebrated April 5. This year we're proud to host the 2016 Greeley Scholar for Peace Studies, Sanam Naraghi-Anderlini, as the keynote speaker. Anderlini will explore "Extremism in the Mainstream: Preventing Escalation of Violence by Promoting Rights, Peace and Pluralism."

An Evening with Sanam Naraghi-Anderlini

April 6, 2016
6 to 9 p.m.
CHEC Training Room, 6th floor
Lowell Community Health Center, 161 Jackson St., Lowell  

Please join us for an open evening with Sanam Naraghi-Anderlini, as she addresses her work ranging from Security Council resolution 1325 on women and peace and security to her work establishing and running ICAN, the International Civil Society Action Network. Hors d'oeuvres and refreshments will be served. Space is limited. RSVP required by March 29 to

Community Conversation with Sanam Naraghi-Anderlini

April 17, 2016
7 to 8:30 p.m.
Kerem Shalom
659 Elm St., Concord, MA 01742 

Sponsored by the Peace and Conflict Studies Institute, the Peace and Conflict Studies Program, the Political Science Department and the Greeley Scholar for Peace Studies Advisory Committee, Public Affairs and Community Relations. All Events Open to the Public. For information, contact UMass Lowell Community Relations 978-934-2957 or