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What is peace?

These photographs are a collection of artistic responses by the Princeton University community to the question: “What Is Peace?” Images of tranquility and beauty mingle with photos of boys playing with toy guns and a twisted weapon in front of the U.N. Through these photos, we encounter various understandings of personal and social peace that elicit emotions that range from yearning joy, to melancholy. We hope that you, the viewer, might be inspired by this exhibit to consider where you find and create peace within your own life and your communities.

Those who would like to view prints of these commended photos are invited to attend the opening of the “What is Peace?” photo exhibition in Murray-Dodge Hall today at noon.


The exhibition is curated by Janet Dickerson, University vice president for campus life; Eve Aschheim, senior lecturer in visual arts in the Peter B. Lewis Center for the Arts; Thomas Dunne, associate dean of undergraduate students; Paul Raushenbush, associate dean of religious life; Shin Jae Won ’09, executive editor for photography at The Daily Princetonian; and Daniel Hayes-Patterson ’09, executive editor for photography at The Daily Princetonian.

This project is sponsored by the Office of Religious Life, the Office of Undergraduate Students, the Office of the Vice President for Campus Life, The Lewis Center for the Arts and The Daily Princetonian.