Wednesday, July 6, 2011

On July 6

On this day in ...
... 1920, Elise Biorn-Hansen was born in Oslo, Norway; she and her family immigrated to the United States when she was a child. A Quaker, she embraced pacifism in horror at the violence wrought during World War II, and met her husband at a peace meeting. As Dr. Elise Boulding (right), she would teach and write about peace, developing the United States' 1st Peace Studies curriculum while a member of the sociology faculty at Dartmouth University. (photo credit) An activist leader in groups including the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom and the International Peace Research Association, and a participant in U.N. work through UNESCO and the University of the United Nations, Boulding received the 2000 Courage of Conscience Award from the Peace Abbey, Sherborn, Massachusetts. She died on June 24, 2010, just shy of her 90th birthday.

(Prior July 6 posts are here, here, here, and here.)

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