The Project for the Advancement of Our Common Humanity

PACH is an emerging think and do tank, funded by the NoVo Foundation and based at New York University, that aims to bring together the science and practice that underscore our common humanity in order to create a more just and humane society.

    

 

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From Our Members

  • In the end love will win, but we will need an education first

    In our quest to achieve greater equity in society, we must better contextualize humanity beyond race and in spite of (and to interrupt) systems of disparity that are likely reinforced through racial stereotypes.
  • Insisting on our Common Humanity

    We will not find justice and peace until we insist on our human capacity to empathize, listen to each other, and see ourselves in the other.
  • The Call for Humanity

    In a week like this it is harder than ever to remember that humans have a natural tendency and ability for love and care.
  • The Orlando Mass Shooting and a Crisis of Connection

    It is difficult to capture the complexity of responding to a situation like the tragedy in Orlando. Yet there is a root cause of all these issues.
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Relevant Materials

  • A Week From Hell

    A Week From Hell. What can we do? We can start by "seeing every person as fully human."
  • Martin Luther King - Where Do We Go From Here?

    "Power at its best is love implementing the demands of justice, and justice at its best is love correcting everything that stands against love."
  • Teaching Men to Be Emotionally Honest

    Teaching Men to Be Emotionally Honest
    By the time many young men do reach college, a deep-seeded gender stereotype has taken root that feeds into the stories they have heard about themselves as learners. Better to earn your Man Card than to succeed like a girl.
  • This Touching Photo Of Two Strangers On A Train Is Going Viral

    This Touching Photo Of Two Strangers On A Train Is Going Viral
    When faced with a stranger acting out in a public space, most people tend to avert their eyes, keep walking, and avoid any sort of confrontation. But one Vancouver woman completely broke those rules, and there's a viral Facebook photo to prove it.
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  • Only connect! That was the whole of her sermon. Only connect the prose and the passion, and both will be exalted, and human love will be seen at its height. Live in fragments no longer. - E.M. Forster

  • People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite. - Nelson Mandela

  • Getting old is the second-biggest surprise of my life, but the first, by a mile, is our unceasing need for deep attachment - Roger Angell on turning 93

  • But we can do better. We can be unafraid to move not only beyond male-female dichotomies, but also beyond an insistence on any hard-and-fast fixed categories. What, after all, is there to fear? We are all human; we live and love. - Barbara J. King

  • We need to tear down these disciplinary silos and have an honest discussion about humanity. It’s the only way we’ll ever make any progress in the study of race and racism. - Dorothy Roberts