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  • Love Rally

    Love Rally Valentine's Day Rally in Washington Square Park Responds to Radical Hate with Radical Love

    More than 20 NYU and community organizations will host a rally in Washington Square Park on Saturday, Feb. 14 from 1-3 p.m. to bring together diverse communities and focus on love triumphing over hate.

    The love rally, organized in part by the Project for the Advancement of our Common Humanity (PACH) at NYU, will gather world leaders, interfaith leaders, musicians, spoken word poets, students, activists, and policymakers for an afternoon of readings, remarks, and performances all focused on love and our common humanity.

    “Valentine’s Day is often defined by commercialism and romantic love. But the love we need right now in our hate and violence filled world is not simply romantic love, but love of our common humanity,” said Niobe Way, the founder of the PACH and professor of applied psychology at NYU’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. “We need to support leaders, such as the Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau, who lead with love and respond to hate and violence with love, rather than more hate and violence.”

    Select notable speakers at the rally include Leymah Gbowee, Liberian peace activist and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize; Sarah Sayeed, Senior Advisor in the Community Affairs Unit, New York City Mayor’s Office; and Adama Dieng, United National Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide. For a current list of speakers, performers, and additional information, please visit the event's Facebook page.

    Reporters are invited to attend, and should RSVP to Rachel Harrison in NYU’s Office of Public Affairs at 212.998.6797 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

    PACH, a think-and-do tank at NYU funded by the NoVo Foundation, aims to integrate, generate, and communicate evidence about our humanity, the forces that disrupt it, and the means to reconnect to each other so that we may live in a more just and humane world.

Past Events

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June
2015

Culture, Context, and Community: The Global Crisis of Connection at NYU Abu Dhabi

Culture, Context, and Community: The Global Crisis of Connection at NYU Abu Dhabi

Event Date(s)

April 11, 2015

PACH partnered with NYU Abu Dhabi to host a full day workshop with NYU Abu Dhabi students, faculty, and staff on April 11th, 2015. The focus of the workshop presented what we know from the sciences about who we are as humans, what disrupts our humanity, and how do we reconnect to our common humanity.  The workshop entailed a panel presentation by PACH members along with dyadic interviews conducted by the students as well as small group discussions of ways to integrate the themes of PACH into the NYU Abu Dhabi campus. The We are Human campaign was conducted in Abu Dhabi in January, with Kim Nguyen, the Project Manager of PACH, collecting videos from the students, faculty, and staff to include in a short film that will be shown at the workshop.  A version of this workshop will be incorporated in the annual freshman orientation week at NYU Abu Dhabi and follow-up PACH related activities will be developed for sophomores, juniors, and seniors as well as staff and faculty. 

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04
June
2015

Examining the Roots of Our Crisis of Connection and Strategies for Change

Event Date(s)

March 28, 2015

On March 28th, 2015, PACH hosted a full day event that featured PACH members addressing the three core questions of PACH: 1) Who are we as humans?; 2) What disrupts our humanity or what leads us to disconnect from our own humanity as well as the humanity of others?; 3) What are the solutions or ways to reconnect to our common humanity?  The day entailed talks, roundtables, and discussions with social scientists, practitioners, policymakers, activists, and artists, all of whom are PACH members. The day also included original theatre and poetry performances. 

Watch our videos from the day: Click Here

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04
June
2015

PACH Celebration of Judy Chu’s “When Boys Become Boys”

PACH Celebration of Judy Chu’s “When Boys Become Boys”

Event Date(s)

October 02, 2014

On October 2nd, 2014, PACH members who conduct research on girls and women and boys and men had a panel discussion about Judy Chu's new book ("When boys become boys") as well as the implications of her book for creating a more just and humane society. Panel members included: Michael Kimmel, Pedro Noguera, Judy Chu, Niobe Way, and Carol Gilligan.

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04
June
2015

PACH and NYU Stern MBA Launch

Event Date(s)

August 22, 2014

On August 22nd, 2014, PACH members and NYU faculty members, Arun Sundararajan and Niobe Way, discussed the science of human connection, what disrupts human connection, and the solutions for reconnecting to a common humanity to a group of 450 MBA students at the Stern School of Business.  

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04
June
2015

PACH and The Boys Club of New York and the SPARKteam Players

Event Date(s)

June 01, 2014

After seeing the SPARKteam player’s original performance at the May PACH event, Executive Director of The Boys Club of New York (BCNY) and PACH member, Stephen Tosh, invited the theater troupe of teenage girls to perform at BCNY. Over 50 teenage boys attended the evening performance and took part in a 45-minute group discussion following the show. 

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September
2015

PACH and the SPARKteam Players

Event Date(s)

May 29, 2014
The SPARKteam players, an ensemble of girls ages16-20 from SPARK Movement, performed an original play entitled UNFINISHED: Girls of Today, Wives of Tomorrow. In this performance, directed by Dana Edell, the girls create a dystopian future that they break free from to create a world where a common humanity is recognized.

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04
June
2015

PACH, the Uni Project, and George Jackson Academy

PACH, the Uni Project, and George Jackson Academy

Event Date(s)

May 28, 2014 | May 29, 2014 | May 30, 2014

For three days in May, PACH partnered with The Uni Project to create public, open-air reading rooms in Tompkins Square Park and Washington Square Park with boys from George Jackson Academy (GJA) and The Boys' Club of New York. The Uni Project curated a special collection of books, and boys from GJA read aloud their own poems and short essays about family. Boys from the The Boys’ Club of New York displayed artwork. GJA boys also volunteered in other reading rooms created by The Uni Project in neighborhoods across the city all summer long, writing mini-book reviews and reading aloud to other kids.

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January
2015

Using the Media to Reveal Our Common Humanity:

A Conversation with Soledad O’Brien, Farai-Chideya, Ginia Bellafante, moderated by Jimmie Briggs

Using the Media to Reveal Our Common Humanity:

Event Date(s)

April 24, 2014
The panel discussion will focus on strategies that journalists use to disrupt divisive cultural narratives and underscore the common humanity of people living in the United States and around the world.
 
Soledad O’Brien is an Emmy Award-winning journalist and CEO of Starfish Media Group. Farai Chideya is an award-winning author, journalist, professor, and lecturer. She frequently appears on public radio and cable television, speaking about race, politics, and culture. Ginia Bellafante has been a social and cultural critic at The New York Times for over a decade. Her current weekly opinion column, called the Big City, covers housing, politics, education, philanthropy and the way that New Yorkers live and interact. Jimmie Briggs is a human rights activist, journalist, and founder of the Man Up Campaign, a global initiative to mobilize young people to stop violence against women and girls in their communities through music, sports and technology.

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20
January
2015

Bill Drayton - The "Everyone a Changemaker"

World Changes Everything

Bill Drayton - The

Event Date(s)

March 20, 2014
Bill Drayton, J.D., is the CEO and Co-Founder of Ashoka: Innovators for the Public. He pioneered the field of social entrepreneurship building a global association of 3000 leading social entrepreneurs located in 70 countries who work to create an “Everyone a Changemaker World.”
 
Ashoka launched the field of social entrepreneurship and has activated multi-sector partners across the world who increasingly look to entrepreneurial talent and new ideas to solve social problems.

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10
January
2015

Judith Bruce - Turning Passion Into a Business Plan for Girls

Judith Bruce - Turning Passion Into a Business Plan for Girls

Event Date(s)

January 30, 2014

Judith Bruce is a senior associate and policy analyst with the Population Council’s Poverty, Gender, and Youth program. Judith has coordinated a program of policy-oriented research on issues related to women’s and adolescent girls’ social and economic development. Recently she served as co-chair of the United Nations Expert Group Meeting on the elimination of all forms of discrimination and violence against the girl-child. Her areas of expertise include women’s roles and status, with a focus on intrafamily dynamics, investments in children, and adolescence, especially vulnerable adolescent girls.

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20
October
2015

Chris Johnson - Question Bridge Creative Expression and Social Transformation

Event Date(s)

December 04, 2013

Chris Johnson introduced the Question Bridge concept and video installation project, first created in 1996 for the San Diego Museum of Photographic Arts. Chris spoke about both its origins and how it evolved into the current version that opened at the Sundance Film Festival last year and is touring major museums across the country.

Prof. Johnson offeredsome thoughts about ways in which creative expression has functioned throughout recent history as a powerful instigator of profound social and political transformations and how Question Bridge: Black Males exemplifies this process as a model of contemporary transmedia art. 

 

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October
2015

Jonathan Shay - Moral Injury and Our Common Humanity

Event Date(s)

October 30, 2013

Jonathan Shay, M.D., Ph.D., is a psychiatrist, MacArthur Fellow, and author of Achilles in Vietnam: Combat Trauma and the Undoing of Character (Simon & Schuster, 1995), Jonathan Shay is a clinical psychiatrist whose treatment of combat trauma suffered by Vietnam veterans combined with his critical and imaginative interpretations of the ancient accounts of battle described in Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey are deepening our understanding of the effects of warfare on the individual. 

 

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