• Thupten Tendhar Delivers the Dedication Speech - The Center for Nonviolence and Peace Studies is proud that our staff Thupten Tendhar was asked to deliver the Dedication Speech at the 2023 University of Rhode Island commencement ceremonies. Thupten talked about the importance of human values, including peace and nonviolence and living mindfully for the flourishing of self and others, to more than […]
  • Congratulations Class 2023 - Congratulations to the incredible BA and MA students who studied or researched Peace at the URI Center for Nonviolence and Peace Studies!
  • Victory vs. Peace and Remembrance Day - A bill proposing renaming “Victory Day” to “Peace and Remembrance Day was considered in the House Committee on special legislation on April 5.
  • Sarah Miller Wins Staff Peace Award - Sarah Miller, the assistant director for experiential education at the Center for Career and Experiential Education, receives the Staff Peace Award.
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  • Human Rights Workshop - On May 5th and 6th, 2023 join us for an informative and engaging workshop on the latest human rights issues, datasets, reporting, and advocacy.
  • Physical Yoga, Mental Peace - On May 1, 4:30-5:30 PM join us on the Quad to destress through a session of physical yoga and mental peace with Deirdre Morrison.
  • Frontiers of Human Rights Measurement Conference - On May 6-7, 2023 you are invited to attend the Frontiers of Human Rights Measurement Conference at Shepard Hall.
  • A Social Justice Choir in Performance at URI - On Sunday, March 26th, VOICES 21C, a Boston-based community-focused artists’ collective whose members include several URI Music Department alums, is partnering with The Center for the Humanities and the URI Department of Music to perform a concert at the Fine Arts Center on the topic of mass-incarceration in the US.
  • Pedagogy of Peace in Formal Education - On Friday, March 31, 2023 The Center for Nonviolence and Peace Studies will host Dr. Larisa Kasumagić-Kafedžić for a special lecture titled Pedagogy of Peace in Formal Education.
  • Sand Mandala Painting - Starting Monday, March 27 through Friday, March 31, 2023, eight Tibetan Buddhist monks from the Mystical Arts of Tibet, Drepung Loseling Monastery, will construct a Mandala Sand Painting.
  • Guest Lecturer, His Eminence Kundeling Rinpoche - Friday, March 3, at 3:00 PM. The Center for Nonviolence and Peace Studies is honored to host His Eminence Kundeling Rinpoche, the 13th Reincarnation of the Kundeling Tatsak.
  • Candlelight Community Gathering for Syrian and Turkish Earthquake Victims - 2/15/2023 at 5:00 PM Join the Center for Nonviolence and Peace Studies and the URI community in supporting Syria and Turkey earthquake victims and survivors with the Candle Light Vigil on Wednesday, February 15, at 5:00, Multicultural Center.
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration - January 13 – 16, 2023 Join us to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Day with the 2023 World House Documentary Film Festival! Click on the link below to register.
  • Intention Peace with Autumn Francesca - Join us for a special presentation and music for peaceful intention on December 7th at 5:30 PM.
  • Zine Workshop - November 16, 2022 2:00-4:00 PM The Center for Nonviolence & Peace Studies is hosting a Zine Workshop that will involve learning how to create a zine about a topic we are passionate about and feel deserves greater attention.
  • International Education Week - On November 16, 2022 Dr. Thupten Tendhar, Coordinator of the Healthy Minds - Inner Peace Project at the URI Center for Nonviolence and Peace Studies, will facilitate this interactive event. Cultivating Sustainable Peace within for mental health, happiness, and human civilization will be discussed.
  • Mu Sochua talking to the audience Sochua Hasn’t Given Up to Rebuild Cambodia - Cambodian human rights activist Mu Sochua gave a guest lecture at URI through the Center for Nonviolence and Peace Studies on nonviolent activism and protecting freedom and human rights in Cambodia.
  • Nonviolent Resistance: Tibetan Freedom Struggle - Join us for a special guest lecture on nonviolent activism in Tibet with Ngawang Sangdrol on November 9th at 5:30 PM.
  • Nonviolent Activism: Protecting Freedom and Human Rights in Cambodia - Join us for a special guest lecture on nonviolent activism in Cambodia with Mu Sochua on October 26th at 5:30 PM.
  • President Parlange at the Peace Vigil “Women, Freedom, Life” Peace Vigil - Peace Vigil “Women, Freedom, Life” in honor of Mahsa Amini, who lost her life due to the brutality of the Iranian "morality" police.
  • Thupten Tendhar and Kate Sylvester International Day of Peace 2022 - The University of Rhode Island’s Center for Nonviolence & Peace Studies celebrates the International Day of Peace.
  • Inner Peace and Global Peace - Join us for Inner Peace and Global peace lecture with Geshe Lobsang Gelek on September 22, 2022.
  • International Day of Peace poster International Day of Peace - The URI Center for Nonviolence & Peace Studies is celebrating the International Day of Peace on September 22, 2022.
  • Kristine has been teaching Communication at URI for 20 years. She is a certified level 1 trainer in Kingian Nonviolence Conflict Reconciliation. She integrates this philosophy into her teaching. Words used as weapons of violence do not serve us. The pathway to peace and reconciliation begins with a dialogue driven by compassion and understanding. Nonviolent communication is the practice of learning how to interact in ways that strengthen our ability to remain compassionate, even under the most challenging circumstances. How can we stay connected to ourselves and others in the midst of difference and discord? It is under these circumstances that we need most to connect with our compassionate nature yet it is these circumstances that make it challenging to do so. In this talk, we will learn ways of focusing our attention that can begin to liberate us from destructive patterns of relating. Nonviolent Communication: Building Bridges Across Differences - Workshop with certified nonviolence trainer Kristine Cabral
    Wednesday, April 20, 6:00 – 7:00 PM