During his sabbatical leave in the fall of 2015, the Oberlin College Presidential Scholar in Islamic and MENA Studies, Mohammad Jafar Mahallati, was invited by the Shiraz, the Shiraz Art, the Shiraz Medical, and the Shiraz Azad Universities to design a conference series focused on the latest scholarship in peace and interfaith studies. The result was more than ten conferences and academic workshops sponsored by all four universities between 2015 and 2017.
These events prompted students from the Shiraz Art University to create posters illustrating various ideas and representations of peace.
Upon return from Shiraz in the fall of 2016 Professor Mahallati shared the inspirational images with Alexia Hudson-Ward, Azariah Smith Root Director of Libraries at Oberlin College, and they agreed that the posters should be displayed for the community. An exhibition of 37 printed posters was held in the Main Library at Oberlin College in the spring of 2017 and development of an online site began.