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The present world is still the scene of many wars, cold wars and cold peace. The rising political isolationism, economic protectionism, global refugees, terrorism and bigotry deserve immediate global attention to the need and the necessity of peacemaking through all means. In a time when visa problems still stall free academic exchanges between countries, a website to facilitate peace dialogue through arts among nations, religions and ethnicities seem to help global peace.

The Oberlin Peace Poster Dialogue (OPPD) project shares with some aspirations of the Oberlin Friendship Circle and confirms that, as OFC has stated, “Among other values, we mobilize for peace deeper than the absence of conflict, and for ethics deeper than the demands of justice. We engage in community learning and service rooted in caring partnership beyond obligation.”

We invite peace poster contributions from all universities and colleges across the world without limitation. Our peacemaking approach is specifically focused on Ethics of War (limiting the scale and scope of war and questioning its legitimacy); Ethics of Forgiveness (aiming to remove hatred and prevent future wars); and Ethics of Friendship (aiming to transform cold and negative peace to friendship).

We hope to demonstrate, not only the ugliness and inhumanity of wars and violence, but also the unfortunate lack of friendship among members of humanity across all borders.

We agree with Sa‘di Shirazi who seven centuries ago stated:

Adam's sons are body limbs, to say;
For they're created of the same clay.
Should one organ be troubled by pain,
Others would suffer severe strain.
Thou, careless of people's suffering,
Deserve not the name, "human being".

 - Translation from Persian by Iraj Bashiri


About Professor Mohammad Jafar Mahallati