Peace in Our Time: The Decline of Violence in History

Saturday, November 17, 2012

9 am – 4 pm

Led by Joseph Harrington

Can it be that our world today is far less violent, both domestically and internationally, than in previous generations? Many people would dispute that, but some scholars argue that violence has declined dramatically over the centuries. Participants in this one-day seminar will discuss how today’s levels of violence and attitudes towards violence compare with those of other periods, and what that means for our communities, country, and the world.

Joseph Harrington holds an M.A. in history from the University of Connecticut and has led numerous Newberry seminars.

Materials List
Required:
Pinker, Steven. The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined. Viking Adult, 2011. ISBN: 978-0670022953

Recommended:
Goldstein, Joshua S. Winning the War on War: The Decline of Armed Conflict Worldwide. Dutton Adult, 2011. ISBN: 978-0525952534

This class is part of the Newberry’s Adult Education Seminars Program.

Cost and registration information: 

One session, $120
Register online