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Peace is Everybody's Business : Half a Century of Peace Education with…

by Marta Daniels

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Peace is Everybody's Business spans 50 years in the life of Elizabeth Evans Baker (1902-1990) who was an essential figure in the establishment of peace studies in higher education, the First Lady of Ohio University, founder of the Monomoy Theatre on Cape Cod, and UN Goodwill Ambassador. The book covers the history of peace studies in the US, explores the peace movement of the late 20th century, and delves into the relationship between art, nature, beauty, peace and the meaning of life. It is a story about imagination, caring, courage, determination, leadership and personal integrity. Elizabeth Baker was an artist, actress, musician, theatre patron, poet, peace activist, wife and mother. As an ardent patron of the arts, she understood, and helped others to understand, that art and creativity cannot long survive in a world obsessed with destructive power. Out of her passionate convictions she, along with her educator husband, John Calhoun Baker, helped establish peace studies curricula at several colleges and universities beginning in the 1960s. The book shows how these academic programs provided much of the early intellectual blue prints for the over 200 schools who offer peace education programs today. In tracing this remarkable academic achievement, Daniels' book provides the first history of peace studies in the U.S. and offers readers inside profiles of distinguished peace educators and activists with whom the Bakers worked. Among these are UN architect Andrew Cordier, A-bomb scientist George Kistiakowsky, Nobel Peace Prize winner Betty Williams, first peace studies professors Gladdys Muir and Elise Boulding, Vietnam War Memorial artist Maya Lin, and the legendary cross-country walker, "Peace Pilgrim" whose spiritual writings Elizabeth Baker distributed in Russia. Using splendid quotations of prose and poetry from Elizabeth Baker's sixty years of journals, the author skillfully weaves through the book Baker's passionate and eloquent writings on the role of women, the evils of science run amok, the responsibilities of citizens in a democracy, and the relationships she saw between peace, art, nature, beauty and the meaning of life. Elizabeth Baker, who always considered herself "just a housewife," showed how ordinary people with extraordinary commitment can make a significant difference. Her story is one to read, celebrate and cherish.

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