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Tufts' Patches for Peace Quilt

The manner in which we react to violence defines us as individuals, communities, and nations.

Norway emphasized social democracy, multi-cultural collaboration, and dialogue in their response to the assassination of social democratic youth activists and government employees in July 2011. In the US, the organization, September Eleventh Families for Peaceful Tomorrows, turns shared grief into non-violent actions for peace and justice in order to break "the cycles of violence engendered by war and terrorism."

And at Tufts, students and staff gathering at Hillel on September 11, 2001, decided to create a 'Patches for Peace Quilt' in a shared vision of peace, collaboration, and community. Within less than two months, 88 student organizations and groups made the quilt in a tradition according to which individuals (historically mostly women) and groups have expressed their creativity, common needs and aspirations, or commemorated events and people. More information about the quilt's history and contributors.

Tufts' Patches for Peace Quilt was first exhibited at the Campus Center on November 7 2001.

Coinciding with the ten-year anniversary of 9/11, the quilt will once again be on temporary display at the campus center from September 11 to October 11, 2011. The quilt is permanently preserved in the Digital Collections and Archives, Tufts University, located in the basement of Tisch Library. A poster was made to advertise the event.

Each quilt panel image is a link to a larger version of the same panel, with descriptive information about the panel's creator (if available).

Tufts remembers September 11, 2011 Patches for Peace quilt block

Photographs were taken by conservators from ConTex, LLC.