Peace Flag Raising Ceremony

Students, faculty and staff from Central Michigan University participated in a flag raising ceremony outside of Warriner Hall April 3rd. The Pro Concordia Labor flag is a tricolor flag of yellow, purple and white designed in 1897. Pro Concordia Labor means "I work for peace" or "I work for harmony." E.C. Warriner, the 4th president of Central Michigan University from 1918-1939, was actively involved in the pre-World War I Peace Movement to which the Pro Concordia Labor flag is connected. (You can read more about the meaning and history of the flag on the Pro Concordia Labor website.) The flag raising ceremonies have been sponsored by the Center for International Ethics. For more information, contact Hope May at

Bertha von Suttner Master Classes

In 2014, the centenary of Bertha von Suttner’s death, the Bertha von Suttner Project began organizing "Master Classes” on Bertha von Suttner's life and legacy in the historic Japanese Room at the Peace Palace in The Hague. 

​The third annual Bertha von Suttner Master Class was held June 14-15, 2016, at the Peace Palace, The Hague. A commemorative lecture was held on the evening of June 16, 2016 in the Great Hall of Justice, Peace Palace.

Click here to view video archives of the Master Class

CMU hosts international events to honor centenary of the Peace Palace 

Central Michigan University philosophy professor Hope May. 

August 2013 - Click here to view photos

Philosophy professor Hope May and Central Michigan University received international recognition this summer for May’s efforts in organizing educational outreach activities surrounding the centennial anniversary of the Peace Palace—known as the seat of international law.

May organized an international conference in The Netherlands for students and young professionals Aug. 25-27 and hosted a public educational ceremony with keynote speakers Leymah Gbowee, a peace activist who received the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize; Brigid Inder, executive director of the Women’s Initiatives for Gender Justice; and Stephen J. Rapp, U.S. Ambassador for Global Criminal Justice.

She received a $55,000 grant from the Planethood Foundation to develop student engagement opportunities and build public awareness about the International Criminal Court, the history of international law and the “Peace through Law” approach. Additional funding came from the College of Humanities and Social and Behavioral Sciences and the Department of Philosophy and Religion at CMU.

The Planethood Foundation, an initiative of former Nuremberg Prosecutor Benjamin Ferencz and his son Donald, supports projects pertaining to the International Criminal Court and educational efforts to replace the law of force with the force of law.

May also distributed packages of materials about peace history and international law to 30 partners across the globe, including locations in China, Ireland, Italy, Japan, South Korea and the United Kingdom.

Located in The Hague, Netherlands, the Peace Palace is home to the “World Court” of the United Nations, the Permanent Court of Arbitration, the Hague Academy of International Law, and an extensive library dedicated to international law. It was built with funds donated by Andrew Carnegie and opened on August 28, 1913.