Bemoaning the fact that few people know of Bertha von Suttner, and noting that the Centenary of the Peace Palace (August 28, 2013) provided an opportune time to develop an educational project that is focused on this important woman, the idea for the Bertha von Suttner project was born. Dr. Peter van den Dungen (Bradford, UK), an expert on peace history, joined the project shortly after its inception.
The Bertha von Suttner Project began as an endeavor of "Piece of the Palace", a constellation of activities that celebrated of the centenary of the Peace Palace. Since then, it has become an initiative of the Peace Palace Library and the Peace through Education Fund at Central Michigan University. In 2014, The Bertha von Suttner Project organized its first "Master Class" on Bertha von Suttner in commemoration of the centenary of her death and participated in commemorative activities in Bertha's home town of Vienna, Austria. Bertha died on June 21, 1914. The Bertha von Suttner Master Classes were also held in 2015 and 2016.
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Hope Elizabeth May is a Professor of Philosophy at Central Michigan University in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan. After receiving her Ph.D. in philosophy, she entered law school. There, she was exposed to international law and learned about the International Criminal Court. Moved by the philosophical implications of the International Criminal Court (ICC), the ICC became her honeymoon destination. Accordingly, she visited the court with her husband, Dr. Jeffrey Wigand, where they sat on the trial of Germain Katanga. Shortly thereafter she began bringing her students to The Hague. In 2011, she was a Visiting Professional in the Office of the Prosecutor of the ICC. Currently, she serves on the Board of Directors for the International Criminal Court Student Network, the Global Institute for the Prevention of Aggression, the International Criminal Court Moot Court Competition and the Council of Korean Studies. She is passionate about connecting the history of "The Hague Tradition" with the ICC, and has organized several international events to that end including "A Grotian Moment", "Piece of the Palace", "Pro Concordia Labor" and "Forward Into Light"
Hope May introducing 2011 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Leymah Gbowee at the official Centenary of the Peace Palace on August 28, 2013. Gbowee unveiled a bust of Bertha von Suttner crafted by Judith Pfaeltzer (far left). To watch the unveiling, click here.
One of the world's leading experts on the history of peace, non-violence, and the Nobel Peace Prize, Dr. van Den Dungen was born in Holland and has taught for many years in the world's largest department of peace studies in Bradford, England.
He founded and heads the International Network of Museums for Peace (INMP) which has held conferences in the European Peace University in Stadtschlaining (Austria), Osaka and Kyoto (Japan), Diksmuide (Belgium) and Guernica (Spain) and other member countries.
INMP is a worldwide network of peace museums, peace gardens and other peace related sites, centres and institutions that share in the same desire to build a global culture of peace.