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Nuremberg prosecutor Ben Ferencz makes HDS initiative part of his effort to end war

A Passion for Justice. A Passion for Peace.

September 1, 2015

As a soldier in WWII, Ben Ferencz, JD '43, participated in the liberation of Nazi concentration camps, sites of some of the worst atrocities in human history. When the war was over, as chief prosecutor of one of the Nuremberg trials, he brought to justice the murderers of more than a million people. Since then, he's been a staunch advocate for peace and international law, working over 50 years to help establish the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague. Through it all, he says he's never forgotten an act of kindness he experienced more than seventy years ago.

Angela Thurston combines art and spirit to leaven twenty-first-century community

Circles Rise Together

September 1, 2015

Angie Thurston grew up acting, writing, and making visual art in Boulder, Colorado. So, when she came to Brown University as an undergraduate, she was thrilled to study with the Pulitzer-Prize-winning playwright Paula Vogel. But while she learned a lot about art from Vogel, she says that she learned even more about community.

“Paula had a philosophy: ‘Circles rise together,’” she says. “It’s the principle that, when we are generous with each other, it’s better for each and all of us. I remember that she really embodied that and it stuck with me when I left Brown.”