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The Cora di Brazzà Foundation excavates and transmits the untold stories of the Peace Through Law Movement through educational events and activities, publications (especially first time translations into English), and other educational products that help to bring these stories to life for the general public. The stories that we excavate not only furnish a more complete view of history and promote public understanding of international law, but also help to satisfy the psychological need to belong, specifically to a transgenerational and transnational community through narrative. In excavating untold stories of the Peace Through Law Movement, we strategically focus on morally energetic individuals such as Cora di Brazzà and Bertha von Suttner, who model both classical virtues such as fortitude and more "contemporary" virtues such as humanity and fellowship. These moral exemplars provide inspiration and serve as models which provide guidance in the cultivation of the virtues. We at the Foundation believe that in forging connections to these exemplars and their communities, existential anxiety resulting from fragmentation is assuaged.

Established in 2019 by
Dr. Hope Elizabeth May, the Cora di Brazzà Foundation grew organically from the Bertha von Suttner Project. The Bertha von Suttner Project was established in 2013 in connection with "Piece of the Palace," which educated international audiences about the 100th anniversary of the Peace Palace in The Hague. The work on the Peace Palace centenary blossomed into a series of "Master Classes" supported by the Peace Palace Library and Central Michigan University from 2014-2018 which can be viewed here. The Bertha von Suttner Project is now a separate initiative of the Foundation.

In addition to excavating stories from the Peace Through Law Movement in both Europe and the United States, the Foundation also focuses on the Peace History of Korea. 2019 marks the 100th anniversary of Korea's non-violent, democratic uprising of March 1, 1919, as well as the formation of its provisional government, established as a democratic republic. Occurring well before the division of the country in 1945, the 1919 uprising is a treasure trove of morally powerful stories, unknown to english speaking audiences. The Foundation is working to change that.

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Some of the Board members of the Cora di Brazzà Foundation after an event at Michigan State University. From left to right Joshua Adams (holding his son Louis), Cassie Kim, Taylor Ackerman, Randall Olson and Hope Elizabeth May.

At historic Seodaemun Prison in Seoul, South Korea on the 100th anniversary of Korea's non-violent, democratic uprising of March 1, 1919.

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