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The Best Weapon for Peace

Book Presentation [Zoom Webinar]
Tue, 12/07/2021 - 6:00pm
Maria Montessori, Education, and Children's Rights
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Book Presentation on Zoom

In collaboration with
NYU Department of Italian Studies

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The Best Weapon for Peace
Maria Montessori, Education, and Children's Rights

(2021, University of Wisconsin Press)

by Erica Moretti (FIT - SUNY)

The author in conversation with
Vanessa Roghi, independent scholar

Moderated by David Forgacs, NYU

The Italian educator and physician Maria Montessori (1870–1952) is best known for the teaching method that bears her name. She was also a lifelong pacifist, although historians tend to consider her writings on this topic as secondary to her pedagogy. In The Best Weapon for Peace, Erica Moretti reframes Montessori's pacifism as the foundation for her educational activism, emphasizing her vision of the classroom as a gateway to reshaping society. Montessori education offers a child-centered learning environment that cultivates students' development as peaceful, curious, and resilient adults opposed to war and invested in societal reform.

Using newly discovered primary sources, Moretti examines Montessori's lifelong pacifist work, including her ultimately unsuccessful push for the creation of the White Cross, a humanitarian organization for war-affected children. Moretti shows that Montessori's educational theories and practices would come to define children's rights once adopted by influential international organizations, including the United Nations. She uncovers the significance of Montessori's evolving philosophy of peace and early childhood education within broader conversations about internationalism and humanitarianism.

In ENGLISH.