Jody Williams 

Jody Williams 

Jody Williams was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1997 for founding and leading the International Campaign to Ban Landmines, an unprecedented cooperative effort that brought governments, United Nations bodies, the International Committee of the Red Cross and more than 1000 NGOs in 90 countries together to pass the Ottawa (Mine Ban)Treaty.


Jody Williams

Nobel Peace Laureate, Jody Williams

She lived on Western Avenue and Chapin Street growing up, attended the Green Street School from 1957 to 1962, graduated from Brattleboro High School in 1968, attended the University of Vermont, the School for International Training (SIT) and Johns Hopkins University’s School for Advanced International Studies, and lives in the area today. A brave and straight-talking defender of human rights globally, Williams now studies modern warfare to promote new understanding about security today, especially the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots. She helped establish the Nobel Women’s Initiative in 2006 to use the visibility and prestige of the Nobel prize to spotlight, amplify and promote the work of grassroots women’s organizations and movements around the world.

Nobel Women's Initiative

Nobel Women’s Initiative from right to left: Jody Williams (USA), Shirin Ebadi (Iran), Tawakkol Karman (Yemen), Leymah Gbowee (Liberia) and Rigoberta Menchú Tum (Guatemala) Credit: Nobel Women’s Initiative

Nobel Peace Laureate Jody Williams 

to Unveil New Plaque at Green Street School 

Marks Audio Listening Site on Brattleboro Words Trail

25 September 2020 Brattleboro VT:  Nobel Peace Laureate Jody Williams will return to her elementary school and the place where she grew up to unveil a plaque commemorating her 1997 Nobel Peace Prize on Friday, October 2, at noon, in a small ceremony outside the Green Street School in Brattleboro, Vermont.

 “I’m honored that the school will put up a plaque commemorating the 1997 Nobel Peace Prize.  Hopefully it can inspire kids to realize that we all can make a difference in the world when we work together,” Jody Williams said. “I very fondly remember the Green Street School. Sometimes I drive up Green Street just so I can take a look at it. I had some important events at the school that helped shape the rest of my life.”

“Students and teachers are excited to have this visual reminder of our civic responsibility to be active participants in democracy and that every student can do great things to help the world,” Green Street Principal Mark Speno said.

The plaque will be pegged to an audio segment about Williams currently being produced by and for the Brattleboro Words Trail — free, self-guided audio tours of the greater Brattleboro area to be available on a mobile app and interactive website.  Community Researcher Nancy Olson interviewed Williams in August for audio segments for the Trail. Reg Martell, a board member of the Brattleboro Historical Society and member of the Words Trail Production Team, is producing the Williams segments.  Donna Blackney, also a Words Trail producer, will videotape the event for public viewing on Brattleboro Community Television (BCTV) the following week. 

The Brattleboro Words Trail is one product of the Brattleboro Words Project, a multi-year, National Endowment for the Humanities “Creating Humanities Communities” collaboration among Brattleboro Historical Society, Brattleboro Literary Festival, Write Action, Brooks Memorial Library and many other community members and institutions to be launched Fall 2020l: the ‘Brattleboro Words Trail’ — self-guided audio tours of sites important in the history of words; Print Town — a book on Brattleboro’s printing and publishing history;  maps created for the Trail by artist Cynthia Parker Houghton for a Brattleboro Museum & Art Center multi-media exhibit October 24, 2020 to February 2021, historic markers and other events highlighting the national significance of our home’s storied past. 

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Green Street School

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The Brattleboro Words Project is working with the community to identify specific sites and themes significant to the study of words in Brattleboro and surrounding towns. Research Teams – classrooms/teachers, amateur historians, veterans, writers, artists and other community members — will produce audio segments and other work to be incorporated into audio walking, biking and driving tours tours.

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