Rotary Peace Fellows started teaching each other about their respective specialisms in the peace field. (Photo: Dhruti Shah - BBC)

Is a peace scholarship worth pursuing?

(Dhruti Shah for the BBC) In 1948, peacemaker Gladys Muir established what is believed to be the world’s first undergraduate programme in peace studies, at Manchester College, in Indiana, in the US. Peace and conflict study courses are on offer at universities and educational centres around the world.

Scholars from various institutions gather at an IFYC event to discuss interfaith initiatives on their campuses. (Photo: IFYC)

Current Synergies and Future Collaborations: Possibilities for Peace Studies and Interfaith Leadership

Eboo Patel and Kristi Del Vecchio of Interfaith Youth Core encourage peace education and peace studies practitioners
to increase consideration of religious and philosophical diversity in their teaching. They also invite reciprocal collaboration toward integrating foundational ideas and methodologies from peace studies — such as non-violent conflict resolution skills — into the preparation of interfaith leaders.

Transformative Peace Pedagogy: Fostering a Reflective, Critical, and Inclusive Praxis for Peace Studies

This article by Tony Jenkins offers a brief philosophical and pedagogical framework and rationale for transformative peace pedagogy as a preferred approach and philosophy of teaching and learning in peace studies. Transformative peace pedagogy fosters the development of a self-reflective praxis and nurtures a holistic, inclusive relationship between the inner (personal) and outer (political, action oriented) dimensions of peacebuilding. This praxis is the basis for both internal consideration and social and political action that is pursued by peace studies.

Connecting peace research, action, and education in Colombia

From September 7-9, 2016, the University of Cartagena’s Observatory for the Study of Displacement, Conflict, and Peacebuilding hosted the first annual International Forum on Peace Studies. The conference offered an unparalleled opportunity for critical analysis and collective reflection on the implications of the recently announced peace agreement between the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), which marks a political end to nearly 60 years of internal armed conflict. For the participants that gathered, the conference offered a space to not only identify the current demands that this historic moment presents for the field of peace studies, but also a space to recognize the impact that civil society has had in their decades-long work for peace that made this agreement possible.

Call for Submissions: On-line How to Manual for Colleges and Universities Developing and/or Enhancing their Programs in Peace and Conflict Studies

Submissions are sought for contributions to the 2nd Edition of the Free On-line How to Manual for Colleges and Universities Developing and/or Enhancing their Programs in Peace and Conflict Studies. Submission deadline: October 1.

Peace Studies Glossary

This peace studies glossary was developed by Joanie Connors. Peace Studies’ courses are challenging to students who have been brought up with limited worldviews and right/wrong thinking. Glossaries are important for students of varying backgrounds to be on the same page in studying any subject, but they are especially needed for courses that challenge status quo thinking. In addition to covering generally accepted terms in peace and conflict resolution, this glossary includes the systems perspective and interpersonal science.

The University of Seychelles

Seychelles set to become hub for peace studies

The University of Seychelles has announced that it is considering setting up an international centre for peace studies and diplomacy with the expert guidance and experience of Seychelles’ founding President Sir James Mancham. The University of Seychelles (UniSey) has said this is an ambitious and timely project that will add to the reputation of Seychelles as a peaceful nation making a further contribution to global society.

Photo: Peace & Conflict Studies, University of Colorado - Boulder.

Peace and Conflict Studies Undergraduate Program Survey: Assessing Student Demand

A Peace and Justice Studies Association working group is conducting a survey of undergraduate peace and conflict studies and related programs to gather historical enrollment data and other evidence demonstrating student demand for studying and pursuing degrees in the field. We invite and encourage you to contribute information regarding your academic program to this collective effort that we believe will benefit colleges and universities developing and implementing peace related programs.

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Rep. Barbara Lee Recognizes Vietnam Peace Movement and contributions of peace studies programs in House Resolution

Rep. Barbara Lee has introduced a House Resolution (H.Res.695) recognizing the Vietnam anti-war movement as, “one of the largest and most prolonged efforts to achieve peace and justice in recent generations and was critical to bringing an end to the war.” The resolution “applauds the establishment of educational programs at colleges and universities across the United States that are focused on conflict transformation and peace building.”

PJSA Seeks New Executive Director

The Peace and Justice Studies Association (PJSA), a bi-national association of Canada and the US, is seeking an experienced administrator and progressive leader for the position of Executive Director. The ED works closely with the 20+ person active Board of Directors to set goals and articulate the vision of the Association and to develop strategies and plans to meet those goals. The ED also manages the business affairs of the Association, including recommending and implementing an annual budget, serving as Editor for a regular newsletter, and working with the Board on fundraising and grant-writing.

Pacific Basin Research Center

John D. Montgomery Post-Doctoral Fellowship – Theme: “Peace Studies”, Pacific Basin Research Center at Soka University of America

The Pacific Basin Research Center (PBRC) at Soka University of America, a premier Liberal Arts University in Orange County California, is pleased to announce a call for applications for the fourth annual John D. Montgomery Post-Doctoral Fellowship. The Fellowship is intended to support young scholars (within two years of defending their dissertation) whose research emphasizes humanistic development in and connections among the peoples of the Pacific Basin. This year’s theme is Peace Studies.

"Invitation to Peace Studies" by Huston Wood

Invitation to Peace Studies

Invitation to Peace Studies is the first textbook in the field to emphasize 21st-century research and controversies and to encourage the more frequent use of a gender perspective in analyzing peace, war, and violence. Recent empirical research forms the core of most chapters, but substantial attention is also given to faith-based ideas, movements, and peace pioneers.