The Summer Institute brings together teams of academics who want to launch peace studies programs at their colleges or universities; strengthen or develop a new dimension to peace studies programs; or move established peace studies programs to the next level of design and rigor. Since its inception, the Summer Institute has hosted 350+ attendees from 90 different institutions—including 23 Catholic colleges and universities—across 6 continents.
- engage with leading thinkers on contemporary issues in peace studies practice, research, and teaching
- explore the pedagogical, administrative, and communications challenges of developing peace studies courses and programs
- collaborate with teams of faculty on course development while benefitting from the ideas and expertise of others in the field
The University of Notre Dame's Kroc Institute, a leading center for interdisciplinary peace research and peace studies education, and the United States Institute of Peace (USIP), in Washington, D.C., share a commitment to the strengthening of peace studies programs, and the training of those who teach—or wish to teach—in this field.
Director and Staff
The Summer Institute is directed by George A. Lopez, an internationally-recognized authority on peace studies program development, former Vice President of USIP and The Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C., Professor Emeritus of Peace Studies at Notre Dame. The Summer Institute is staffed by a dozen faculty and staff from the Kroc Institute and USIP.
The Institute begins in the late afternoon on Monday, June 19, and ends at noon on Friday, June 23. Mornings will feature plenary sessions and workshops on critical themes in the field and program development. Afternoon sessions will allow participants to work with their respective teams on campus plans.
The cost of the week’s program is $200 per participant (ideally each team should include 3 faculty members from a single institution). Participants are responsible for the cost of transportation to Notre Dame and lodging (dorms and other low-cost alternatives are available). The Kroc Institute covers breakfast, dinner, snacks, and all program materials.
We are sorry that we are unable to provide funding or scholarships for travel for the 2017 Summer Institute.
Final application deadline will be March 31, 2017. Early Decision Deadline is February 28, 2017.