Teaching Peace in the 21st Century: 12th Annual Summer Institute for Faculty

Location: Virtual Event

Summer Institute

The University of Notre Dame's Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies is planning for an innovative and fully virtual Summer Institute from June 14-16, 2021. 

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 400+ attendees from over 100 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 benefiting from the ideas and expertise of others in the field

Prior to the virtual event, attendees will be given access to a suite of educational resources from the Kroc Institute to prepare them for live sessions during the week of SI.

Your Host

The University of Notre Dame's Kroc Institute, a leading center for interdisciplinary peace research and peace studies education, is committed 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.


The fully virtual Summer Institute will take place from June 14-16. Click here to view the full schedule >>>


This year's Summer Institute is being offered free of charge. 

Applications for Summer Institute 2021 are now closed. 

Questions regarding program content or eligibility should be directed to George A. Lopez (lopez.1@nd.edu). Questions about logistics should be directed to Lisa Gallagher (lgallag3@nd.edu).