Summer Institute

Summer Institute 2016

On March 11, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the University of Notre Dame announced the decision to suspend all in-person classes and to replace these classes with virtual instruction and other alternative learning options, and to limit University-sponsored travel during Summer 2020. 

In keeping with these decisions, the Kroc Institute has made the difficult choice to cancel the 2020 Summer Institute. We look forward to reconvening in 2021. 

To learn more about the University of Notre Dame's response to the current pandemic, visit

The University of Notre Dame's Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies invites you and your team to apply for the Annual Summer Institute for Faculty in Peace Studies, June 7-11, 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

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 Institute begins in the late afternoon on Monday, June 7, 2021 and ends at noon on Friday, June 11, 2021. 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.


More information will be posted in Fall 2020. 

Questions regarding program content or eligibility should be directed to George A. Lopez ( Questions about logistics should be directed to Lisa Gallagher (