Interactive Timeline Celebrates 25 Years of Kroc History

Author: Joan Fallon

To celebrate its 25th anniversary, the University of Notre Dame’s Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies has launched an interactive and multimedia timeline highlighting 144 milestones in its history. 

The timeline features text, photos, and video focusing on a range of events and achievements — from the early 1980s, when the first undergraduate peace studies classes were offered at Notre Dame, through the 1990s to the present, when Mrs. Joan B. Kroc’s extraordinary gifts (a total of $70 million), as well as the gifts of other friends of peace, fueled growth in peace research, teaching (including master’s and Ph.D. programs), and impact on policymaking and peacebuilding.

The timeline includes several videos, including those featuring the Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C., president emeritus of Notre Dame and founder of the Kroc Institute, and reflections on the past and future by Scott Appleby, director of the Kroc Institute.

The Kroc Institute, a leading center for interdisciplinary research and teaching on the causes of violent conflict and strategies for sustainable peace, offers undergraduate, master’s, and Ph.D. programs in peace studies and engages with an alumni network of more than 1,000 graduates at work around the world. 

The Kroc Institute’s mission is integral to Notre Dame, an international Catholic research university. The Institute fosters collaboration between religious and secular traditions, strengthening the capacity of all for peacebuilding. Faculty and students represent many religious and secular traditions and share a commitment to peace.  

Contact: Joan Fallon, 574-631-8819,