Peace Studies Faculty from Around the Globe Attend Summer Institute

Author: Kristi Flaherty

Thirty-six faculty from 14 educational institutions from the United States and around the world attended the Kroc Institute’s 9th annual Summer Institute for Faculty, "Teaching Peace in the 21st Century," held at Notre Dame from June 19-23, 2017. This year's Summer Institute was co-sponsored by the Kroc Institute and the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) in Washington, D.C.

The Summer Institute engages teams of faculty, in any field, who seek to launch or expand peace studies programs at their colleges and universities. Interdisciplinary peace studies programs have been shown to enhance student learning, faculty teaching and research, and community and world engagement.


This year's participants represented the following institutions:

  • Colegio de Estudios Superiores de Administracion ­– CESA (Bogotá, Colombia)
  • Dawson College (Montreal, Canada)                                                                  
  • Framingham State University (Framingham, Massachusetts)         
  • Hope College (Holland, Michigan)                                                                     
  • Knox College (Galesburg, Illinois)                                                                     
  • Lewis University (Romeoville, Illinois)                                                                       
  • Mount St. Mary's University (Emmitsburg, Maryland)                                  
  • Santa Ana College (Santa Ana, California)                                                         
  • Seoul National University (Seoul, Republic of Korea)                                   
  • Unibautista Institucion Universitaria (Cali & Bogotá, Colombia)               
  • Universidad de La Salle (Bogotá, Colombia)                                                    
  • University of Massachusetts Lowell (Lowell, Massachusetts)                    
  • University of National and World Economy (Sofia, Bulgaria)                     
  • Wilmington University (Wilmington, Delaware)

George A. Lopez, an internationally recognized authority on peace studies program development, led the Institute. Now Hesburgh Chair of Peace Studies, Emeritus at the Kroc Institute, Lopez also served as Vice President of the Academy for International Conflict Management and Peacebuilding at USIP from September 2013 – August 2015.


Since the Summer Institute was created in 2009, 410 faculty from 115 institutions have attended the Kroc Institute's weeklong event.


Contact: George Lopez,