Peace Studies faculty from around the world attend University of Notre Dame’s Summer Institute for faculty

Author: Hannah Heinzekehr

All attendees at the 2018 Summer Institute for Faculty in front of Jenkins Nanovic halls on the Notre Dame campus.

Sixty-four faculty from seven countries around the world attended the tenth annual Summer Institute (SI) for Faculty at the University of Notre Dame’s Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies from June 11-15. The SI is a week-long training for academics who want to launch or strengthen peace studies programs at their colleges or universities. This year’s SI attendance was the largest in history. The event coincided with the 35-year anniversary of peace studies at the University of Notre Dame.


The SI invites colleges and universities to send teams of three or more professors, administrators and researchers for an intensive learning experience. Attendees participated in plenary sessions in the morning and then work as a team on a previously identified project or challenge facing their own institution during afternoon sessions. Kroc faculty members met with the teams to provide guidance and input when needed.


Institutions represented at this year’s SI event included:

  • Austin (Texas) Community College
  • Avila University, Kansas City, Missouri
  • Bethel College, North Newton, Kansas
  • Biola University, La Mirada, California
  • Bjørknes University College, Oslo, Norway
  • Concordia University Chicago
  • Dawson College, Montreal, Quebec
  • International Federation of Catholic Universities Peace Studies Network
  • Interreligious Theological Studies Program, Sarajevo
  • Lewis University, Romeoville, Illinois
  • Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Seattle University
  • St. Thomas More College, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
  • Universidad Cooperativa de Colombia
  • Universidad de La Salle, Bogotá and Yopal, Colombia
  • University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Arkansas
  • Unniversity of Innsbruck, Austria
  • University of Montevallo, Alabama
  • Valencia College, Orlando, Florida
  • Wellesley (Massachusetts) College


Since its inaugural event in 2009, the SI has hosted over 410 attendees from 115 different institutions across six continents. In addition, Kroc faculty have conducted modified programs like the SI in Uganda and are presenting a similar training in Bogota, Colombia, from June 18-22.


“At the SI, we want to make space for institutions to come to our campus for an intensive week of learning and hopefully to go home empowered with new knowledge and a curricular plan,” says George A. Lopez, Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C., Professor Emeritus of Peace Studies at Notre Dame and the founder of the SI. “We hope that universities will understand the perspectives and skills in peace studies as the critical citizenship education of our era.”


The SI is co-sponsored by the United States Institute of Peace. The Kroc Institute is an integral part of Notre Dame’s new Keough School of Global Affairs.  


The 11th annual SI will take place June 10-14, 2019.


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About the Kroc Institute: The Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies supports study, research and practice centered on strategies for sustainable peace and supports undergraduate, master’s, and Ph.D. students in peace studies.



George A. Lopez,

Hannah Heinzekehr, Director of Communications,