Peace Studies Faculty from U.S. and Africa Attend Summer Institute

Author: Renée LaReau

Fifty-five faculty from 15 educational institutions from across the United States and Africa attended the Kroc Institute’s 6th annual Summer Institute for Faculty, "Teaching Peace in the 21st Century," held at Notre Dame from June 16-20, 2014. 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:

  • Catholic University of South Sudan
  • DePaul University
  • Graceland University
  • Hekima Institute of Peace Studies and International Relations (Nairobi, Kenya)
  • Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis
  • Life and Peace Institute (Jimma, Ethiopia)
  • Roanoke College
  • St. Louis Community College
  • Stanford University
  • United States Institute of Peace - Africa Program
  • University of Bridgeport
  • University of Dayton
  • University of New Mexico
  • Valencia College
  • University of Notre Dame/United States Institute of Peace

George A. Lopez, an internationally recognized authority on peace studies program development, created and led the Institute. A long-time faculty member at the Kroc Institute, Lopez recently assumed the position of Vice President and Director of the Academy for International Conflict Management and Peacebuilding at USIP. 

Since the Summer Institute was created in 2009, 274 faculty from 91 institutions have attended the Kroc Institute's weeklong event.

Contact: George Lopez,