Summer Institute Focuses on Teaching Peace


From June 13-18, more than 60 faculty from 19 colleges, universities and other organizations are attending the Kroc Institute's second annual Summer Institute for Faculty, "Teaching Peace in the 21st Century." 

The weeklong institute was created in response to growing interest in peace studies at the college and university level. Participants come from institutions in the United States, Colombia, and Israel, including:

Abilene Christian University

Arizona State University

Austin Community College

Caribbean Citizens' Reconciliation Commission

Coastal Carolina University

College of the Holy Cross

Marquette University

Norwalk Community College

Nyack College

Oklahoma City University

Portland Community College

St. Norbert College

United States Institute of Peace

University of Haifa

University of Louisville

University of Massachusetts Lowell

University of Notre Dame

University of Tennessee Knoxville

Valencia Community College

The Summer Institute was created to guide teams of faculty seeking to launch or expand peace studies programs. George A. Lopez, an internationally recognized authority on peace studies program development, led the Institute, along with about a dozen faculty and staff from the Kroc Institute. 

About 400 colleges and universities around the world offer peace studies programs at the undergraduate level. The Kroc Institute is unique in higher education for its combination of a substantive research agenda and degree programs at all levels — doctoral, master’s, and undergraduate. The Kroc Institute’s nearly 25 year history and faculty who are pioneers in the field position Kroc to help academic institutions with peace studies programs at every stage of development. 

Contact: Renée LaReau, (574) 631-5098,