The Kroc Cast Podcast

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Peace Studies is a multidisciplinary field of study and practice in service of addressing some of the world's most pressing problems and finding strategies for building sustainable peace.The Kroc Cast is a new podcast featuring peace studies conversations convened among faculty, staff, alumni, visiting fellows, and friends of the Kroc Institute, a global peace studies hub. 

Tune in for 30-45 minute conversations on current events, emerging research, and peacebuilding work around the world. 

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Introducing The Kroc Cast

An introduction to The Kroc Cast and the field of peace studies, featuring voices of faculty, staff, and graduate students from across the University of Notre Dame's Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies. 


Episode 13

Faculty members associated with the Madrasa Discourses project at the Kroc Institute discuss the program's unique efforts to engage madrasa scholars in conversations about religion, society and epistemology. Joshua Lupo, Madrasa Discourses classroom coordinator, moderates a conversation with Ebrahim Moosa, primary investigator for Madrasa Discourses, Mahan Mirza, Madrasa Discourses Advisor, Waris Mazhari, faculty member in India, and Ammar Khan Nasir, faculty member in Pakistan. The Madrasa Discourses project is part of the Contending Modernities initiative, which is a joint effort of the Kroc Institute and the Keough School of Global Affairs.


Episode 12

This episode is the third in a series of four episodes hosted by Professor Mary Ellen O’Connell focusing on themes laid out in her 2019 book, "The Art of Law in the International Community." Mary Ellen is the Robert & Marion Short Professor of Law and Research Professor of International Dispute Resolution. In this episode, she talks with Maria J. Stephan, director of the Program on Nonviolent Action at the U.S. Institute of Peace.


Episode 11

Catherine Bolten, associate professor of anthropology and peace studies, sits down to talk with Siobhan McEvoy Levy, professor of political science and peace and conflict studies at Butler University. They discuss peace studies, pop culture, and the instrumental role of youth and young adults in building peace.


Episode 10

Kroc Institute Communications Program Director, Hannah Heinzekehr, talks with Peter Wallensteen, the Richard G. Starmann Sr. Research Professor Emeritus of Peace Studies, and Kroc Institute Visiting fellow Abba Hagos Hayish Fessuh about the recent awarding of the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize to Ethiopian Prime Minister Dr. Abiy Ahmed. They also discuss the history and current realities of the conflict at the Ethiopian and Eritrean border and challenges and opportunities facing peacebuilders in Ethiopia.


Episode 9

Notre Dame Professor of Theology and Peace Studies Fr. Emmanuel Katongole and Fr. Jean Baptiste Mvukiyehe discuss the genocide in Rwanda on its twenty-fifth anniversary, the process of healing from traumatic memories, and more. This episode is one of many conversations recorded during the Kroc Institute’s Building Sustainable Peace Conference in November 2019.


Episode 8

Kroc Institute Director of Catholic Peacebuilding Studies Jerry Powers sits down to talk with Professor Maryann Cusimano Love and Professor Tobias Winright about nuclear disarmament, the Catholic church, and what to expect during Pope Francis’ upcoming visit to Tokyo, Hiroshima, and Nagasaki in Japan from November 23 to 26.


Episode 7

This episode is the second part of a four part conversation featuring Professor Mary Ellen O’Connell talking about themes emerging from her 2019 book, "The Art of Law in the International Community." O’Connell is the Robert and Marion Short Professor of Law and Research Professor of International Dispute at Notre Dame. O’Connell is joined by Professor Samuel Moyn, the Henry R. Luce Professor of Jurisprudence and Professor of History at Yale Law School. They discuss the history of legal movements to prohibit the use of force and military aggression.


Episode 6

Peter Quaranto, a 2006 Notre Dame graduate and peace studies alum who works as a Senior Advisor for Peace and Security at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C., talks with David Cortright, Director of Policy Studies and the Peace Accords Matrix project at the Kroc Institute. Peter discusses his career, the stabilization in international conflicts, global fragility, and how peace studies plays a role in his day-to-day work.


Episode 5

A conversation with Mary Kate Battle, a 2010 Notre Dame graduate and peace studies alumna who works as a Business Development Specialist with Catholic Relief Services. Mary Kate talks with Anne Hayner, Associate Director for Alumni Relations at the Kroc Institute, about her career, international development in diverse contexts, and how peace studies plays a role in her day-to-day work.


Episode 4

A discussion of the escalating tensions between the United States and Iran following September 14 drone strikes on Saudi Aramco oil processing facilities. George Lopez, the Rev. Theodore Hesburgh Professor Emeritus of Peace Studies sits down to talk with Susan Page, visiting professor of the practice at the Keough School of Global Affairs, Ebrahim Moosa, professor Islamic Studies, and David Cortright, Kroc Institute Director of Policy Studies and the Peace Accords Matrix Project.


Episode 3

A discussion on the unprecedented global forced migration crisis, featuring Kroc Institute Executive Director Erin Corcoran, Diane Desierto, Associate Professor of Human Rights Law and Global Affairs at Notre Dame’s Keough School, and Cory Smith, an expert on U.S. immigration policy and refugee issues.


Episode 2

In our second episode, Kroc Institute Director of Catholic Peacebuilding Studies Jerry Powers sits down to talk with Dr. James Muller, co-founder of the Nobel Peace Prize winning organization International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War, and Professor Emeritus George Lopez about the history, present, and future of the movement toward nuclear disarmament.


Episode 1

Kroc Institute faculty members Mary Ellen O’Connell, the Robert and Marion Short Professor of Law and Research Professor of International Dispute Resolution, and George A. Lopez, Professor Emeritus of Peace Studies, discuss international law, peace studies, realism, aesthetic philosophy and more, drawing on insights from O'Connell's new book, "The Art of Law in the International Community."