Peace in the Time of a Pandemic: Video Shorts

In the midst of the ongoing global pandemic, how are efforts to build peace and address the causes of violent conflict and injustice impacted? 

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New video shorts will be released via Facebook and on this page each Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. EDT (3:00 p.m. GMT).Throughout the summer, join faculty members and graduate students from the University of Notre Dame’s Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies for weekly video conversations related to the COVID-19 crisis, current events, and peace studies. 

Episode 1: The Impact of Coronavirus on Ramadan 2020

Featuring Professor of Islamic Studies Ebrahim Moosa with Madrasa Discourses participants Sumera Saleem (Pakistan) and Saiful Hadi (India). Learn more about the Madrasa Discourses project at

Episode 2: COVID-19 and the Global Refugee Crisis

Featuring Kroc Institute Executive Director Erin Corcoran and Bill Frelick, Director of the Refugee and Migrant Rights Division, Human Rights Watch

Episode 3: AI, Early Warnings, and Political Instability in the COVID-19 Era

Featuring Associate Professor of Political Science and Peace Studies Ernesto Verdeja and Kroc Institute Faculty Fellow Walter Scheirer

Episode 4: How to Support Children and Families during a Pandemic

Featuring Kroc Institute Faculty Fellow Darcia Narvaez and Kroc Institute Doctoral Student in Psychology and Peace Studies Mary Tarsha 

Episode 5: Ongoing Protests in Hong Kong


On July 1, Hong Kong's Establishment Day, we hosted a conversation on the ongoing protest movements in the country. Featuring Victoria Hui, Associate Professor of Political Science and Kroc Institute Faculty Fellow, and Maggie Shum, Research Associate for the Master of Global Affairs Program at the Keough School of Global Affairs