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Welcome to the Peace & Conflict Studies Minor

The Peace and Conflict Studies Minor provides an interdisciplinary study of peace, war, international relations, and conflict resolution. It is designed for those interested in careers in adventure education, conflict resolution, management, public relations, organization work, and social work. The minor is designed to build analytical skills that can be applied to a range of situations. Specifically, students will become more familiar with positive and negative peace, nationalism, nation building, globalization, and conflict resolution strategies including negotiation and mediation.

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During spring, several PEAC 401 students became certified in Conflict Analysis by the United States Intstitute of Peace.

During spring, PEAC 401 students partnered with the Shanta Foundation to research and write grant proposals for several new potential programs. 

In April, four FLC students (including two PCS minors) presented at the 2018 Notre dame Student Peace Conference:

  • Tate Howes and Alicia Nequatewa presented "Pathways to Healing: Peace Through Reconciliation" 
  • Elizabeth Ferguson and Amanda Vodicka presented "Battle for Bear Ears: Exposing Injustices Towards Indigenous People"

PCS is hosting a workshop entitled Emotional Intelligence Training on 11/13 at 7pm in the Senate Chambers. 

PCS coordinator Dr. Erik Juergensmeyer partictpated in a panel discussion on ending youth incarceration on 10/23. 

PCS is hosting a round table discussion entitled "Myanmar: past, Present, Future" on Monday 10/2 at 7 pm in the Vallecito Room. Mike and Tricia Karpfen from the Shanta Foundation will help us better understand the troubling current events. 

Peace Studies graduate Conor Laing is now working in Washington, D.C. for the National Journal (Atlantic Media) as a Health Policy Analyst and has offered contact help for PCS students. Contact him now here.

Fort Lewis College Peace and Conflict Studies Students present at Notre Dame Peace Conference. Haley Escheman, Alicia Nequatewa, Lauren Watson, and Sienna Wells presented their paper "Celebrating Indigenous Peoples: A Pathway to Peace."

PEAC 101 students Chris Mendoza and Ava Worm interview local activist and author Katrina Blair on KDUR. Listen here.

Renowned Peace Activist Kathy Kelly meets with PEAC 101 students to discuss the drug trade in Afghanitsan.

New Peace and Conflict Studies Curriculum for Fall 2016: Following the campus-wide curriculm redesign for many majors and the credit change for all classes, the Peace Studies Minor has undergone some positive redesign (see "courses" link to the left)

FLC Peace 101 Students spend Thanksgiving Break at Black Mesa, continuing a project from PEAC 401

FLC PEAC 101 students Rachel Giersch, Breet Sherman, and Jaylen Terry produce a song based on the injustices of Black Mesa. Listen here.

On Veterans Day, Peace and Conflict Studies screens Frame by Frame and hosts a discussion by Peace minor graduate and veteran Michael Long.

FLC Peace and Conflict Studies now hosts Peace Studies Journal.

Join us for Hip Hop for social justice

The Water Justice Project--a PEAC 401 product--has a successful Animas River cleanup!

Peace 401 students present their work on Black Mesa at the 2015 Notre Dame Student Peace Conference

Sister Helen Prejean visits with PEAC 101 students on 10/21 to discuss the death penalty and social activism.

Albert Einstein Institute Executive Director Jamila Raqib visits with PEAC 101 students on 10/2 to discuss methods of nonviolent action. Hear an interview with her.

Peace scholar David Cortright to visit FLC in March. He will visit PEAC 401 on 3/6, speak at Life-Long Learning series on 3/6 at 7 pm, and visit Sociology classes on Friday 3/7.

KDUR radio show documents work of FLC faculty engaged in activism and ending structural violence. Listen here: KDUR Making a Difference

Myanmar expert Priscilla Clapp visits PEAC 101 class on 10/3. See her report on Sustaining Myanmar's Transition.

PEAC Minor students host fundraiser/silent auction for orphanage in Tanzania: Friday 2/22 from 6-9 pm at the DSNGRR Train Museum.

Notre Dame faculty member Dr. Larissa Fast visits PEAC 101 to present on NGO security

Three former PEAC 401 students discuss NGO work in Tanzania on KDUR

FLC faculty Drs. Erik Juergensmeyer, Pete McCormick, and Bill Mangrum attend Notre Dame Kroc Institute for Teaching Peace in the 21st Century

Two former  PEAC 401 students get summer employment as grant writers after strong semester project

Three former PEAC 401 students go to Africa to work for an orphanage

John Paul Lederach visits campus to speak on social healing and meet with PEAC students.. To see his entire presentation, click here.