Summer Institute prepares faculty to teach peace

Author: Joan Fallon

George Lopez

Drawing on the success of last year’s program, the University of Notre Dame’s Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies is preparing for its second annual Summer Institute in Peace Studies Program Development, which will be held June 13 to 18 (Sunday to Friday) at Notre Dame.

Teams of faculty in any field who are interested in peace studies can apply to the summer institute, which is designed to equip professors to launch or strengthen peace studies programs on their own campuses.

The institute is led by Kroc Institute professor George A. Lopez, an authority on peace studies program development, and run by Kroc faculty and staff. Participants engage intellectually with leading thinkers on peace studies research, teaching, and practice; collaborate on course development; and explore the pedagogical, administrative and communications challenges of peace studies. Last year, nearly 50 faculty members from 19 colleges and universities across the United States participated in the program.

More information and an online application are available on the Kroc Institute Web site.
Applications are due by March 1.

Although this year’s program is limited to faculty who teach in North America, the Kroc Institute is making plans to hold international institutes in the future.

Contact: George A. Lopez,, or Kathy Smarrella, events coordinator,