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Manchester University Peace Studies Institute
and Program in Conflict Resolution

Peace studies explores the frontiers of nonviolent alternatives to conflict, whether in our personal lives or international relations. This interdivisional major and minor consist of courses drawn from a number of disciplines that relate to the analysis and transformation of conflict. Formal concentrations within the major are: interpersonal and intergroup conflict studies, religious and philosophical bases, international global studies, and social inequality studies. Students may also choose to design an individualized concentration within the major.

Established in 1948, the Peace Studies Institute and Program for Conflict Resolution at Manchester University pioneered as the first undergraduate Peace Studies program in the United States. The curriculum offers a major in Peace Studies as well as a minor.

The Manchester Peace Studies Institute sponsors public conferences and programs for the university and community on topics related to world peace and conflict resolution. Nonviolent Social Change, formerly known as the Bulletin of the Peace Studies Institute, publishes academic papers and news of the program. Recent issues have included award-winning student research papers, autobiographies of contemporary peacemakers, faculty and staff articles on peace and justice topics, and reports from our non-governmental representative to the United Nations.

For information about the peace studies program at Manchester University, contact Katy Gray Brown, director of the Peace Studies Institute, at klgraybrown@manchester.edu or (260) 982-5343. You may also contact Phil Keim, Peace Studies Coordinator, at pckeim@manchester.edu or (260) 982-5108.


Fall 2014 happenings in Peace Studies

People's Climate March: New York City, 9/21

In September we chartered a bus with 31 MU students/faculty and 25 Depauw University students to NYC for the largest climate march in history, The People's Climate March. See more photos from the trip here, or  Read more here.


Homecoming Dedication: 10/11

This year we honored Manchester alumni Ted Studebaker '67 and Bob McFadden '51.  See more photos here, or Read more here.


Armistice Day: 11/11

Each year on Veteran's Day, we place crosses somewhere on campus to commemorate all the casualties of war.  This year the crosses were between the Academic Center and Wine Recital Hall, near the Jo Young Switzer Center.


SOA/WHINSEC protest: Georgia, 11/21-11/20

Every November MU faculty and students protest the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation at Fort Benning, GA.  This year we also attended a rally at the Stewart Detention Center in Lumpkin, GA.  See more photos here, or Read more here.



Endowed chair honors founder of Peace Studies Program
The Gladdys Muir Peace Studies Endowed Chair enhances the prestige of Manchester’s groundbreaking program and helps ensure its future. Learn more >



Memorial fund established in honor of peace studies professor and activist Ken Brown
The Kenneth and Viona Brown Peace Fund at Manchester University supports peace studies experiential education opportunities for Manchester students. Learn more >






Mahatma Gandhi
"The force generated
by nonviolence is
infinitely greater than
the force of all the
arms invented by
man's ingenuity."
- Mahatma Gandhi



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