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  Volume 39  


2011-2012 Activities of the Manchester Peace Studies Institute


Peace Studies Overnight Retreat and Planning Session, Koinonia Nature Center

Good Morning America clip featured - Our Three Words (work for peace)

Prayer service on campus for the International Day of Prayer for Peace

Peace Studies/Accounting and Business Club blood drive challenge


Homecoming reception

  • dedication of a plaque in the Muir Peace Garden to Ken Brown

Campus visit by Jim Fitz, Christian Peacemaker Teams /Colombia

Campus visit by Professor Mark Lance (Georgetown University)

  • VIA:  “Anarchism and Democracy”

Occupy MC!  Teach-ins about the Occupy Wall Street movement (five classes occupied)

Moved Education for Conflict Resolution (ECR) to campus office

PJSA/Gandhi-King Society conference, Memphis TN

  • panel presentation by peace studies students


Exhibit of crosses on the college Mall for Veterans Day

School of the Americas Sessions, Trainings and Protest, Ft. Benning, Columbus GA

  • included students from COMM 432: Guerrilla Journalism for course project
  • staffed a table with information about Manchester’s peace studies program


Finals Week Breakfast

February 2012    

Campus visit by Gershon Baskin, founder of IPCRI

  • VIA:  “A Breakthrough in Middle East Peace”

Student presentations at Timbercrest, Seniors for Peace

Model UN at Harvard

  • PSI financial support for Model UN team


Spring break service trip to Heifer Ranch (group of twelve)

VIA: “The Good Soldier” documentary, followed by discussion led by Mike Kraus (Vietnam veteran and veterans’ rights activist) and John Ott (psychologist at Fort Wayne Veterans Administration hospital)



VIA:  “How to Start a Revolution” documentary, discussion led by A. Fuller and K.Gray Brown

Peace Week co-sponsor:  “Building Bridges”

  • primary organizing done by Campus Interfaith Board, with assistance from PSI

Bethany Presidential Forum, Bethany Seminary (sponsored four students to attend)

Camp-out and canoe trip


Graduation Pledge Alliance – Social Responsibility pledge for graduating seniors

Progressive Dinner for students at the homes of faculty members

Finals Week Breakfast

Finals Week Farewell to the Ad Building/pack up the peace studies lounge

Additional note

While peace studies was not an official sponsor, the program offered organizational support for two additional VIA/campus guests:  SoulForce (October) and Invisible Children (May).

On-going activities

Every Monday nightKenapocomoco Coalition (peace studies student discussion group) 10-30 participants/week.  Topics and speakers included:  Urban and rural intentional community models (Bluefields farm, Shalom House in Philadelphia); BCA experiences; CPT reports from Palestine/Israel and Tennessee; Consensus building workshop; SOPA/PIPA; Buddhism as culture and as personal practice; Report from model UN Harvard sessions; spring break report from Heifer project; NATO/G8 summit; Fracking;

Every Thursday nightSocial Justice Film Series (Peace House Movie Night) 5-10 participants/week. 

Kiva Team:            

Manchester Peace Studies Institute lending team for Kiva, an organization that makes low-interest loans for poor people, allowing you to choose how much to lend and to whom. http://www.kiva.org/team/manchester_college_peace_studies

  • The Manchester Peace Studies Institute lending team has 28 members who have collectively loaned $5250 through Kiva, as of July 2012. 

Peace Studies Institute Publications: Bulletin of the Peace Studies Institute and Peace Posts (blog of the PSI)



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