Manchester to honor global peace scholar
at commencement ceremony Sunday, May 23
NORTH MANCHESTER, Ind. – On Sunday, May 23,
Manchester College will deliver 223 bachelor’s degrees, 16 master’s
degrees, seven associate’s degrees and honor one of the nation’s most
important thinkers in the study of world order and peace.
The commencement ceremony begins at 2:30 p.m. on
Sunday, in the Physical Education and Recreation Center, following an 11
a.m. baccalaureate in Cordier Auditorium. The college’s first three
graduates of its Master of Arts in Contemporary Leadership program will
collect their diplomas, and 37 seniors will graduate with honor, said
Registrar Lila D. Hammer.
Robert C. Johansen, a widely published expert on
international ethics and global governance, the United Nations and the
maintenance of peace and security, will receive an honorary degree,
Doctor of Humane Letters. Johansen, who graduated with distinction in
1962 from Manchester College, is conducting research on enhancing U.N.
peacekeeping and enforcement as senior fellow in the Joan B. Kroc
Institute for International Peace Studies at the University of Notre
Johansen will speak briefly at commencement. His
articles have appeared in The Atlantic, Harper’s, The New York Times
and other popular periodicals, and in World Politics, Third
World Quarterly and many other professional journals. His books
include The Constitutional Foundations of World Peace and The
National Interest and the Human Interest: An Analysis of U.S. Foreign
“Part of Dr. Johansen’s renown comes from his
willingness to ask hard questions, even in difficult times,” said
Manchester College President Parker G. Marden. “Most political
scientists analyze the world with matters of war taken as given. He
questions, ‘Must there be a war system at all?’”
Johansen was an important part of the development
of Manchester College’s program in Peace Studies, Marden noted.
Established in 1948, the Peace Studies Institute and Program for
Conflict Resolution at Manchester College pioneered as the first
undergraduate Peace Studies program in the United States. The curriculum
offers a major and minor in Peace Studies.
Johansen recently became a co-founding member of
the first board of directors of e-Parliament, a worldwide forum for all
elected members of congresses and parliaments throughout the world,
conducted primarily on the Internet. The e-Parliament will discuss
global problems that can be successfully addressed only through global
solutions, Johansen said.
Manchester is a Church of the Brethren college,
offering 45 areas of study to 1,170 students from 29 states and 33
countries. For more information about the college, visit