Juniata College in Huntingdon, PA hosted a gathering March 20-23, 2014 of 40 peace studies academics, researchers, and practitioners to explore the current state of the field. Titled “Reconstructing Peace Studies: Assessing New Knowledge and Outcomes” and hosted by the College’s Baker Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies, the event was organized by Celia Cook-Huffman, associate director of the Institute. Tony Jenkins of the National Peace Academy acted as facilitator of the program.
The meeting was framed as an opportunity to consider program goals and student outcomes in the field. During the 4-days peace studies faculty and practitioners presented on:
- What are the social and political purposes/goals of the field?
- Teaching peace studies
- How do we ask our students to identify, explore and develop attitudes, values and opinions?
- What should peace studies students know?
- What should peace studies students be able to do?
- Program and course assessment strategies, tools and critiques
Organizations and schools represented at the meeting included the Peace and Justice Studies Association, Arcadia University, the University of Notre Dame, PeacePraxis, the Congolese American Council for Peace and Development, Georgetown University, George Mason University, and the Biosophical Institute.
Presenters included Angie Lederach from the University of Notre Dame, Mary Adams Trujillo from North Park University, Jim Skelly from Juniata College, and JoAnn Bowman from Chemonics.
As part of the program, working groups were set up to explore specific topics and aspects of peace studies that called for more exploration. In the future, the outcome of these groups will be reported.
If you have questions about the meeting, contact Celia Cook-Huffman at COOKHU@juniata.edu or Tony Jenkins at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Proceedings from the meeting, including working group reports can be found here.