A group of Gonzaga University faculty and students is discussing the idea of establishing an academic program focused on peace studies, and a representative from the U.S. Institute of Peace will visit campus this week to host an open forum to further explore the possibility.
Attorney David J. Smith, senior program officer for the U.S. Institute of Peace in Washington, D.C. will be on campus Friday, May 5. As part of his visit, Smith will host an open session for the Gonzaga community at 3 p.m. Friday in Room 110 of the Jundt Art Center and Museum. The Justice Club, a student group, is among those exploring the idea.
Smith will discuss the mission and programs of the U.S. Institute of Peace and examine peace studies and conflict resolution programs at other colleges and universities. Those interested in topics related to the Institute or the possibility of a peace and conflict studies academic program at Gonzaga are encouraged to attend.
The Institute, enabled by the U.S. Institute of Peace Act enacted Oct. 19, 1984, offers a significant amount of money for grants and research projects it deems worthy. The Institute’s mandate, established by Congress, is to support the development, transmission and use of knowledge to promote peace and curb violent international conflict.
To this end, the Act directs the Institute to serve the American people and government through the “widest possible range of education and training, basic and applied research opportunities, and peace information services on the means to promote international peace and resolution of conflicts among the nations and people of the world without recourse to violence,” the Peace Act states.
For more information, contact GU religious studies Associate Professor Ron Large at (509) 323-6767 or via e-mail at email@example.com.