Looking back at her career
both as a history professor and student, Beth Kraig remembers
time periods that history teachers often glossed over
the time between wars.
"In history classes, this
has been considered a void," Kraig said. "What
we were missing from this period was something that we may
call 'peace.' We want to find out what happened during peace
More than a dozen PLU faculty
(led by psychology professor Chris Hansvick and Kraig) have
proposed the creation of a Peace Studies program at PLU.
These faculty members make up the Peace Studies Working
In the works since spring 2001,
the group takes seriously PLU's mission to educate for lives
of service, thoughtful inquiry, service, leadership and
care. Inspired by that, the group has its own mission: "to
cultivate graduates who are aware, responsible, and actively
engaged in the affairs of the world."
The Peace Studies group hopes
to create an interdisciplinary program committed to understanding
the origins of conflicts that create violence and intolerance
and dedicated to the strategies and visions of movements
seeking sustainable justice and peace.
The first big step in this
program is a seminar in Peace Studies that will be offered
next fall as a four-credit independent studies seminar,
where students will be working under the framework of "Peace
and Conflict In the Last Century."
"We all see ourselves
as students of peace in this process," Hansvick said.
"This program is of the most energizing things I've
done at PLU.
The first student grants for
international study were announced last month. The winners,
including student, major (if applicable), project, and grant
Heidi Kyle, history,
for interviews and archival research at the National Holocaust
Museum in Washington D.C., $1,000.
Amanda Kaler, English,
for research on the Basel Convention and sustainable fishing
practices in the Philippines, $750.
Kimberly Croft, Chinese
studies, for research on Chinese bureaucratic regulation
of fisheries, fleets, and aquaculture, $750.
Jeannie Sur, global studies,
to use her Korean language skills to assemble training materials
for environmental groups and workshops at Seoul University,
Rosa McLeod and Jennifer
Redding, both leaders of the student group Students
for Justice Coalition, to attend a conference, The
Power of Nonviolence, in New York City, $1,250.They
will also share their experiences with PLU students in Peace
Jennifer Harsch, psychology,
to complete research in Tanzania for a cross-cultural study
of concepts of religion
and spirituality, $500.
Bryson Adams, Spanish,
to study Spanish language and culture in Cuzco, Peru, $1,000.
James Kozak, Chinese studies,
to produce a video exploring urban identities in Beijing,
Shanghai, and Hong Kong, $1,000.
Juliann Miller, communications,
to assist Professor Joanne Lisosky in the production of
a video about UNESCOs Community Multimedia Centres
in Africa, $650.
Nova Schauss and Alexa Folsom-Hill,
to organize an art exhibit that emphasizes international
reproductive health and safety, $350.
Thu Huynh Nguyen, political
science, to travel to Vietnam to study the impact of
state policy on contemporary Vietnamese music and dance,
Kimberly Andre, Scandinavian
Studies, to travel to Norway to research and write a
history of the Namibia Association of Norway (NAMAS), $1,000.
Leah Sprain, to research
fair trade coffee cooperatives in Central America, $1,000.