Friday, August 28, 2009

University Peace Program Welcomes New Graduate Students

Ahmad Al-Hadidi, from Iraq, shown above with other master’s and Ph.D. students in the International Peace Research class

Looks like there is a new trend here toward students from the East and hopefully more graduates will be soon working alongside and under leadership from Middle Eastern and "Eastern" connected countries - including Central Asia to help the efforts of peace in these volatile places so wrecked and currently being devastated by American interests, military and oil greed. This blogger also prays that there will be more such courses and classes taught by scholars and experts from more Eastern background, Palestinians and Asians as well. I'm hoping and quite sure that students such as those mentioned here - will also be part of the instruction and teaching even now at Notre Dame in America. May many listen well, including their professors?

This is NOT the time for Westerners to dominate such teaching posts nor programs - especially NOT the professorships in my solitary humble opinion. What do you think? Still, this is obviously a fruitful worthy effort and looks much better than most in that not only negotiation principles are taught but also Peace Church people and methods are included (Mennonites, Quakers, Church of the Brethren and other Anabaptists) John Yoder, a Mennonite, is featured along with his NON-VIOLENT methods and many useful books are available through this site.

See what former students have been doing with their studies here

Welcome New Peace Students
August 28, 2009
Contact:Joan Fallon, (574) 631-8819,

Peace studies graduate students attending a class in International Peace Research.
Classes began this week for Notre Dame students, including 16 new master’s students and 4 new doctoral students in peace studies.

The Kroc Institute* master’s class of 2011 includes students from Canada, Germany, India, Iran, Iraq, Kenya, Sierra Leone, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Turkmenistan, Uganda, and the United States. Ahmad Al-Hadidi, shown above with other master’s and Ph.D. students in the International Peace Research class taught by professor Peter Wallensteen, is from Iraq.

Most of the students from the class of 2010 have begun their 5-month field internships in Cape Town, South Africa; Kampala, Uganda; the Philippines, and Jerusalem. They will return to campus in January to complete the second year of the 2-year program.

Doctoral students joining the Kroc Institute in this — the new Ph.D. program’s second year — bring to a total of 9 the number of students pursuing doctoral degrees at Notre Dame in peace studies and history, political science, sociology, and psychology.

Approximately 200 Notre Dame undergraduates have chosen peace studies as a second major or minor, combining it with their majors in the social sciences, humanities, business, or science.


About Kroc People
The Kroc Institute’s international, multidisciplinary community spans the globe. It includes faculty and staff, undergraduate and graduate students, alumni, and visiting research fellows. It also includes peace scholars and peace practitioners working around the world in conflict zones and in regions at risk for violent conflict.

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