A symposium to promote Peace and Conflict Studies at Oberlin College,
featuring internationally known peace activists and faculty from Oberlin and sister colleges and universities!

This event was held on the Oberlin College campus from Thursday, February 15th through Saturday, February 17th 2007.  Led by noted peace educator, Colman McCarthy, we explored the necessity and practical possibilities for developing a program at Oberlin, thinking outside the box of violence and into world of peaceful conflict resolution.

Symposium Final Report
2007 Concentration Proposal

Thursday, Feb 15   details

6:000 – 7:30 pm: Lewis Atrium

An informal dinner with music by Andy Barnett and the Gateway Band.  This was a chance for informal discussions among invited students, faculty, and guests concerning the proposed concentration in Peace and Conflict Studies.

8:00 pm: Hallock Auditorium,
Lewis Environmental Center

Speaker: Colman McCarthy
“To Reach Peace, Teach Peace”

McCarthy is a former Washington Post Columnist, a noted peace educator, and author of “I’d Rather Teach Peace”

Friday, Feb 16   details

9:00 – 3:00 pm

Colman McCarthy was a guest lecturer at a selected number of Oberlin College classes.

12:00 – 1:00 pm: King Bldg. Rm. 239

Hardy Merriman demonstrated a computer simulation game of nonviolent struggle, "A Force More Powerful."

7:15 - 9:00 pm: Hallock Auditorium,
Lewis Environmental Center

Dessert and films.
"New Shoots for Peace" by Colman McCarthy and a student.
"Bringing Down a Dictator" by Steve York  - the involvement of students in the nonviolent overthrow of Serbian dictator Milosevic.
Saturday, Feb 17   details

10:45 – 11:45 am: Lewis Center

Hardy Merriman , OC ‘01
“A Force More Powerful: Strategic Nonviolent Action and Political Change”

Merriman is the Director, Programs and Research at the International Center for Nonviolent Conflict.

11:45 – 12:30 pm: Lewis Center


12:30 – 1:30 pm: Lewis Center

Workshops by guests from other colleges and universities.

Workshop A: Lee Smithey
“Peace Studies and Action”
Smithey is Director of Peace and Conflict Studies Program at Swarthmore College.

Workshop B: Carol Hunter
"Introduction to Peace Studies: History of Nonviolent Movements"
Hunter teaches this core course for Earlham College's Peace & Global Studies.

2:00 – 3:30 pm: Lewis Center

Panel discussion:  “Brainstorming and Recommendations for a Peace and Conflict Studies Concentration”

Invited participants:
Sheera Bornstein, Prof. Steve Crowley, Prof. Carol Hunter, Colin Jones, Prof. Baron Pineda, Prof. Lee Smithey, and Prof. Steve Volk, with Prof. Steve Mayer as moderator.

The symposium's list of generous sponsors included:

Office of the President
Office of Religious and Spiritual Life
Anthropology Department
History Department
Politics Department
Psychology Department
Religion Department
Forum Board
Oberlin Peace Activist League
Oberlin Young Friends
Harkness Co-op
Old Barrows Co-op
Pyle Co-op
Tank Co-op
Third World Co-op

Community Peace Builders
First Church Christian Outreach
Oberlin Cooperating Ministries
Oberlin Rotary Club
Peace Community Church

Organized by the Oberlin Peace and Conflict Studies Development Group, a student and community organization:

Sarah Bishop
Sheera Bornstein
Maia Brown
Al Carroll
Isabella Gambuto
Don Hultquist
Jong Kim
Tom Lock
Judy Riggle
Alesandra Zsiba