++++Saturday – 17February2007 ++++


Event: Symposium to Promote Peace and Conflict Studies at Oberlin College

Category Meetings/Gatherings

Date:  Saturday, February 17, 2007, 10:45 AM

Location: All Events at Lewis Environmental Studies Center

Cost: Free

Sponsor: Peace and Conflict Studies Development Group

Additional Sponsors:  Politics and Psychology Departments


Summary:  A series of workshops to consider peacemaking and the teaching of peacemaking from different perspectives.  The day will conclude with a panel discussion concerning possible ways to implement a Peace and Conflict Studies program at Oberlin College. 


10:45 - 11:45 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.  Merriman is the director of programs and research at the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict. He has worked in the field of strategic nonviolent conflict since 2002. Prior to coming to ICNC, Hardy worked for three years with Dr. Gene Sharp at the Albert Einstein Institution (AEI) in Boston. He contributed to and edited Dr. Sharp's latest book, Waging Nonviolent Struggle: 20th Century Practice and 21st Century Potential.  In addition to his work in the field of strategic nonviolent conflict, he has worked as a teacher in Zimbabwe, done field research in India and Tibet, and managed an electoral campaign for a mayor in the Seattle area. He received his B.A. in politics from Oberlin College.


11:45-12:30  Lunch – free meal to be provided


12:30 – 1:30  Parallel Workshops by guests from other colleges and universities.


Workshop A: Lee Smithey

“Peace Studies and Action”


Professor Smithey is Director of the Peace and Conflict Studies Program at Swarthmore College. His teaching and Research Interests include: Peace and Conflict Studies, Social Movements, Conflict Transformation, Northern Ireland, Qualitative Methods and Nonviolent Action.  He is currently the chair of the American Sociological Association section on Peace, War and Social Conflict


Workshop B: Carol Hunter

“Introduction to Peace Studies: History of Nonviolent Movements”


Professor Hunter teaches a core course for Earlham College’s Peace and Global    Studies   She is the co-author with James Juhnke of the book, “ The Missing Peace: The Search for Nonviolent Alternatives in United States History.”  This book now in its second edition is not a history of peace movements in America. Rather, it begins and calls others to continue the much larger task of viewing American history through a peacemaker’s lens.


2:00 – 3:30 Panel discussion:

“Brainstorming and Recommendations for a Peace and Conflict Studies Concentration”


Panel participants:

Moderator: Prof. Steve Mayer (Oberlin College)

Members: Sheera Bornstein (OC ’08), Prof. Steve Crowley (Oberlin College),

Prof. Carol Hunter (Earlham College), Colin Jones (OC ’08),

Prof. Baron Pineda (Oberlin College),  Prof. Lee Smithey (Swarthmore College) ,

Prof.  Steve Volk(Oberlin College) .


Some of the suggested questions for the panel to consider are:

1)  How to make PACS (Peace and Conflict Studies) concentration appealing and compelling to students, faculty and administration of Oberlin College?

2)  What should be the major themes to be incorporated in a PACS concentration?

3)  What models are there from other colleges?

4)  How important are internships at either community or international levels?

5)  How should a PACS concentration incorporate current events into its curriculum, e.g. the crises in  the Middle East?

6)  What should be the evidence of a successful completion of this concentration by an Oberlin student?