Peace and Conflict Studies Institute (PACSI)

About The Peace and Conflict Studies Institute (PACSI)

The goal of the Peace and Conflict Studies Institute (PACSI) is to promote education, research and practice concerning peace and conflict issues, in both the UMass Lowell and greater-Lowell communities. We focus on

  • Conflicts at all levels—from local to national to global.
  • Social injustice (based on race, gender, economics, sexual orientation, etc.) and environmental degradation and their connections to conflicts and violence.
  • Positive alternatives to war and violence, such as conflict resolution—these are often best learned through participatory, "hands-on" activities.

PACSI is proud to announce the 2014 Greeley Scholar for Peace is Albert "Albie" Louis Sachs, judge on the Constitutional Court of South Africa appointed by Nelson Mandela in 1994 and retired in October 2009. Albie will be visiting classrooms, giving talks, taking part in the annual "Day Without Violence" event on April 8, 2014 and participating in a joint panel discussion with four previous Greeley Scholars for Peace on April 9, 2014 followed by a fundraiser featuring five Greeley Scholars of Peace that evening at the UMass Lowell Inn and Conference Center.

Part of Albie's residency here at UMass Lowell includes lecturing in a Peace and Conflict Studies Course designed around his visit here. Students can obtain a degree in Peace and Conflict Studies at both the undergraduate and graduate level.