Peace and Conflict Studies Institute (PACSI)

Lectures & Discussions

We organize several events on campus each semester, in addition to the Days Without Violence every April.

We endeavor to present diverse topics including local, national and global issues. We address not only overt violence, but also the more subtle and invisible structural violence, e.g. suffering connected to gender, race, sexual orientation, poverty, environmental degradation, etc. and analyze the connections between all types of conflict and violence.  We also work to promote an understanding of actionable, positive alternatives to violence. 

Since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, we have paid particular attention to promoting understanding of the deeper causes of terrorism, war and violence. We also have sought to promote respectful dialogue between people of different political, religious or other beliefs.

We greatly appreciate the wide range of skills, experience among faculty, staff and students and work to incorporate their expertise into our events.

Past topics have included:

  • “Agenda for a New Democracy,” by Ralph Nader
  • “Civil Liberties After September 11”
  • “The Effects of Domestic Violence on Children”
  • “From Selma to D.C.Statehood: Lessons from the Civil Rights Movement” by James Forman
  • “The Future of Gun Control”
  • “Gays in the Military”
  • “Globalization, Resource Wars and Petro Dollars,” by Michael T. Klare (Hampshire College)
  • “Haiti: Struggle for Democracy”
  • “India-Pakistan: the Bomb”
  • “Issues Facing the Asian Immigrant and Refugee Community”
  • “The Land Mine Epidemic” by Susannah Sirkin (Physicians for Human Rights), part of Day Without Violence 2001
  • “Mentoring and Making a Difference”
  • “National Missile Defense” by Theodore A. Postol and Steven Van Evera (MIT)
  • “Palestinians and Israelis: a People’s Peace Process”
  • “Peace, Social Justice and the Environment” by Linda Stout (activist and founder of Piedmont Peace Project)
  • “Preventing Youth Violence”
  • “The Privilege of Being White” by Noel Ignatiev, part of Days Without Violence 2000
  • “Remembering the Holocaust: 50 Years Later”
  • “South Africa: Transition from Apartheid”
  • Terrorism and War” by Howard Zinn
  • “The Vietnam War in Retrospect”
  • “Working with Women for Peace in the Former Yugoslavia” by Fran Peavey (activist and founder of Crabgrass)

Link to a full list of all of PACSI’s additional educational events. Please note that some of the events on this list were part of Days Without Violence.

Other workshops, task forces and conferences include:

  • 1993 Conference on Economic Conversion
  • 1994 Task Force on Economic Conversion
  • 1995 Workshop on Economic Development