Peace and Conflict Studies

News & Events

Annual Peace Tree Party    

Professor Paula Rayman and her husband Richard Herman hosted the annual holiday party for University of Massachusetts Lowell Peace and Conflict Studies students, faculty, alumni and friends at their home. Current PCS students had the chance to talk with alumni. Annual Peace Tree Party gave students the opportunity  to hear very successful stories from PCS community. Recent graduates also talked about their future plans.


UMass Lowell Welcomes Nelson Mandela's Guard and Friend


The Office of the Provost hosted an event featuring Christo Brand, author of “Mandela: My Prisoner, My Friend” on Thursday, Dec. 4, at University Crossing. Brand was Nelson Mandela’s prison guard on South Africa’s Robben Island for 12 years, during which the two developed a strong bond. Photo: (l-r) Graduate student Oluchi Ogbu, Peace and Conflict Studies coordinator David Turcotte, Christo Brand, graduate student Limheang Heng and Provost Ahmed Abdelal. 

PCS Event featuring Honey Thaljieh

Honey Thaljieh with a her group

Honey Thaljieh 1Women Sports & The Middle East: A presentation on the roles of gender & sports in the Middle East by Honey Thaljieh, hosted by the Peace and Conflict studies program, on Fri., Nov. 21, 2014. Honey Thaljieh is an advocate for women, sports and equality in the Middle East, Corporate Communications Manager at FIFA and former captain and co-founder of the Palestinian Women’s National Football Team.

Making a Global Difference: PCS Students Share their International Experiences

Peace and Conflict Studies students make a difference on the local, national and international levels. At an event in February, PCS Master's students who were abroad the previous semester shared their international experiences. Donna Hackley talked about her work in Rwanda building healthcare infrastructure. Vanessa Colomba, who also traveled to Rwanda, described how she is setting up a non-profit organization to provide mentorship to at-risk youth. Maryann Ford did her internship in the United States Embassy in Belfast which gave her first-hand access to key diplomatic decisions. Ianna Hondros-McCarthy went to India to work with the Active Non-Violence Education Center which supports Tibetan movements for peace. 

Peace and Conflict Student Earns Third Prize in National Mediation Competition


Ikechukwu “Ike” Ikerionwu, a master's student originally from Nigeria, placed third in the 2013 Cyberweek eMediation Competition hosted by the Scheinman Institute on Conflict Resolution at Cornell University. The competition, with 80 entrants from 17 universities, used an online platform and model workplace dispute cases to test the students’ skills. “The competition was an avenue to put what we learned in class into practice,” says Ikerionwu. “The University’s mediation course has all it takes to produce experts in the alternative dispute resolution field and I have come to realize that we are one of the best, judging from my experience in the competition.”
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PCS Graduate Starts Non-Profit to Support Rwandan Youth

Vanessa Colomba, M.A. '12, focused her academic research on the Rwandan genocide and the aftermath. After traveling to Rwanda in 2012, Vanessa started Bright Future Generation, a non-profit that seeks to increase the confidence and proficiency of grassroots foundations to identify and respond to the unique problems of the vulnerable children and youth they serve. Vanessa is just one of the many Peace and Conflict Studies graduate making a difference in the world. In the accompanying video, Vanessa discusses the organization as part of the Difference-Makers challenge. (She won second prize in the Social Change category.)

United States Institute of Peace Awards Two Grants to Peace and Conflict Studies

USIP Peace and Conflict Studies at UMass Lowell was awarded two prestigious grants from the U.S. Institute of Peace (USIP) Public Education for Peacebuilding Support initiative. The first award from USIP will enable UMass Lowell to host a panel discussion at the upcoming Women in Public Service Conference, exploring the role of women in post-conflict reconciliation.The second USIP grant was awarded to UMass Lowell to host an online forum on "Careers in International Peacebuilding."

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 Five Students Selected to Present Research Papers at National Peace Conference

Kroc Institute Logo Five Peace and Conflict Studies students at University of Massachusetts Lowell were selected to present their papers at the 2013 Notre Dame Student Peace Conference. The Notre Dame Student Peace Conference is the premiere forum for graduate and undergraduate students to engage in dialogue on important issues related to peacebuilding, global issues, and social justice. University of Massachusetts Lowell will have the largest representation of any external university at the conference and we are pleased that 100% of our student submissions were accepted.

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Past Events

The Peace and Conflict Studies program hosts distinguished scholars and activists to present their research and engage with students. Past guests have included Leymah Gbowee, 2012 Nobel Peace Prize recipient, John Prendergast, Enough Project founder, Rep. Jim McGovern, United States Congressman, and Eddie Daniels, South African Anti-Apartheid activist. Please visit the Videos page to watch these past events.