Four faculty members from Concordia University Chicago were selected to attend the eleventh annual Summer Institute (SI) for Faculty at the University of Notre Dame’s Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, held June 10-14, 2019. The SI is a week-long training for academics who want to launch or strengthen peace studies programs at their colleges or universities.

(Left to right) Dr. Aimee Krall-Lanoue, Dr. Jamie Kowalczyk, Dr. Jenna Mahay, and Dr. John G. Schwarm

This year’s SI hosted 55 faculty and staff from 24 colleges, universities, and peacebuilding organizations. Participants hailed from 12 different countries. The SI invited higher education institutions and peacebuilding organizations to send teams of three or more professors, administrators and researchers for an intensive learning experience. Attendees participated in plenary sessions in the morning and then worked as a team on a previously identified project or challenge facing their own institution during afternoon sessions. Kroc Institute faculty members meet with the teams to provide guidance and input when needed.

Members of the Concordia-Chicago team included Dr. Jamie Kowalczyk, assistant professor in the Department of Teaching, Learning and Diversity; Dr. Aimee Krall-Lanoue, chair of the Interdisciplinary Studies Program; Dr. Jenna Mahay, associate professor of sociology; and Dr. John G. Schwarm, associate dean, associate professor, and chair of the College of Business’s graduate programs.

The team members built a foundational knowledge of peace studies at the Institute.

Since its inaugural event in 2009, the SI has hosted over 420 attendees from 125 different institutions across six continents. In addition, Kroc faculty have conducted modified programs like the SI in Uganda and Bogota, Colombia.

“At the SI, we want to make space for institutions to come to our campus for an intensive week of learning and hopefully to go home empowered with new knowledge and a curricular plan,” says George A. Lopez, Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C., Professor Emeritus of Peace Studies at Notre Dame and the founder of the SI. “We hope that universities will understand the perspectives and skills in peace studies as the critical citizenship education of our era.”

The Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, which is part of the Keough School of Global Affairs, supports study, research and practice centered on strategies for sustainable peace and supports undergraduate, master’s, and Ph.D. students in peace studies.