Peace Studies is an interdisciplinary effort aiming at the prevention, de-escalation, and solution of conflicts. It involves political science, economics, psychology, communication, sociology, international relations, history, anthropology, religious studies, gender studies, and other disciplines. The Peace Studies course at RU can be taken for General Education International Studies credit.
CHICAGO (AP) April 23, 2012 — Poverty, a lack of education and arms proliferation present daunting obstacles, yet peace can be achieved if world leaders are more willing to talk and young people are encouraged to get involved, Nobel Peace Prize winners said Monday at their annual meeting. MORE (Washington Post)
Memorial events at Virginia Tech, including noon to 2:30 p.m.: Center for Peace Studies and Violence Prevention open house; second floor of Norris Hall.
The Program in Peace Studies and the Scholar-Citizen initiative are sponsoring a talk in honor of World Holocaust Remembrance Day:
Dr. Glen T. Martin – “How to Prevent Holocausts”
Wednesday, April 18, 7-8:30 PM, Hurlburt 248
Tuesday, March 13, 2012, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m., Hurlburt 248 (Combo Room), the Environmental Center will sponsor a talk by Mr. Stephen Vetter, Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow. The focus will be on the environment (specifically water) as a factor in international development and poverty alleviation efforts. Mr. Vetter will also address what you as a volunteer can do. All are welcome.
Occupy RU is holding its first public event Friday Feb 17: State of the Nation: Videos and Discussion: 6-8 pm. Heth 014. The club is showing three short videos. Discussion after each. Refreshments served. All welcome. The purpose is to increase awareness of justice and peace issues the country is dealing with right now. These are the Videos for our event on Friday the 17th.
1. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k5kHACjrdEY – Citizens UNited v. FEC; a short video detailing with the system this ruling has created.
2. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bx_LWm6_6tA – Crisis of Credit; 11 min video about the housing bubble, its collapse, and the processes involved.
3. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j9ZqV5RMzTU – TYT U; A short news broadcast on the discussion of what Occupy has done for college students and their participation in activism.
Mark your calendars to join us by helping others this Spring Break (March 4th-11th) to be part of Radford University’s 2012 Alternative Spring Break Trip. Applications are now being accepted at: https://survey.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_3Jft9Cd9KMZxDU0. Priority will be given to those applications received by February 10th. We will be going to a rural community to far southwest Virginia to work with Mountain Justice in order to meet and support the people working to build a better future for Appalachia while we build our own skills as organizers and change agents.
Build a better future for yourself and others! Apply for this trip at: https://survey.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_3Jft9Cd9KMZxDU0
Astin A. Altenburg (aaltenbur at radford.edu)
Sociology and Special Education Concentrations
Timothy L. Filbert ( tfilbert at radford.edu )
Office of Community Engagement
An organizing meeting of the new Peace Studies Club will take place on Tuesday, January 31st (tomorrow) at 4:30 pm in Peters Hall, Room A041.
On April 17, 2012, people all over the world will join together for the second Global Day of Action on Military Spending. We urge you to join us!
The economic crisis has put pressure on the world’s governments to reduce spending on critical human needs: confronting climate change, battling deadly diseases, achieving the MDGs. But most national governments continue to waste enormous resources on the military…$1,630 billion per year – and rising. If spent differently, this money would go a long way to resolving the real challenges facing our planet. For more information see this Call for Participation (PDF):
Regional perspectives: Jan. 20 column in Roanoke Times about military spending
Dwight Simon, a middle-school history teacher, reflects on the seductive stories of mankind’s battles.
As a teacher of history, as a teacher of wars, imagine the knotting of stomach and tightening of chest that occurred when I encountered, seven years late, Drew Gilpin Faust’s article ‘“We should grow too fond of it’: why we love the Civil War.” Faust writes:
War is, by its very definition, a story. War imposes an orderly narrative on what without its definition of purpose and structure would be simply violence. We as writers create that story; we remember that story; we provide the narrative that by its very existence defines war’s purpose and meaning. We love war because of these stories. But we should ask ourselves how in the construction of war’s stories we may be helping to construct war itself. (Faust, Drew Gilpin, “We Should Grow Too Fond of It”: Why We Love the Civil WarCivil War History – Volume 50, Number 4, December 2004, pp. 368-383).