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GACA Collection 258. Peace, Justice, and Conflict Studies. Collection of the Peace, Justice, and Conflict Studies Program, 1970-Ongoing: Overview

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Collection Description

Peace, Justice, and Conflict Studies.  Collection of the Peace, Justice, and Conflict Studies Program, 1970-Ongoing.  GACA Collection 258.  1 Records Center Carton, 1 cassette box, and digital media.

The Peace, Justice, and Conflict Studies collection contains history, curriculum, financial documents, reviews and reports, and committee information for the Peace Studies/Education program.  There is also information from other Peace Consortiums along with recordings from the Raoul Wallenberg Memorial Lectures.  The majority of the collection is from the 1970s with some information from the early 1990s as well.

Organization Note

“Peace Studies is an interdisciplinary field of study which addresses the problems of war, social oppression and violence, and the challenges of implementing nonviolent conflict resolution and social justice. Peace Studies serves to focus knowledge from diverse disciplines to converge on the problems of violence and the challenges of finding peaceful solutions.”*  The Peace Studies program began in 1972 and was known originally as Peace Education.  Currently, there is a Peace Studies minor available, though in the past, a major was also offered.

*Taken from the Peace Studies website (, 23 November 2010.

The program changed its name from Peace Studies to Peace, Justice, and Conflict Studies for the 2017-18 academic year.

The Raoul Wallenberg Memorial Lecture, begun in 1983, invites speakers to commemorate the heroic service of Raoul Wallenberg in his fearless support of persecuted Jews during World War II.

Year Speaker Talk Title/Affiliation/Notes
1982 Stephen Spender Essayist and poet
1983 Mulford Q. Sibley Professor of Political Science at University of Minnesota
1984 Theo Kotze South African church leader and critic of Apartheid
1985 Jeri Laber Executive director of the United States Helsinki Watch
1986 Dennis Brutus South African poet
1987 Per Anger Swedish Diplomat and Raoul Wallenberg’s supervisor in Budapest
1988 Agnes Adachi Volunteer associate of Raoul Wallenberg
1989 Fr. Medardo Gomez Lutheran Bishop of San Salvador
1990 Herb Frey “Homeless in America” – Minister at Alliance of the Streets
1991 Gen. Indar Rekhye Former Head of Peacekeeping at the United Nations
1992 Sir Brian Urquhart Former Undersecretary at the United Nations
1993 Dr. Steven Koblik President of Reed College and Scandinavia historian
1994 Marjorie Agosin Chilean poet and human rights activist
1995 Harold Stassen Former Governor of Minnesota
1996 Dr. Robert Fisch Hungarian concentration camp survivor
1997 Ninotchka Rosca Novelist and human rights activist from the Philippines
1998 Fred Baron Holocaust survivor of Bergen-Belsen Camp
1999 Dr. Harvey Rosenfeld Wallenberg biographer and professor of history at Pace University
2000 Dr. Paul Levine Wallenberg biographer from the Uppsala Program for Holocaust Studies
2001 Dr. Robert Jan Van Pelt “The Holocaust on Trial?: An Analysis of the Irving-Lipstadt Trial in London” – Professor of architecture at University of Waterloo
2002 Lucille Eichengreen Holocaust survivor
2003 Douglas Johnson “Human Rights Denied: Human Dignity Ignored” – Director of the Center for Victims of Torture
2004 Diane Orentlicher “Saddam on Trial” – Professor of law at American University
2005 Dr. Peter Wallensteen “Dag Hammerskjöld: Diplomat, Peacemaker, and International Civil Servant” – Swedish peace research
2006 Dr. Hugh Parmer “Humanitarian Crisis in Darfur: Perspectives from the Field” – President of the American Refugee Committee
2007 Ben Olander Swedish Folksinger performing songs inspired by Raoul Wallenberg
2008 Mark Hanis “Never Again is Again in Darfur: Taking a Stand Against Genocide” – Founder of the Genocide Intervention Network
2009 Dr. Steven Miles “Oath Betrayed: America’s Torture Doctors” – Professor at University of Minnesota Medical School
2010 Dr. Jo Ellen Fair “Not a Simple Story: Mass Media and Mass Violence, The African Case” – Professor of journalism at the University of Wisconsin, Madison
2011 Dr. Jennifer McBride “Bonhoeffer and Repentance: A Constructive Proposal for Christian Public Witness” – Professor of religion at Wartburg College
2012 Ingemar Eliasson “Wallenberg” – Former Swedish politician, economist, and governor
2014 Dr. Stephen Zune “The United States and the Middle East: Intervention, Reaction, and Hope for Change”
2017 Dr. Marica Cristina Garcia “Climate Refugees: An Unrecognized Challenge at Home and Abroad”
2023 Brenda Childs “Boarding Schools and American Indian Dispossession”


Scope and Content

This collection is divided into seven sections: budgets and financial information, committee, history and curriculum, peace consortiums, Raoul Wallenberg Memorial Lecture, reviews and reports, and miscellaneous.

Budgets and Financial Information is composed of budgets, expense vouchers, receipts, and other financial documentation.

Committee comprises meeting minutes, memos, and correspondence related to the Peace Studies/Education committee.

History and Curriculum holds information on the proposals and program outlines for the department along with materials about classes, workshops, guest speakers, lectures, grants, faculty leaves, and a student questionnaire.

Peace Consortiums contains information about the Consortium on Peace Research, Education and Development (COPRED) and the Minnesota Consortium of Peace Educators.

Raoul Wallenberg Memorial Lecture involves recordings and photographs from lectures, and some planning materials.

Reviews and Reports consists of reviews and reports from both on campus and from the outside about Gustavus’ Peace Education program.  These include reports given by Peace Education faculty to the Board of Trustees and the Faculty Meetings.

Miscellaneous has correspondence, papers, newsletters, and articles, materials from other conferences, and lecture recordings.  The “Busing in Boston” paper is from a Gustavus student trip to Boston, where they interviewed local leaders about the busing situation.

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