News and Announcements

October 3, 2013--The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater will co-sponsor and host our faculty-student conference on the theme "Resources for Peace" April 10-11, 2014.  Please see the link under Conferences for more information.

September 24, 2013--Penny Seymoure, professor of psychology and neuroscience at Carthage College, Wisconsin, was selected for the 2012-2013 Dick Ringler Distinguished Peace Educator Award. She was nominated by Jeffrey Roberg.  She was honored for her commitment to the Mbya Guaraní indigenous groups in Northeastern Argentina. She has taken a personal and academic interest in the Mbya Guarani and the challenges that tourism, deforestation, and land acquisition bring to their culture and ways of life.  She has helped them personally through her involvement and contributions, and professionally, by telling their stories and advocating for them with presentations and lectures both here and abroad, and with her teaching.  She has also documented their struggle in her latest book, Tourism in Northeastern Argentina: The Intersection of Human and Indigenous Rights with the Environment. 

February 28, 2013--The Wisconsin Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies co-hosted with the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and the UW-Milwaukee Program on Sustainability and Peacebuilding a conference for faculty and students on February 28-March 1, 2013.  The theme was "Borders, Boundaries, and Peace." Two keynote panels included Melanie Greenberg, president and CEO, Alliance for Peacebuilding, Jenny Kehl, director of UWM’s Center for Water Policy, Magda Peck, dean of UWM’s School of Public Health, Johannes Britz, provost, UWM, and Michelle Breslauer, U.S. program manager of the Institute for Economics and Peace.  There were 30 faculty presenting, either alone or at roundtables or with students; there were 26 individual student presenters and 13 students at roundtables; and there were 5 creative/poster presentations.  Overall, there were over 100 presenters and attendees present throughout the conference.

July 2012--Joe W. Hatcher, Jr., professor of psychology at Ripon College, Wisconsin, was selected for the 2011-2012 Dick Ringler Distinguished Peace Educator Award.  The award is presented annually to a “Wisconsin faculty or staff member who has made an outstanding contribution to teaching or studying war, peace, and/or global cooperation.”  He was nominated by Paul Jeffries.  Hatcher was honored for his long commitment to teaching peace, tolerance, and conflict resolution.  He not only uses traditional teaching approaches to peace and conflict studies, but challenges students to better understand themselves and society and thereby contribute in a lasting way to a more peaceful world. This commitment is further exemplified by his work with the Blue Mountain project in Jamaica and his work in the prison system.

March 30, 2012--Over one hundred and fifty college and university students participated in the 26th Annual Student Conference hosted by Marquette University Center for Peacemaking. The theme was "Negotiating in a Polarized Society."

September 1, 2011--Terrence J. Rynne, MBA, STL, Ph.D., was selected for the 2010-2011 Dick Ringler Distinguished Peace Educator Award. He was nominated by Michael Duffey and Patrick Kennelly of Marquette University.  Rynne is honored for his commitment to advancing peace education at the university level and to encouraging others to explore the power of nonviolence.  He was instrumental in the creation of the Center for Peacemaking at Marquette University, where he also teaches. 

April 6, 2011--Over eighty college and university students will be gathering at Mount Mary College in Milwaukee for the 25th Annual Student Conference sponsored by the Institute. The theme is "Can the Globe Go Green?: Environmental Sustainability, Peace, and the Threats of War." 

October 13, 2010--Sister Sally Ann Brickner was awarded the Wisconsin Institute's 2009-2010 Dick Ringler Distinguished Peace Educator Award at a reception at St. Norbert College in DePere, Wisconsin. The awards honors the recipient for their notable contribution to the teaching and study of peace and conflict issues. Sr. Sally Brickner was on the faculty at St. Norbert College for forty years. She contributed to the formation of the peace and justice minor and was director of the Peace and Justice Center for the last eight years of her tenure. She was honored for her personal commitment to peace and justice through her own work in her community and for her mentorship of students. She helped form the social conscience of St. Norbert students and her impact will endure through students who continue to serve the common good in communities around the world. Sr. Sally Ann Brickner was also honored by St. Norbert College with the presentation of the St. Norbert Ambassador of Peace Award. This award honors an individual who has been an influential advocate for sustainable peace in our world. The Ambassador of Peace demonstrates the qualities of a peacemaker in a consistent and outstanding manner: respect for persons, promotion of dialogue, nonviolent conflict resolution, reconciliation, and forgiveness. The Wisconsin Institute and St. Norbert College are truly pleased to honor Sr. Sally Ann Brickner for her commitment to peace and justice and her leadership through activism and teaching.