by Barbara Black
The venture, called Peace and Conflict Resolution, emerged from measures
introduced by Rector Frederick Lowy in the aftermath of the aborted speech
by Benjamin Netanyahu last fall.
The measures, brought to the universitys board of governors in
January, included what was then described as an academic lecture series
on Middle East issues. However, it has broadened considerably, according
to Dean of Graduate Studies Elizabeth Saccá, who is responsible
for the project.
The chair of an academic department must endorse the instructors
proposal, and the instructor proposes it to the organizing committee.
Before launching a call for submissions this week, Saccá consulted
with student groups and others, including several professionals in conflict
resolution. These were Patricia Gabel, a consultant to the university,
and Vern Redekop, former head of the Canadian Institute for Conflict Resolution
and author of From Violence to Blessing, which Saccá now
calls one of my favourite books.
Several departments have already shown interest. Saccá said that
peace can be made part of almost any subject of study philosophy,
religion, art, music, management, history, education, political science,
literature, geography. She was momentarily stumped when she was approa-
As she said, Concordia is already involved in peace studies, through
the Loyola Peace Institute, Loyola International College, Lonergan College,
the Simone de Beauvoir Institute and the Montreal Institute for Genocide
and Human Rights Studies. This new project, however, is calculated to
bring the subject into focus in ways most of us never dreamed.
There are two deadlines for submissions: May 22, 2003, and March 30,
2004. They should be sent to: Committee on Peace and Conflict Resolution,
c/o Dean of Graduate Studies, S-201, SGW.
For more information, please contact the organizers at firstname.lastname@example.org.