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Peace and Nonviolence

Peace Studies at St. Lawrence University

St. Lawrence University now has a Peace Studies Minor!


The peace-related courses that have already been offered here have included courses in the First Year Program such as Peace, Power, and Sustainability (Fall) and Peacemakers and Peacemaking (Spring). A half-unit Introduction to Peace Studies course was offered by Laura O’Shaughnessy in Spring 2007, and a full-credit version of Introduction to Peace Studies was taught by Kathleen Buckley and me in Fall 2007. I am teaching another version of this course right now (Fall 2008).


St. Lawrence students have participated in 100 Projects for Peace in 2007 and 2008. Applications are being accepted for 2009. 

Peace Resources on the Web

I have started a “wiki” to assemble links to helpful peace resources. Please feel free to use this website, or even to add to it if you are bold and know something about web design and wikis! I may be removing this wiki in favor of this version since the wiki host has been experiencing occasional technical difficulties. 

How to Learn More about Peacemaking

Here are a few books that I have found especially helpful for everyday peacemaking within one’s own relationships:


*      Marshall Rosenberg: Nonviolent Communication.

*      Harriet Lerner: The Dance of Connection.

*      Thich Nhat Hanh: Being Peace.


And here are some good books for getting started learning about wider-scale peacemaking and nonviolent action: 

  • William Ury: Getting to Peace (later republished as The Third Side).
  • Fellowship of Reconciliation: Peace is the Way.
  • David Cortright: Gandhi and Beyond: Nonviolence for an Age of Terrorism.
  • Daniel L. Smith-Christopher: Subverting Hatred: The Challenge of Nonviolence in Religious Traditions.
  • Gene Sharp: The Politics of Nonviolent Action.





Last Revised: 10/27/2008

by L. Rediehs

Laura Rediehs
Department of Philosophy
St. Lawrence University
Canton, NY 13617