Teach Peace to Reach Peace

Full Course Title: 
Teach Peace to Reach Peace: An Introduction to Peace Education

Imagine a world without war and violence. Many world religions teach their followers to seek peace, yet at no time in history has civilization known absolute peace. Why is this? Are there social and physiological limitations to our capacity for peacefulness, or is that just an excuse that people use in order to justify violence? How are labels, microaggressions, and forms of violence? What is the role of education in the movement towards a more peaceful world?

This course is designed for students who would like to learn more about the historical and contemporary issues surrounding peace and nonviolence, especially as they pertain to the everyday lived experience of those whose collective lives make up the global community. We will study the works of educators, scholars and peace activists as well as other historical figures who worked for peace.

We will examine the idea of peace and discuss the distinctions between positive and negative peace, as well as the idea of peace as a way rather than a goal. Additionally, our work will address the impact that twentieth century social movements for peace have had on the political climate in the US, and attempt to define and understand terms such as " peace," and "pacifism" in the context of the twenty-first century. The course provides a broad introduction to the discipline of Peace Studies, with emphasis on the role of Peace Education within the broad spectrum of education and schooling.

NOTE: This course is offered as a hybrid with both in-person and online required meeting times. Instructor will communicate details to enrolled students.

Course Details
Course Number: 
Section Number(s) and Day/Times Taught: 
112: TR 9:30am-10:45am - hybrid
166: TR 11:00am-12:15pm - hybrid
Fall 2024
Global Issues

Marjorie Ross Church

Marjorie Ross Church

Marjorie Ross Church is an interdisciplinary educator who has taught courses in cultural studies, diversity, peace, English literature, and composition. She is a proponent of peace education, a believer in social justice, and a fierce ally for those from marginalized groups. She has worked closely with students from all around the world and strongly advocates for intercultural engagement, urging students to seek every opportunity to learn about global cultures by any means available to them. She often reminds students that intercultural proficiency, or the ability to recognize and appreciate cultural differences, is not exclusively learned through travel, nor does travel ensure that one will increase one's intercultural skills. She believes that in today's increasingly global society it is more important than ever to broaden one's knowledge and understanding of culture, including one's own, and that doing so is essential in order to achieve more peace in our world.

Marjorie's current research focuses on the teaching of peace in the English classroom; she has developed curricula that incorporate peace pedagogies as well as feminist and critical perspectives. She believes that any academic discipline can be a site for teaching peace, whether it be teaching for peace, about peace, or through peaceful means.

Marjorie is an amateur beekeeper, a writer, a freelance editor, a mother of three, and a servant to four very spoiled cats. She is a three-time graduate of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, earning a PhD in Educational Studies with a concentration in Cultural Studies, a Master of Arts in English Literature with an emphasis on Publishing and Editing, and a Bachelor's degree in English and Psychology. She is also a Qualified Administrator of the Intercultural Development Inventory.