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Peace and Conflict Studies

The Peace and Conflict Studies program prepares students and potential civic leaders with peacemaking and conflict management skills. Students preparing for careers involving management, mediation, conflict resolution, and negotiation often find Peace and Conflict Studies helpful both in their personal and professional aspirations. The minor in Peace and Conflict Studies and Special Certificate in Peace Building and Mediation are open to all students on campus, and provide an interdisciplinary perspective to the study of conflict, violence, war and mediation.

Civil Rights leader Rev. James Lawson Jr. will speak on "Nonviolence - Then and Now" at Fresno State

6-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23, North Gym 118

The Rev. James Lawson is widely regarded as the pioneer of nonviolent tactics in the American Civil Rights Movement.  The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. described him as “the leading theorist and strategist of nonviolence in the world.” 

Also: James Lawson Documentary and Discussion:
5:30-8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 22, Alice Peters Auditorium (UBC)

Cosponsored by The Henry Madden Library, The Womack Fund; Ethics Center; College of Arts and Humanities; Peace and Conflict Studies Program; Philosophy Department; the President’s Commission on Human Relationand Equity; Cross Cultural and Gender CenterUnited Hindu Coalition of Central CaliforniaAfricana Studies; Harnish Fund; Gandhi Memorial Education Fund.                

 INFO: Dr. Veena Howard at 559.435.2621 or

Dr. Veena Howard on the Spirit Matters Podcast

Veena HowardFresno State Philosophy Professor Veena Howard, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Philosophy at Fresno State, teaches and researches Asian religious traditions, Mahatma Gandhi’s philosophy, animal ethics, interfaith interactions among Hindus and Muslims, and gender issues in Indian philosophy.

The author of Gandhi’s Ascetic Activism: Renunciation and Social Change, she has also translated several books and published articles in professional journals. She is currently editing a book on religions of India. Dr. Howard is committed to reviving indigenous spiritual and ethical approaches to connect personal transformation and social change. Spirit Matters spoke about her research on Gandhi’s spirituality and social activism. Click here to listen to the podcast.

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