Marquette University Explores the Power of Nonviolence

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The Marquette University Center for Peacemaking was established ten years ago with the theme line "Exploring the Power of Nonviolence." Over the ten years it has reached hundreds of Marquette students with the message of and the skills of creative nonviolent action—through a major in Peace Studies, through transforming experiences of hands on peacemaking, through exposure to leading peacemakers and through fellowships and self-directed peacemaking projects. In addition dozens of Marquette faculty have incorporated themes of nonviolent peacemaking into the curricula of their various disciplines

The following two recent articles in the National Catholic Reporter by Heidi Schlumpf provide some insights into the power of nonviolent action as applied to a range of issues—including community development. 

— Terry Rynne

Marquette's Center for Peacemaking joins forces to revitalize its inner-city neighborhood

by Heidi Schlumpf

Marquette University—through its innovative Center for Peacemaking—works with small and large businesses and other nonprofits to improve the neighborhood for all who live and work there, while avoiding displacing current residents through gentrification. 

Center for Peacemaking coordinates peace studies, research

by Heidi Schlumpf

As Marquette University's Center for Peacemaking celebrates its 10th anniversary this year, founder Terrence Rynne’s desire to see students understand peacemaking and embrace it as part of their vocation is happening, with students who take peace studies courses, volunteer or work in the center’s many programs, do center-funded research, attend academic conferences or talks, and more.