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Welcome to Peace & Reconciliation Studies

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“When you find peace within yourself you become the kind of person who can live in peace with others.” Peace Pilgrim

The University of Maine Peace and Reconciliation Studies Program focuses on education for peace, justice, human rights, nonviolence, tolerance, global understanding, interdependence and mutuality, and environmental responsibility.

Our mission is to guide students to an understanding of the underlying spiritual processes involved in the creation of the individual who is a peacemaker and in the creation of a culture of peace. For millennia, there have been traditions of peace articulated through esoteric and spiritual traditions and in the world wisdom traditions of the indigenous peoples of the world. In every age, there have been efforts for the creation of a sustainable peace, including the development of ethics, great literature and art, and the appearance of great figures that have led us forward to this point in human development.

The program consists of an articulated series of courses in selected areas. You may choose to study great activists for peace and reconciliation, peace and popular culture, including technology, permaculture, ecology and spirituality, and perhaps take a travel-study course. You will study the theories of peace and reconciliation, perspectives and perceptions of nonviolence, and seek opportunities to practice what you are learning, through a variety of means, and to present your research at periodic Peace Conferences held at UMaine and elsewhere.

For more information, please contact or 207-581-2609.

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“Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but a means by which we reach that goal.” — Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Peace & Reconciliation Studies
100 Chadbourne Hall
Orono, ME 04469
Phone: 207-581-2609
The University of Maine
Orono, Maine 04469