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 exoteric 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. After taking the introductory course, 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 take the required Theories of Peace and Reconciliation, and we will seek opportunities for students to practice what they are learning, through a variety of means, and to present their research at periodic Peace Conferences held at UMaine.
Our program is currently undergoing a curriculum review, and we will post updates on this site as they occur.
For more information, please contact the Peace Studies office on the Orono campus at (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.