Transforming Ethnopolitical Conflict course aligns with visiting mural artist residency

Drop-add has begun, and spots are available in Professor Lee Smithey’s course, Transforming Intractable Conflict (SOCI 025B).  This course is registered in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology but can also be counted toward a minor in Peace and Conflict Studies.

How can long-term deadly conflicts between groups with opposing ethnic identities change in ways that diminish violence and open up opportunities for more constructive forms of conflict in democratic and civil society? This course operates from an assumption that one must often dig deeply into the psychological and cultural dynamics that underpin division in ethno-political conflicts. Northern Ireland will serve as the primary case study for this kind of deep exploration.

"No More" mural, Northern Ireland

The course will include a unique opportunity in Fall 2013 as funding has been secured from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to bring a mural artist, David “Dee” Craig, from Belfast for a month-long residency beginning after Fall Break in October. Our class will have the opportunity to explore with the artist the role of mural making in conflict, division, peacebuilding, and community relations in Northern Ireland. We hope we will also be able to participate in the painting of a mural on campus! For photos of some of the artist’s work, visit

The course description for SOAN 025B reads:

This course will address the sociology of peace processes and intractable identity conflicts in deeply divided societies. Northern Ireland will serve as the primary case study, and the course outline will include the history of the conflict, the peace process, and grassroots conflict transformation initiatives. Special attention will be given to the cultural underpinnings of division, such as sectarianism and collective identity, and their expression through symbols, language, and collective actions, such as parades and commemorations.

Eligible for PEAC credit.

1 credit.


This course can serve as a pre-requisite for students wishing to study in Northern Ireland as part of the college’s Northern Ireland Semester program. See

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the instructor, Lee Smithey at


Program Lunch and Celebrating Seniors

The rain that was predicted during our end-of-year lunch yesterday did not materialize, and we enjoyed a beautiful  lunch on the front lawn of the Lang Center for Civic and Social Responsibility. As always, it was wonderful to catch up with one another.

We also took the opportunity to congratulate and say farewell to our seniors! (Though we encourage all of our alumni to stay in touch with us. We need you to help fulfill our academic mission.)


  • Nida Atshan
  • Samantha Bennett
  • Elowyn Corby
  • Daniel Duncan
  • Jacqueline Grand Pre
  • Jeewon Kim
  • Hannah Kurtz
  • Hannah Lehmann
  • Kanayo Onyekwuluje
  • William Rennebohm
  • Joshua Satre
  • Marina Tucktuck

Classes have ended, and we know students are preparing for exams.  Best wishes for good health, inspired studying, and an exciting and rejuvenating summer. We’ll see most of you back here in the Fall!

Peace and Conflict Studies lunch 2013 Peace and Conflict Studies lunch 2013

Peace and Conflict Studies lunch 2013
Prof. George Lakey and Elowyn Corby ’13
Peace and Conflict Studies lunch 2013
Prof. Krista Thomason and Dr. Chris Densmore, Curator of the Friends Historical Library

Peace and Conflict Studies lunch 2013 Peace and Conflict Studies lunch 2013

Peace and Conflict Studies luncheon to celebrate the end of the academic year

You are invited to a special Peace and Conflict Studies program luncheon to celebrate the end of the academic year and congratulate our 2013 Special Majors and Minors! Our end-of-the-year event provides an important opportunity for us to relax together, catchup, and get to know others in the program.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

12:00 Noon – 1:30 p.m.

The Keith Room

Lang Center for Civic & Social Responsibility

We hope to see you there!

Here are a few pictures from previous years:

PCS picnic May 4 2009

PCS picnic 2009

Spring 2007 145