Dr. Robert C. Johansen of the University of Notre Dame will present “Accept War and Terror—or Build Peace and Justice?” on Tuesday, Oct. 4, at 7:30 p.m. at Pillar Church through the A.J. Muste Memorial Lecture Series of Hope College.
The public is invited. Admission is free.
Johansen is a senior fellow at the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies and professor emeritus of political science at the University of Notre Dame. He is the founding editor-in-chief of the World Policy Journal, and the author of seven books on foreign policy, arms control, international aid and nonviolent activism. He has also published more than 40 book chapters and more than 100 articles on public policy. One of two founding members of the Kroc Institute, he lectures frequently on issues of peace and justice and has been featured on radio and television.
Johansen received his doctorate in political science and international relations from Columbia University, and taught political science and peace studies at his alma mater, Manchester College, from 1967 to 1974. He has twice been a visiting fellow at the Center for International Studies at Princeton University, and from 1978 to 1982 served as president of the World Policy Institute in New York, continuing there as senior fellow and research director until his appointment to the faculty at Notre Dame in 1986. In 1963 he worked as an instructor for Peace Corps volunteers headed for Africa.
The A.J. Muste Memorial Lecture began in 1985 on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the birth of A.J. Muste, a 1905 Hope graduate. Muste went on to become one of the most well-known and influential peace activists in the United States, working for many years as the executive director of the Fellowship of Reconciliation. The lecture series seeks to explore issues that would have been of interest to Muste, who died in 1967, including topics related to labor, civil rights and peace.
Pillar Church is located at 57 E. 10th St., between Ninth and 10th streets at College Avenue.