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Offered in Fall 2016, Understanding and Resisting Violence Locally and Globally was aimed at understanding the roots of violence, accompanying its victims, and building peace by exploring cultures of violence, culture and violence, and cultures of peace. 

The program consisted of nine sessions. The format for the sessions was wide open with the campus community exposed to a variety of ideas, strategies, and experiences around the topic of traditional and contemporary violence.

  • September 20: Series Introduction
  • September 27: Imagining Otherwise: Resading and writing Violence and Nonviolence, Robin Tremblay-McGaw, Marilyn Edelstein, Maura Tarnoff, Jaria Judnick, Department of English
  • October 4: Conflict, Peace, and Water Infrastructure, Ed Maurer, Department of Civil Engineering
  • October 11: Ignatian Examen on Violence in the Year of Mercy, Lulu Santana, Campus Ministry
  • October 18: Relationship Violence Prevention - The Escalation Workshop, Gillian Cutshaw, Wellness Center and Laura Ellingson, Women's and Gender Studies
  • October 25: Drones as a Technology of Violence and Communication: Political and Social Implications, Rohit Chopra, Department of Communication
  • November 1: Racial and Law Enforcement Violence, Brett Solomon, Child Studies and Raymond Plaza, Office of Diversity and Inclusion
  • November 8: Ruined - Performance by students baed on Lynn Nottage's acclaimed play, Aldo Billingslea, Christina Zanfagna, David Popalisky, Department of Theatre & Dance
  • November 15: Living Peace in the Santa Clara Tradition


Staff, students, faculty and friends of Santa Clara were invited to take part in this quarter long experience drawing upon the expertise and life experiences from both the session organizers and the participants.

For students, a two unit course Understanding and Resisting Global Violence was offered through the College of Arts and Sciences course ASCI 44365.