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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Kessel Peace Institute

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Kessel Institute LogoKessel Institute for the Study of Peace and Change (KISPC)

The Kessel Institute for the Study of Peace and Change is dedicated to advancing the understanding and the existence of peace at all levels, from the individual to the global community. The Institute defines peace in its broadest sense, denoting not only the absence of conflict but also the interrelationship of the factors necessary to create or to enhance harmony within and among human beings and their environments.

The Kessel Institute is named after Abbas Kessel, an MSU Political Science Professor for 19 years and life-long peace activist. The Institute affirms Kessel's insistence that for peace to be possible the values, behaviors and conditions essential for positive human relations must exist at multiple levels: personal, local, regional, national and international.

At Kessel's retirement lecture, the Department of Political Science established an endowment for the annual Kessel Lecture to address three issues of particular importance to their colleague: foreign policy, environmental policy, and energy policy.

An Advisory Council coordinates the activities of the Kessel Institute for the Study of Peace and Change. The Council raises funds through the KISPC Endowment, develops policy recommendations for the Institute, sets budgets, oversees activities, and evaluates outcomes. The Council advises the University President on matters pertaining to the Institute. The Council works through the Dean of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences on all matters pertaining to the operation and administration of the Institute. The time frame of KISPC's proposed activities contains the initial priorities and new activities through the year 2002.

The Institute proposes four organizational components to support a variety of activities. These activities include the sponsorship of seminars and workshops, public lectures, artistic and cultural presentations, and other school-and community-bases activities.

The Institute also may support and/or facilitate curriculum development projects through customary University procedures, the collection and dissemination of information pertaining to peace and change, support for research and publication, or development of individual or group projects promoting the study of peace and change. The Institute is housed in Memorial Library, providing a natural setting for a Resource Center and Information Center.

Like Kessel himself, the work of the Institute will reflect a multi-disciplinary approach, erasing artificial boundaries that separate various scholarly traditions, teaching and learning, research and practice, and the campus and the larger community.


The Kessel Institute for the Study of Peace and Change
Director: Dr. Carol Glasser
Minnesota State University, Mankato
Mankato, MN 56001

Phone:(507) 389-1345