September 2021: On October 9, 2021, the Institute will honor three recipients with the Dick Ringler Distinguished Peace Educator Award. This award recognizes someone who has made a notable contribution to educating their community on peace and conflict issues. Honorees include Janan Najeeb (2019-2020), Geoff Bradshaw (2020-2021), and Joanne Lipo Zovic (2021-2022). Janan Najeeb is president of the Milwaukee Muslim Women’s Coalition and director of the Islamic Resource Center. Geoff Bradshaw is associate vice president for Intercultural Education at Madison College. Joanne Lipo Zovic is a faculty member in the Master of Sustainable Peacebuilding program at UW-Milwaukee and a facilitator at Mediate Milwaukee. All three honorees embody the Institute’s mission to promote an informed understanding of peace, justice, and conflict and to encourage students, teachers, academics, and the public to become engaged global citizens working toward a just peace. The award presentation is scheduled to take place at the Health, Equity, and Peacebuilding conference hosted by UW-Milwaukee and co-sponsored by the Institute and the Peace and Justice Studies Association.
March 2021: The Wisconsin Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies is pleased to announce it has awarded a 2021 Student Activist Award to the Marquette University Black Student Union 2020 Summer Working Group in recognition for activism on behalf of students at Marquette and in the greater Milwaukee community. See our Peace Matters blog post for more details.
June 2020: Statement on Uprisings for Racial Justice, June 2020
April 2020: The Wisconsin Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies is pleased to announce its student award winners for 2020.
Anastassia Christensen, Student Scholar, UW-Milwaukee, recognized for research on refugee women’s health and challenges in the healthcare system.
Jada Woodley, Student Scholar, UW-Milwaukee, recognized for research on social structures and norms that lead to persistence of structural inequalities.
Dreamers Welcome, Student Activists, Cardinal Stritch University, recognized for creating a more just and caring community by promoting cultural awareness and discussions around issues of diversity and inclusion, and also for advocacy for undocumented, DACAmented, and international students.
Monika Ganguly-Kiefner, Student Activist, UW-Milwaukee, recognized for activism on behalf of Groundwork and its work to support and manage projects around urban sustainability, including urban farms and sustainable agriculture.
March 2020: The Wisconsin Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies is pleased to honor Janan Najeeb with its Dick Ringler Distinguished Peace Educator Award. Janan Najeeb is founding member and president of the Milwaukee Muslim Women’s Coalition and director of the Islamic Resource Center. She is recognized for her tireless work to promote interfaith understanding and to educate the public about Islam and Muslim Americans.
In Memoriam (founding members of the Institute):
September 2020: Vincent Kavaloski, Edgewood College, died September 10, 2020. He had a long career in teaching, spending the last 25 years at Edgewood College in the philosophy department. His obituary is here.
June 2020: Leonard Gambrell, UW-Eau Claire, died June 10, 2020. Professor Gambrell was a member of the political science faculty at UW-Eau Claire from 1966 until his retirement in 2002. In 2002 he was awarded the Wisconsin Regents Teaching Excellence Award. His obituary is here.
April 2020: Charles Rumsey, UW-Stevens Point, died April 28, 2020. Professor Rumsey was a member of the history faculty at UW-Stevens Point from 1966 until his retirement in 1991. His obituary is here.
July 2019: Rose Daitsman, UW-Milwaukee, died July 26, 2019. Obituary.
March 2018: Robert E. Clasen, UW-Extension, died March 17, 2018. Obituary.
May 2017: Jane S. Ragsdale, UW-Madison, died May 8, 2017. Obituary.
April 2015: Robert M. Rosenberg, Lawrence University, died April 3, 2015. Obituary.
January 2014: Richard E. Gillespie, Carroll College, died January 3, 2014. Obituary.
March 2000: Milton Feder, Beloit, died March 19, 2000. Obituary.