Renowned Educator, Activist to Address USD Students, Community

Colman McCarthy, a former syndicated columnist for the Washington Post, and the founder of The Center for Teaching Peace will address students and the San Diego community at the University of San Diego next Thursday, April 29. The Center for Teaching Peace is a Washington, D.C. non-profit that works with schools to begin or to expand academic programs in peace education.

McCarthy currently teaches at Georgetown University Law Center, American University, the University of Maryland, the Washington Center for Interns and two public high schools. Since 1982 he has taught more than 8,000 students. His books include All of One Peace, Involvements and I’d Rather Teach Peace. He is the editor of Solutions to Violence and Strength Through Peace, texts that are used in hundreds of universities and high schools.

McCarthy will address students from the Kroc School for Peace Studies and the School of Education and Leadership Services, in addition to interested members of the USD community and the general public. During McCarthy’s visit to USD, he will discuss the importance of peace education in addressing school violence and in preparing citizens to build a civil, nonviolent global society.  He believes that “unless we teach our children peace someone else will teach them violence.”

Additionally, also next Thursday, the University of San Diego will announce that beginning in 2011, a graduate certificate in peace education will be offered at the university through the School of Leadership and Education Sciences and Kroc School of Peace Studies.

WHO: Colman McCarthy, author and educator

WHAT: Address to the USD Community
“Peace Education: If Not Now, When?”

WHERE: The University of San Diego
Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice Theatre
5998 Alcalá Park, San Diego, CA 92110

WHEN: Thursday, April 29, 2010 at 7 p.m.

Colman McCarthy will be available to sign copies of his books  following the lecture.

About the University of San Diego

The University of San Diego sets the standard for an engaged, contemporary Catholic university where innovative Changemakers confront humanity’s urgent challenges. With more than 8,000 students from 75 countries and 44 states, USD is the youngest independent institution on the U.S. News & World Report list of top 100 universities in the United States. USD’s eight academic divisions include the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Business, the Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering, the School of Law, the School of Leadership and Education Sciences, the Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science, the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies, and the Division of Professional and Continuing Education. USD recently concluded our successful $317M Leading Change: The Campaign for USD, which represented the most ambitious fundraising effort in the history of the university. In September 2016, USD introduced Envisioning 2024, a strategic plan that capitalizes on the university’s recent progress and aligns new strategic goals with current strengths to help shape a vision for the future as the university looks ahead to its 75th anniversary in the year 2024.