The Judith Reppy Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies supports student and faculty teaching and research, cross-campus interactions, and off-campus outreach. Institute activities include our weekly seminar series, as well as other events described below.
The program was founded in 1970, and to celebrate its 40th anniversary and to honor Judith Reppy on the occasion of her retirement, a special conference took place at Cornell on April 9-10, 2010. Click here to learn more about the festivities: the program, slides of the event, and the address given at the dinner by Kenette Benedict, editor and publisher of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists.
The weekly seminar is the central activity of the Reppy Institute, bringing together interested individuals from all parts of Cornell University and the Ithaca community to learn about and discuss peace studies issues. When classes are in session, the seminars are scheduled for every Thursday at 12:15 pm. They are free and open to the public. See our Events page for current seminars as well as other events of interest to the peace studies community.
The Reppy Institute currently has support from the Einaudi Center for International Studies for workshops related to peace and conflict studies. Individual program members have also received seed grants and other awards and external funding for conferences and workshops.
The institute supports occasional special initiatives and research agendas that focus on various peace studies issues. A study group on International Humanitarian Law and Military Practices took place while LTC Isaiah (Ike) Wilson III, United States Army, was a Visiting Scholar with the program in 2005-2006. Kathleen Vogel (now Director of the Science, Technology, and Society Program at North Carolina State University) and George Lewis have brought a number of speakers to Cornell focusing on Technology and Security issues and have worked to engage Cornell scientists on security issues.
Through the Judith Reppy Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies (formerly known as the Peace Studies Program), Cornell is also an active member of an informal network of peace studies programs in upstate New York. The programs involved sponsor a conference series on New Frontiers in Peace Studies. These conferences have taken place at Cornell and at various campuses a short drive from Ithaca. See http://www.peaceconsortium.org.
The individual research interests of faculty and graduate students are included in the Reppy Institute’s annual reports; the latest are available on our Publications page.