The St. Norbert Ambassador of Peace Award Honoring St. Nobert's legacy of reconciliation, each year St. Norbert
College honors an individual who has been an influential advocate for
sustainable peace in our world. The St. Norbert Ambassador of Peace
demonstrates the qualities of a peacemaker in a consistent and
manner: respect for persons, promotion of dialogue, nonviolent conflict
resolution, reconciliation and forgiveness.
2011 St. Norbert Ambassador of Peace Award
September 21, 2011 6:30pm Wine & cheese reception 7:15pm Award Ceremony 7:30pm Lecture "Prospects for Peace in a World of Terrorism"
Location: Ft. Howard Theater, Bemis International Center
Dr. George Lopez is being honored by St. Norbert
College with the 2011 St. Norbert Ambassador of Peace Award.
Dr. Lopez's peace career began when he was part of a special inter-racial teenage group assembled by Catholic Charities in his native Brooklyn in 1966. Two years later he was one of the first Catholics to win Conscientious Objector status in New York outright upon registering for the draft, basing his case on Pacem in Terris and Thomas Merton's analysis of the Beatitudes.
As a sophomore at St. John Fisher College in 1970 he served on the NY State Mobilization Committee Against the War and in response to the Kent State killings led one of the largest non-violent student strikes in the state. That summer he was the only undergraduate student invited to a college faculty workshop at Colgate University run by the Institute for World Order in New York City. The goal of the workshop was to disseminate materials and strategies for the emerging field of peace and world order studies. The experience was significant for George.
Five years later, in summer of 1975, he had completed a PhD in International Relations at Syracuse University and was on his way to join other faculty to create one of the nation's premier peace studies programs at Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana. In 1986 then Notre Dame President Theodore M. Hesburgh, CSC, invited Lopez to join the faculty there and help construct the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at the University, a task in which he has been engaged for 25 years.
Now Lopez holds the Hesburgh Chair in Peace Studies at Notre Dame's Kroc Institute where he is widely known for his prolific scholarship on human rights, ethics and economic sanctions, as well as his award winning teaching and consulting on peace studies.
Along with David Cortright, he produced ground-breaking, policy relevant research on economic sanctions, including offering arguments and data in 2002-03 regarding the absence of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq due to sanctions. In addition, in 2009-10 he was a Senior Fellow at the US Institute of Peace in Washington, DC and has just concluded 10 months on the UN Security Council Panel of Experts for the sanctions on North Korea.
Norman Miller Center for Peace, Justice & Public Understanding