Peace and conflict studies is an interdisciplinary program that examines the roots of conflict and the foundations of peace. The program allows for the exploration of the interrelatedness of such issues as poverty, violence, hunger, discrimination, war and justice, security, peace, freedom and the human community. It involves an examination of options and initiatives in peace-making and conflict resolution. Peace and conflict are studied in various contexts ranging from the person, the family, school, workplace and the community, to nations and the global forum and from the perspective of various disciplines. Careers exist in education, workplaces, journalism, courts, government, foreign service, international development, non-governmental organizations, and corporations that invest overseas.
Some recent Canadian books, on deposit in the Library as part of the Canadian Children's Book Centre donation, to honour the work of peace educators and to mark Being the Change: Building a Culture of Peace, the Conference held at the Mount.
Muriel Duckworth BA DipEd DHumL 1908-2009
Muriel Duckworth was born in Quebec but moved to Nova Scotia in the 1940s. Ms. Duckworth, a practicing Quaker, was a founding member of the provincial branch of the Voice of Women and served as national president for four years. She helped establish the anti-poverty Canadian Council for International Co-operation, and was one of the first women in Nova Scotia to run for provincial office. She was awarded an honorary degree by Mount Saint Vincent University in 1978. She was also a member of the Order of Canada (1983) and received the Governor General's Award in Commemoration of the Persons Case and the Pearson Medal of Peace. Nova Scotia Premier Darrell Dexter called her "an ambassador of peace, defender of women's rights, and champion of educational development." At her 100th birthday celebration in October 2008 the Oxfam Canada Jack and Muriel Duckworth Fund for Global Active Citizenship was inaugurated as a continuing legacy and tribute.