Presented by Ernesto Verdeja

This seminar explores political violence and peace in the world today.
We will examine the causes of different kinds of violence, including
war, genocide, state repression, terrorism, and the systematic
marginalization of groups. We also investigate responses to violence
and efforts to create a sustained and lasting peace, such as civil
society activism, the promotion of human rights, war crimes trials,
and truth and reconciliation commissions. The course will look at
several case studies, including the genocide in Rwanda and the
politics of reconciliation in South Africa. We will ask, how are these
various challenges connected to one another, and how can we craft
workable solutions?

About Ernesto Verdeja

Ernesto Verdeja is an Associate Professor of Political Science and
Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame. His research and
teaching focus on the causes of large-scale political violence, mass
atrocity prevention, and political reconciliation and justice. He is
the Executive Director of the Institute for the Study of Genocide and
served on the board of the International Association of Genocide
Scholars. His website is at