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Building Peace

Photos by Candice Hersh

The Baker Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies at Juniata College welcomed a group of artists, academics and peace builders and professors from Maseno University, Kenya, to learn how to incorporate art into the peace building for conflict in Kenya.


The Baker Institute sponsors Juniata's Peace & Conflict Studies program, offering core PACS courses, facilitating the curriculum for PACS POEs, and serving as a hub for non-violent student activism, social justice engagement, and mentorship in the field of peace studies.


The Baker Institute’s mission is to apply the resources of the academic community to the study of warfare and deep-rooted conflict as human problems and to the study of peace as a human potential.

On campus, the Baker Institute supports a vibrant and engaged community of learners, and a curricular and co-curricular academic program that asks students and faculty to stretch and challenge themselves in relation to addressing war, peace, and justice. Externally, the Baker Institute fosters partnerships that facilitate the mutual growth and development of the field, both within the academy and among local, national, and international institutions.


  1. To provide the best possible undergraduate education in peace and conflict studies to students of Juniata College including emphasis on both practical and theoretical knowledge and on preparation for graduate education and useful careers.
  2. To provide continuing adult education and community outreach in conflict management and war/peace studies through seminars, conferences, public lectures and workshops.
  3. To provide leadership in the development of peace and conflict studies as an academic program through research, curriculum development, consultation and education.
  4. To initiate and support cooperation among existing programs and institutions that will strengthen peace and conflict studies in content and methodology, and will enhance its legitimacy and develop its constituency both in and out of the academic community.