News from PJSA

PJSA Seeks New Executive Director



April 1, 2016

The Peace and Justice Studies Association (PJSA), a bi-national association of Canada and the US, is seeking an experienced administrator and progressive leader for the position of Executive Director.

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Letter re: Dr. Larycia Hawkins

PJSA organizational statements

January 8, 2016
Dr. Philip Graham Ryken, President
Wheaton College
Blanchard Hall
501 College Avenue
Wheaton, IL 60187

Dear President Ryken:

We are writing out of deep concern for Dr. Larycia Hawkins. We understand from news reports and statements put out by Wheaton College that Dr. Hawkins has been placed on administrative leave and that now the provost has made a Notice of Recommendation to Initiate Termination-for-Cause Proceedings. We strongly encourage you to immediately reinstate Professor Hawkins and resolve this matter so that she is not terminated from her position.

The Peace and Justice Studies Association (PJSA) is a bi-national professional association of peace studies scholars and practitioners in the US and Canada. We are also the North American affiliate of the global International Peace Research Association (IPRA). Our members work at public and private colleges and universities and in not for profit agencies and community organizations to advance peace and justice, both here and abroad.

Fair Trade Sale at PJSA Conference

At this year’s Peace & Justice Studies Association Conference in Harrisonburg, VA, at James Madison University, we will offer a variety of Fair Trade gifts for purchase. The items, which are from Nepal, Bangladesh, Guatemala, Kenya, Vietnam, West Bank, India, Egypt, Indonesia, Cameroon, Haiti, Philippines, and Bolivia, provide a fair wage for the artisans and allow PJSA to offer a beautiful assortment of bracelets, earrings, scarves, dishes, and other items that you will want to purchase for yourself and friends. Take care of your gift buying needs and support the good work of PJSA.  Plan to visit our table when you get to the conference!

Any questions? Contact Ellen Lindeen at elindeen(at)

PJSA Statement on Guns and Gender

PJSA organizational statements

Position Paper: Guns Are Not the Solution to Gender-Based Violence

Issued by the Peace and Justice Studies Association

Authored by Heidi Huse, Ph.D., and Laura Finley, Ph.D.

The Peace and Justice Studies Association (PJSA), in keeping with its mission and values, is opposed to the argument that deadly firearms are the primary if not sole solution to the very serious problem of sexual and domestic assault that traumatizes or kills men, women, and children around the world. 

Halloween Party and Fundraiser

Friday, October 16th, 8pm

Location: On campus with conference, specific room TBD

Price: $20 online before Thursday, October 15; $25 at conference registration table and at door. All proceeds benefit PJSA.

Details: Wear your most fun, crazy, or scary costume and enjoy cash bar and time to socialize with colleagues and new friends. Prizes for best male and female costumes! {Note: costumes are optional not required, so if you don't have one feel free to join the festivites anyway!}

Questions: Contact Dr. Laura Finley,

Conference Update & Proposal Extension

2015 Conference Update and Proposal Extension

(due to technical difficulties with submission process, deadline now 6-30-15)

The PJSA Steering and Host Committees are pleased to report that overall processes for our annual conference, October 15-17, 2015, are proceeding very well.  We’ve received a large number of high quality proposals, and also are delighted to announce a stellar line-up of keynote speakers, which thus far includes: Catherine BarnesDavid CortrightJohn Dirkx; and Emily Welty.

National week of action in solidarity with Ferguson, St. Louis and beyond

PJSA organizational statements

The Peace and Justice Studies Association, Center for Education Equity, The Sophia Project, Code Pink, Fellowship of Reconciliation, Hands Up Coalition - D.C., and Why We Can't Wait-D.C., call on all people of conscience to participate in a week of action to bring and continue awareness around ending police violence against all people, especially people of color.

This week of action begins Monday, December 1, 2014 and continues until Friday, December 5, 2014. View the event listing on Facebook.

We do this to stand in solidarity with the people of Ferguson and the larger St. Louis area.