School of Humanities & Behavioral Science

Peace and Conflict Transformation (PACT)

PACT event at Mocha Joe'sPACT was founded by an endowment established in 1997 through the vision of Maurice and Dondeena Caldwell. The endowment recently surpassed its $1 million goal, making it the fastest-growing endowment at AU.

The Peace and Conflict Transformation program seeks to:

  • Encourage the inclusion of the concerns of peace and conflict transformation into the existing curriculum and campus life
  • Facilitate multiple forums for students and faculty to explore and analyze the spiritual, moral, philosophical and political issues inherent in conflict and efforts for peacemaking
  • Inform students and faculty of the processes of nonviolent transformation of interpersonal, cultural, organizational and political conflict
  • Support the efforts of Anderson University personnel to teach others mechanisms for conflict transformation
  • Support research projects related to peace and conflict transformation

Contact: Thomas Tijerina, PACT director


PACT Lecture Series

The ongoing PACT lecture series is an opportunity to hear from those who have devoted their lives to educating others on matters of forgiveness and reconciliation, as well as those who educate us on injustice and oppression throughout the world. View bios on the lecture speakers below. 

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Mark Charles- Oct. 30, 6 p.m. Reardon Auditorium

Mark Charles is a speaker, writer, and consultant who recently moved to Washington DC from the Navajo Reservation. The son of an American woman of Dutch heritage and a Navajo man, Charles seeks to understand the complexities of American history regarding race, culture, and faith in order to help forge a path of healing and reconciliation for the nation. He partners with numerous organizations to assist them in respectfully approaching, including, and working with native communities.

Charles serves as the Washington DC correspondent and regular columnist for Native News Online and is the author of the popular blog " Reflections from the Hogan." Charles also serves on the board of the Christian Community Development Association and consults with the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship. Charles is the founder and director of 5 Small Loaves, an organization that pursues racial conciliation through honest education, intentional conversation, and meaningful action. Under this organization, Charles has proposed the development of a Truth Commission to shed light into the injustices perpetrated against Native Americans.