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Peace & Justice Studies

Department Co-Chairs

Jonah Rubin, Assistant Professor of Anthropology/Sociology & James Thrall, Associate Professor of Religion & Culture

2 East South Street

Galesburg, IL 61401-4999

Jonah Rubin 309-341-7501

James Thrall 309-341-7912


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How We Work

  1. We've been activists since the beginning. Knox has had many historic involvements with peace and social justice: abolitionism, the muckrakers, and our commitment to educating students of all races, genders, and economic backgrounds. Our nationally lauded Peace Corps Preparatory Program and innovative KnoxCorps reflect our continued leadership in these areas. 
  2. We're uniquely equipped to take on controversial issues. From the very start of a Knox education, the First Year Preceptorial teaches students to confront and resolve intellectual and ideological differences through reasoned dialogue. Our Intergroup Dialogue program offers courses that encourage students to explore conflict, rather than minimize it. Discussing conflict and resolution is in our DNA, and the peace and justice studies program challenges students to strive for holistic analysis, blending political and sociocultural perspectives as they take on complex issues.
  3. We work in the field. We start out building strong foundations in the methods and practices involved in social change, and go on to apply what we've learned in the classroom to real-world problems. Whether it's an internship, summer work, or off-campus studies, all of our students complete some sort of active learning experience.
  4. Our curriculum is collaborative. Peace and justice studies brings together professors from economics, political science, educational studies, religious studies, history, and more—sometimes, even in the space of a single course. It's no surprise that the peace and justice perspective is applicable to everyday practice in a variety of disciplines. Our students are able to pose questions about agency and justice in the arts, sciences, social sciences, and more.
  5. Our alumni are on the front lines of social justice work. Ismat Kittani '51 helped establish the Honor Code as a Knox student and went on to become president of the United Nations. Susan Deller Ross '64 is founder and director of the International Women's Human Rights Clinic and has testified before congress on women's rights issues. Steve Gibson '88 founded the first integrated sexual health services and community center to fight the AIDS crisis in San Francisco. Kirstin Eidenbach '98 founded an organization dedicated to bringing systemic change to Arizona's prison systems. Luella Williams '06 is director of an organization that leverages the power of sports to help young people in underserved communities succeed. 
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