Meet Ian Harris
Dr. Ian Harris is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Education Policy and Community Studies and the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. He conducts research in peace education and male identity. He teaches classes on community education, peace education, modern philosophies of education, male identity, cultural foundations of education, nonviolence in education, community development, and domestic violence.
Harris is the author of Peace Education, Messages Men Hear: Constructing Masculinities, Experiential Education for Community Development (with Paul Denise), and Peace Building for Adolescents (with Linda Forcey). He is director of the International Peace Research Association Foundation, and a founding board member of the Wisconsin Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies. In 2004, he helped to launch a new publication, Journal of Peace Education. Harris received the Peace Educator of the Year Award from the Consortium for Peace Research and the UWM Outstanding Teaching Award in 1997 and the UWM Distinguished Service Award in 1999. Harris earned his undergraduate degree at St. John’s College in Annapolis, Maryland and completed his M.Ed. and Ed.D. at Temple University (UWM).
Read chapter 2 of the book, Peace Education, by Ian Harris and Mary Lee Morrison. In it they lay out what they see as the purpose, levels, and various strategies for peace education.
In order to eliminate war and violence humans must understand, desire, and struggle to achieve peace. If and when the desire for peace becomes strongly rooted in human consciousness, people will strive for it, demanding new social structures that reduce risks of violence. Peace education provides not just a way to promote such a desire for peace within the human mind but also knowledge about peacemaking skills so that human beings can learn alternative nonviolent ways of dealing with each other (Harris & Morrison, 15).
Reflection Question: What “strategy for peace” is most aligned with your world view?