Lilly Endowment Awards Nearly $14 Million for Peace Studies at Three Indiana Colleges

The Indianapolis-based Lilly Endowment has announced a four-year, $13.88 million grant to Earlham College, Goshen College, and Manchester College, all in Indiana, to strengthen programs that focus on peace, justice, and conflict resolution.

The three institutions plan to use a portion of the funds to establish a Peace House in Indianapolis that will serve as a base for community outreach and conflict resolution work in the city. In addition to offering courses in peace studies, social justice, reconciliation, and related issues, Peace House staff will facilitate the development of new approaches to the study and practice of peace, justice, and conflict resolution. The grant also will enable the three colleges to continue to their research on the root causes of conflict and violence.

"We are excited by the far reaching possibilities this collaboration will bring to students and faculty as we strengthen peace studies on our three campuses, initiate programs together in metropolitan Indianapolis and strengthen peace studies as a discipline across the U.S. and around the world," said Earlham president Douglas Bennett.