Faculty Profile

Global Studies Faculty

Laurie Gagne, PhD

Director, Edmundite Center for Peace and Justice

Ph.D. in Theology,  University of Notre Dame
B.A. in Religious Studies, Pomona College

Courses I Teach:

  • FS 153: First Year Seminar: Peace and Justice
  • PJ 101: Approaches to Peace
  • PJ 410: War and Peace in World Religions
  • Special Topics: Catholic Social Teaching

Publications:

The Uses of Darkness: Women's Underworld Journeys Ancient and Modern, University of Notre Dame Press

“The Narrative Approach to Teaching Peace and Justice,” Villanova Journal of Peace and Justice Studies.

.. and numerous other articles

  • Chair, Sisters of Mercy Peace Initiative Awards Committee
  • Service Learning Grant from Vermont Campus Compact

Awards and Recognitions:

  • From Trinity College of Vermont: Outstanding Professor of the Year
  • Baccalaureate speaker chosen by the Senior Class
  • Tau Kappa Yearbook dedication
  • New student lounge named "Laurie Gagne Student Lounge"
  • Recipient of Faculty Development semester long grant

Life Beyond Campus:

I am one of the founders of the Dear Hillary Campaign for the Congo, an activist organization on campus that targets Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on behalf of the people of East Congo. For two years, we have conducted massive postcard campaigns on her birthday, sending birthday greetings with a plea that she make peace in East Congo a foreign policy priority. The first year we established 56 chapters which together sent around 17,000 postcards to the State Department. As a result of our efforts, we were invited to the State Department last December to meet with Ambassador at Large for Global Women's Issues Melanne Verveer.

Laurie Gagne, director, Edmundite Center for Peace and Justice, and Dr. John Reuwer, M.D. of the college’s Peace and Justice faculty tied for 4th place in a nationwide Peace Essay Contest sponsored by the West Suburban Faith Based Peace Coalition of Chicago. The subject of the contest was “How Can we Enforce the Law Against War” referring to the Kellogg-Briand Treaty. Participants were asked to write a letter to an influential figure suggesting a way that he or she could promote the cause of world peace. Their letter was addressed to Pope Francis and called on him to publicly renounce the Just War Treaty and proclaim nonviolence as the only method of conflict resolution in keeping with the message of Jesus. Laurie and John, along with the other award recipients, are to be honored at a luncheon in Chicago on August 27. Laurie also led the group, SMC for DRC (St. Michael’s College for the Democratic Republic of Congo) to the United Nations for a panel on Sexual Violence in the Congo on March 6. SMC for DRC was invited to attend the panel by the ENOUGH Project, which co-sponsored the event in celebration of International Women’s Day.
(posted August 2014)

Laurie Gagne, director of the Edmundite Center for Peace & Justice, won the top teaching award, Excellence in Community-Based Teaching, from Vermont Campus Compact at the group’s annual statewide awards on April 12, 2012, in Montpelier. She was cited for her tireless commitment to educating students about social justice issues in and out of the classroom, and for her central role redesigning the college’s Peace and Justice minor to incorporate service learning. Laurie teaches Peace and Justice First Year Seminar; Approaches to Peace; and Religion and War and Peace.

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