Department of Peace and Conflict Studies

School of Health and Human Sciences


Upcoming Event: The Continuing Impact of the Fall of the Iron Curtain on Eastern Europe and the World

Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014

3:30– 5:00 PM

Stone 186

David Edgar playwright

David Edgar is a British playwright and journalist with over 60 published and performed plays on stage, radio, television and film. His current play, Iron Curtain Trilogymarks the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall and subsequent collapse of the Soviet Union. This series of three productions, performed by Burning Coal Theatre in Raleigh, cover themes from political drama around art, refugees and history, to the quest for freedom in fall of Communist governments in the former Soviet-bloc. His works incorporate diverse languages across characters and presents how the power of ambiguity may make or break a peace process. At UNCG, Edgar will discuss the role of theatre in promoting dialogue around the issues of peace, violence, and the language of conflict. Join the Department of Peace and Conflict Studies for this engaging and enriching discussion about art, peace and conflict and how lessons from past conflict can be applied in today’s world.



What We Do

Peace and Conflict Studies (PCS) is a  department within the School of Health and Human Sciences.

We focus on conflict transformation and management. We also address building peaceful and just social systems, communities, and societies by educating students and engaging with policymakers and the broader community in creating the context for positive conflict transformation.

For general inquires please email us at For more information regarding the graduate program please contact Tom Matyok, Director of Graduate Studies, at For more information regarding the undergraduate program please contact Cathryne Schmitz, Department Chair, at