» The Delp-Wilkinson Peace Lecture Series

Through the generosity of the late Professor Emeritus Paul Delp, Trustee Harmon Wilkinson and his wife Nadine, the Delp-Wilkinson Peace Endowment was established to support Peace Studies at Chapman. The endowment provides support for student travel to conferences and study tour classes in addition to providing books and videos that enrich the program. Finally, it supports The Delp-Wilkinson Peace Lecture Series that annually brings at least one prominent peacemaker to campus to speak and meet with students.

Annual Events


International Day of PeaceCelebration of International Day of Peace, Social Justice BBQ, Spring Student Capstone Presentations.

Past Lectures and Events

Scott Ritter

This endowment has allowed Peace Studies to bring in Nobel Peace Laureates Jose Ramos-Horta,  Betty Williams, and Rigoberta Menchu as well as leading scholars within the field of Peace Studies such as David Barash, Douglas Kellner, Betty Reardon, Cornel West, Edward Said, Howard Zinn, Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela, Mark Tomass, Benjamin Madley, and Nigel Young. Peace Studies often partners with many other departments to address the historical, artistic, psychological, political, social, and other pathways to peace and causes of conflict. Many speakers have worked in the international system including Ret. UN Gen. Romeo Dellaire,* outspoken former-UN arms inspector Scott Ritter, Ambassador to USSR Jack Matlock, Ambassador from South Africa Barbara Masekela, Northern Ireland leader Lord John Alderdice, and Ambassadors and Consul Generals from many countries including Ireland, Turkey, and Germany. The department has also invited many activists, often for interactive events, including radical pacifist David Dellinger, human rights activist Blase Bonpane, anti-apartheid leaders Prexy Nesbitt & Albie Sachs, Columbia’s indigenous leader and environmental activist Aura Tegría Cristancho, and environmentalist Bill McKibben.  Other speakers have included journalist Robin Wright, analyst Phyllis Bennis, and media critic Alexander Cockburn. The Department has also held major symposiums and conferences that have brought in academic, film, and activist leaders to commemorate events such as the 70th anniversary of the nuclear bombings of Japan and the 20th Anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement in Northern Ireland (featuring Paul Arthur, the Rev. Gary Mason, & Bill Rolsten).