Awards and Recognition


J. Cherie Strachan joins national advisory committee

October 5, 2013

Political science professor J. Cherie Strachan has been appointed to the national advisory committee for the Center for Civic Literacy at Indiana University Purdue University, Indianapolis.

The Center’s mission is to increase public understanding of the nature of our civic deficit, and its effect upon democratic decision-making, by mounting a public information effort aimed at opinion leaders, policymakers and educators; and second, to identify and promote the use of effective tools and “best practices” to help educators and others address the problem. 
Strachan joins a National Advisory Committee of nationally and internationally prominent scholars recognized for their research on civic education and youth political participation. For more information, visit


CMU hosts international events to honor centenary of the Peace Palace 

Central Michigan University philosophy professor Hope May.

August 2013 - Click here to view photos

Philosophy professor Hope May and Central Michigan University received international recognition this summer for May’s efforts in organizing educational outreach activities surrounding the centennial anniversary of the Peace Palace—known as the seat of international law.

May organized an international conference in The Netherlands for students and young professionals Aug. 25-27 and hosted a public educational ceremony with keynote speakers Leymah Gbowee, a peace activist who received the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize; Brigid Inder, executive director of the Women’s Initiatives for Gender Justice; and Stephen J. Rapp, U.S. Ambassador for Global Criminal Justice.

She received a $55,000 grant from the Planethood Foundation to develop student engagement opportunities and build public awareness about the International Criminal Court, the history of international law and the “Peace through Law” approach. Additional funding came from the College of Humanities and Social and Behavioral Sciences and the Department of Philosophy and Religion at CMU.

The Planethood Foundation, an initiative of former Nuremberg Prosecutor Benjamin Ferencz and his son Donald, supports projects pertaining to the International Criminal Court and educational efforts to replace the law of force with the force of law.

May also distributed packages of materials about peace history and international law to 30 partners across the globe, including locations in China, Ireland, Italy, Japan, South Korea and the United Kingdom.

Located in The Hague, Netherlands, the Peace Palace is home to the “World Court” of the United Nations, the Permanent Court of Arbitration, the Hague Academy of International Law, and an extensive library dedicated to international law. It was built with funds donated by Andrew Carnegie and opened on August 28, 1913.


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