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Asia Pacific Peace Studies Institute

We promote peace with security, justice, and sustainability.

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our pursuit of cross-cultural understanding

Asia Pacific Peace Studies Institute (APPSI) 

The Asia Pacific Peace Studies Institute promotes “positive peace”—peace with genuine security as well as social justice and ecological sustainability—in Oakland and communities throughout Asia, Oceania and the Americas. We do so via an integrative approach combining research, publishing, student leadership training, social innovation, and public engagement activities ranging from policy seminars to music and the arts. APPSI is hosted by the School of Education and Liberal Arts at Holy Names University. Please click on the button below to see all APPSI programs.

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APPSI NextGen Peacebuilders Program 

The Asia Pacific Peace Studies Institute is dedicated to helping nurture a new generation of peacebuilders who can address complex global and local challenges. APPSI partners with social enterprises, non-profit organizations, and government offices to design student-centered, experiential learning projects that advance human security and environmental sustainability.  The APPSI NextGen Peacebuilders Program offers students opportunities to engage in project design and management as they grapple with real-world challenges. Our projects have advanced conflict resolution, disaster relief, environmental and water justice, fair trade and community empowerment, fighting human trafficking, and protecting the most vulnerable among us. Please click on the button below to access project descriptions.

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APPSI Lifelong Learning Series   

The APPSI Lifelong Learning Series represents our commitment to engaging both the campus community and the general public in our pursuit of cross-cultural understanding and positive peace. Thanks to generous support from foundations, private donors, and various HNU departments, most APPSI events offer free admission. 

Spring 2022 APPSI Lifelong Learning Series
Spring 2022 event listings coming soon! 
Fall 2021 APPSI Lifelong Learning Series


September 11, 2021  |  10:00-11:30 am  |  Mountain View Cemetery 

History All Around Us: A Walking Tour of Mountain View Cemetery

Special private tour led by Dennis Evanosky, Publisher, Alameda Sun 


September 20, 2021  |  8:00-9:00 pm  |  Oakland Library Dimond Branch 

Atomic Cover-up screening with Oakland International Film Festival

Outdoor screening and conversation at Oakland Library Dimond Branch 


November 16, 2021  |  4:30-5:45 pm  |  Webinar 

Museum Educators & Community Engagement 

A Conversation with Barbara Henry, Principal, Barbara Henry & Associates; and former Chief Curator of Education, Oakland Museum of California 


November 18, 2021  |  4:30-5:45 pm  |  Webinar 

Rematriating Indigenous (Ohlone) Land in the Oakland Bay Area

A Conversation with Corrina Gould, Co-Founder of the Sogorea Te’ Land Trust; and Tribal spokesperson for the Confederated Villages of Lisjan .

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Spring 2021 APPSI Lifelong Learning Series


February 16, 2021  |  5:00-6:30 pm  |  Webinar 

Oakland Graffiti and Aerosol Artists: Honoring Mike ‘Dream’ Francisco 

Film Screening and Conversation with Pendarvis Harshaw, Host of KQED’s Rightnowish 

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March 16, 2021  |  5:00-6:15 pm  |  Webinar 

The Fair Food Program: Advancing Immigrant and Worker Rights 

Conversation with Nely Rodriguez, co-founder of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers 


April 13, 2021  |  4:30-6:00 pm  |  Webinar 

Decolonizing California Missions: From Euro-American to Indigenous Perspectives 

Illustrated lectures by Dr. Yve Chavez (Tongva), Assistant Professor in the History of Art and Visual Culture, University of California Santa Cruz 

Mission Watercolors by Sr. Maria Luisa Wolfskill, SNJM

Illustrated lecture by Chiara Rosequist, Adjunct Professor of Studio Arts, Holy Names University  

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April 27, 2021  |  1:00-2:30 pm  |  Webinar 

Nurturing Tomorrow’s Global Leaders: Internships and Careers in the Foreign Service

Conversation with Micaela Schweitzer-Bluhm, the U.S. Department of State Diplomat in Residence for the Northwest