Prominent Scholar of Peace and Conflict Studies Dr. Thomas Matyók to Speak at ASU

On Tuesday, March 26, Dr. Thomas Matyók, Ph.D. Director of the Air Force Negotiation Center and Associate Professor at Air War College will give a public lecture entitled “Blessed Are the Peacemakers: Religion and Reconciliation in Civil-Military Interaction” at 7 p.m. in Belk Library and Information Commons, Room 114. Matyók will speak on the peacebuilding potential of religion before, during and after large-scale ethnic conflict.

Matyok will also offer a colloquium on “Military Education and Training in Conflict Analysis & Transformation: The Role of Peace Studies in the Military” from 1-3 p.m. on Wednesday March 27 in Edwin Duncan 101.  Faculty and students are welcome; those interested should contact Amy Hudnall ( or Alexandra Hellenbrand (

Matyók has been professionally involved in conflict resolution as a mediator, negotiator, facilitator, trainer, executive and conflict coach, dispute systems designer, researcher and professor. He has consulted for private, civic, military, religious and community organizations.

Matyók was lead editor of, “Peace on Earth: The Role of Religion in Peace and Conflict Studies,” and “Critical Issues in Peace and Conflict Studies: Theory, Practice and Pedagogy.” He is currently co-editing the Routledge Companion to Peace and Conflict Studies due for release in early 2019. He was the Chair and Director of Graduate Studies of the Department Peace and Conflict Studies at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro UNCG. In addition to UNCG, he has taught at the United States Army War College, John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School, Duke University Rotary Scholars Program, University of Konstanz (Germany) Department of Politics and Public Administration and the Nova Southeastern University Department of Conflict Analysis and Resolution.  

For more information, contact the Center for Judaic, Holocaust and Peace Studies at or call 828.262.2311. This event is organized by the Center and the visit is co‐sponsored by The College of Arts and Sciences, the Department of Philosophy and Religion, the Peace and Genocide Education Club, Alpha Epsilon Pi, ASU’s Hillel Chapter and Temple of the High Country.


About the Center for Judaic, Holocaust and Peace Studies
Appalachian State University’s Center for Judaic, Holocaust, and Peace Studies was founded in 2002 to develop new educational opportunities for students, teachers and the community. Located administratively within the College of Arts and Sciences, the center seeks to strengthen tolerance, understanding and remembrance by increasing the knowledge of Jewish culture and history, teaching the history and meaning of the Holocaust, and utilizing these experiences to explore peaceful avenues for human improvement and the prevention of further genocides. The Center for Judaic, Holocaust, and Peace Studies is an associate institutional member of the Association of Jewish Studies, a member of the Association of Holocaust Organizations and a member of the North Carolina Consortium of Jewish Studies.

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Published: Mar 21, 2019 11:14am