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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

To the College of Liberal Arts,
Purdue University

To Whom It May Concern,

In the Spring of 1970, when I was running for student body president (although I lost the election, I received 777 votes), one of the major elements in my platform was the institution of a Program On Non-Violence at Purdue University.

And I am gratified that it was significantly through my efforts and the efforts of many other people interested in non-violence at that time—Charlie McCarthy from the University of Notre Dame; Sister Marie Bohn of St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church; Dave Kingrey, a local Quaker minister; and the Dean of the School of Humanities, Social Sciences and Education at that time (sorry, but I forgot his name)—that Purdue University now has a Peace Studies Program which far exceeds anything that I could have even dreamed of that 45 years ago.

But, now, the situation has grown desperately worse; with conflicts between religions—and religiously-motivated violence, terrorism and warfare—now threatening the very survival of human civilization itself.

It is for this reason that I am now attempting to create a Curriculum For Countering Religious Extremist Violence, a very brief outline of what can be seen at:

And I am wondering whether the Interdisciplinary Studies Program at Purdue would be at interested in assisting me in the development of such a program.


Michael Cecil
BS Psychology 1971

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