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Vietnam War, Iraq War, Gulf War, Peace Studies, Conflict Resolution, Oral History, University History


International Relations | Oral History | Political History | Political Science


Professor Tom Hastings was interviewed by Professor Patricia Schechter on May 8, 2020, in Portland, Oregon.

In this discussion, Dr. Hastings recounts his professional development as a scholar and practitioner of nonviolence. The first half of the story involves his youth, early activism, and college training in Wisconsin. The second half involves his move to Portland, Oregon in 2000 and his growing involvement with Conflict Resolution at PSU.


Dr. Tom Hastings joined the faculty of the Conflict Resolution program at Portland State University in 2001.


This interview is part of a series of oral histories given by former and current faculty members in the Conflict Resolution program at Portland State University. In spring 2020, public history students at PSU undertook this research as the program celebrated its 25th anniversary.

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Interview with Tom Hastings