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Conflict studies, Peace studies, Higher education, Portland State University, General education, Activism


Higher Education | Peace and Conflict Studies


Marvin Kaiser was interviewed by Oona Fisher Campbell on May 15, 2020, in Portland, Oregon. Also participating in the interview are Patricia Schechter and Cleophas Chambliss.

In this interview, Kaiser, who has a background in social work, discusses the structural obstacles in our society that create conflict and emphasizes the role that the university and higher education in general can play as a community public service.


Marvin Kaiser was the dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Portland State University from 1993 to 2010. During this time, he oversaw the creation of the Conflict Resolution graduate program within the college. The program aims to teach skills related to mediation and identify personal and political reasons behind conflict in order to foster peace-building.


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 Marvin Kaiser