Activist Legacy Project
The Activist Legacy Project (ALP) carries forth the research mission of MU, Missouri’s premier public research institution. The research component of the ALP, led by MU Professor Emeritus of Sociology Ken Benson, documents the personal histories of life-long peace activists, recording their personal and tactical insights pertaining to peace and justice advocacy.
The ALP also seeks to honor career peace activists and celebrate their contributions of community service, teaching, research, leadership, lobbying, media communications, and financial donations. There is a special emphasis on documenting peace activism at MU and the surrounding community.
Additionally, the ALP receives and archives materials including written accounts, academic papers, records of organizations, photographs, videos, underground publications, and other memorabilia.
Finally, the ALP fosters dialogue and collaboration between multiple generations of activists, acknowledging that each age group has a uniquely valuable set of experiences, strengths and viewpoints.
Over the summer, the Activist Legacy Project conducted its first individual interview with life-long peace advocate, Dwight Rieman.
Meeting of the Friends of Peace Studies, 2013. Seated, left to right: Chris Robinson, president Friends of Peace Studies (FPS); Russ Breyfogle, former President FPS; Professor Jack Kultgen vice-president FPS.
Standing, left to right: Professor Emeritus Ken Benson; Adjunct Professor Bill Wickersham; Linda Harlan (FPS) ; Professors David Mehr, Michael Ugarte, Larry Brown ; Professor Emeritus Turk Storvick; unidentified friend of Peace Studies; Peace Studies 1050 Instructor Jesse Van Gerven (PhD 2014), Professor Clarence Lo, Peace Studies Director