Campus: CSU, Fresno -- July 20, 2001
Fresno City Council Honors Fresno State Professor Sudarshan Kapoor
California State University, Fresno professor Sudarshan Kapoor was recognized
today (July 17) by the Fresno City Council for his decades of work to
promote peace locally and throughout the world.
The council presented Kapoor a proclamation honoring his work and congratulating
him on his recent appointment to the board of directors of the International
Peace Research Association Foundation.
In accepting the honor, Kapoor told the council he was "humbled and
overwhelmed by this gesture." He also said he accepts the honor on
behalf of the many individuals in the community working for peace.
He said he will continue to work to "build a culture of peace, not
Kapoor, a professor of social work education, is one of 21 directors,
including 13 from the United States, named to the peace foundation. It
is a nonprofit organization that supports the activities of the International
Peace Research Association, which, since 1965, has "sought to enhance
the processes of peace."
Kapoor, a member of the Fresno State faculty since 1967, is founding director
of the Peace and Conflict Studies program and has coordinated "Stop
the Hate" week activities on campus and in the community.
He also helped establish the university's Peace Garden.
Kapoor co-founded the Fresno Center for Non-violence and is a member of
the Martin Luther King Jr. Unity Committee, the Fresno Human Relations
Commission and the Multi-Cultural and Gender Relations Committee. He has
served as the coordinator of the Central California Multicultural Council
since 1999. In 2000, he was the recipient of Temple Beth Israel's Social
He is working on a publication entitled, "Cesar Chavez and His Spirituality."
The International Peace Research Association's purpose is to advance interdisciplinary
research into the conditions of peace and the causes of war and other
forms of violence. The association is concerned with stable peace and
encourages worldwide cooperation designed to assist the advance of peace
research and education. It promotes national studies and teaching related
to the pursuit of world peace, strives to facilitate contacts and cooperation
between scholars and educators throughout the world and encourages the
worldwide dissemination of results of peace research.