Philosophy Prof. Kerry Walters and co-author Robin Jarrell released a new book, Blessed Peacemakers: 365 Extraordinary People Who Changed the World, in February. The book collects the stories of 365 people from around the world who share a commitment to peace and justice. The individuals profiled in the book come from a range of nationalities and represent fields such as science, economics, literature, and education.
“We profile anti-war activists, environmentalists, workers for children's, women's, and indigenous peoples' rights, and crusaders for economic justice,” Walters said. “Some of the people profiled are painters, sculptors, and authors. Many are persons of faith from the world's religious traditions, and others are completely secular in their outlook.”
Walters is a former chair of the Philosophy department and has served as a professor at Gettysburg College since 1985. He teaches courses within the Philosophy and Peace and Justice Studies departments, and his interests include religion and mysticism, Christian pacifism, the ethics of diet, issues in death and dying, and U.S. antebellum history. Some of his most recent books, set to be released this year, are Lincoln, the Rise of the Republicans, and the Coming of the Civil War and Giving Up god to Find God. He is currently working on a critical edition of H.R.L. Sheppard's pacifist classic, We Say “No”, and a short book about the 1844 explosion of the USS Princeton.
Published by Cascade Books, Blessed Peacemakers: 365 Extraordinary People Who Changed the World is available for purchase in bookstores or online through Amazon.com or the publisher’s website.