Professor George Wolfe
George W. Wolfe
George Wolfe is currently Coordinator of Outreach Programs for the Center for Peace and Conflict Studies at Ball State University where he served as Director of Peace Studies from 2002 to 2006. He is the author of several publications, including his recent book The Spiritual Power of Nonviolence: Interfaith Understanding for a Future Without War, which has been endorsed by Arun Gandhi, Bishop William E. Swing, and peace educator Michael N. Nagler. He is also a trained mediator and an ordained interfaith minister. In 1991 he was awarded an Open Fellowship from the Eli Lilly Endowment which made possible his first trip to India where he was introduced to the nonviolent philosophy of Mahatma Gandhi.
Wolfe received his doctorate in higher education administration from Indiana University. As an educator, he frequently speaks both within and outside the United States on topics related to nonviolence, peace education, academic freedom, and the role of the arts in social activism. He has been a featured speaker in the Hall of Philosophy at Chautauqua Institution and has served as a panelist at the annual Conference on World Affairs in Boulder, Colorado. He has also served as a visiting scholar at Limburg Catholic University in Hasselt, Belgium and has presented peace education workshops in the island nation of Saint Lucia by invitation of the Ministry of Education. In 2004, conservative commentator David Horowitz listed George Wolfe as "one of the 101 most dangerous academics in America."
George Wolfe is also an accomplished classical saxophonist who has appeared as a soloist with the United States Navy Band, the Saskatoon Symphony, and the Royal Band of the Belgian Air Force. He received his Masters of Music degree in 1972 from Indiana University where he was also awarded a Performers Certificate from the IU School of Music. He has served as an artist-in-residence at universities in the United States, Austria, Canada, France, India and Costa Rica. His interdisciplinary interests have extended beyond Western music traditions through an open fellowship awarded him by the Eli Lilly Endowment to study in New Delhi, India. In 1997, Ball State University awarded Dr. Wolfe its Outstanding Creative Endeavor award. Wolfe has been featured on numerous recordings and, as a peace activist, became known for his performances of Martin Wesley-Smith's video-acoustic composition "Weapons of Mass Distortion," written to protest the U.S. preemptive invasion of Iraq. George Ruckert, MIT world music professor and long-term disciple of sarode artist Ali Akbar Khan, has referred to George Wolfe as "a major musician of our time."