University of Oregon

Carlton and Wilberta Ripley Savage Endowment for International Relations and Peace

Carlton Savage's Vision

Through his decades of work in the Department of State, Carlton Savage developed his strong belief that "war is the most terrible of all calamities." He devoted his life to world peace and the promotion of human rights, and he hoped for the abolition of war as an instrument of policy. Savage also had a special interest in the Pacific Basin and its critical role in an era of peaceful, cooperative international relations. He viewed the protection of human rights and the strengthening of international organizations as central to the cause of world peace and harmony.

Establishment of the Chair and Endowment

In 1987, Carlton Raymond Savage gave a generous gift of $500,000 on his own behalf and in memory of his late wife, Wilberta Ripley Savage, to the university to endow a visiting professorship in international relations and peace. In 1990, the Oregon State Legislature, through its new Endowment for Excellence Program, matched the original endowment with an equal grant of state funds. With this additional financial support, the Savage endowment has become a centerpiece in the University of Oregon's growing reputation as a leader in the fields of international relations and peace.



Oxford expert in humanitarian ethics to visit UO

EUGENE, Ore. – (October 21, 2013) – Internationally recognized scholar and educator Hugo Slim visits the University of Oregon November 16-23 as the 2013-14 Savage Professor of International Relations and Peace.

Slim’s visit marks the beginning of a collaboration between the University of Oregon and the University of Oxford, which focuses on issues of global human rights through events and scholarship opportunities for UO students and faculty members on the Eugene and Oxford campuses.

While at the UO, Slim will conduct a workshop on prevention-oriented curriculum with UO faculty and 4J teachers, attend classes, engage with students interested in international aid work and deliver the UO’s second annual address on the State of Human Rights.

His lecture, “The State of Human Rights: The Challenge of Humanitarian Action,” will take place on Wednesday Nov. 20, at 7 p.m. in the Knight Law Center Campbell Auditorium. Admission is free. All are welcome. 

Hugo Slim is a senior research fellow at the Oxford Institute for Ethics, Law and Armed Conflict at the University of Oxford where he leads research on humanitarian ethics. He has been a board member of Oxfam GB, an international advisor to the British Red Cross, and is currently on the board of the Catholic Agency for Overseas Development (CAFOD).

In prior years, Slim worked for Save the Children and the United Nations in Morocco, Sudan, Ethiopia, Bangladesh and the Middle East. He has also been appointed chief scholar at the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue in Geneva where he led research on the protection of civilians, and political mediation in armed conflicts; and has consulted for the ICRC, UN agencies and many of the world’s largest NGOs. Slim is the author of many papers on humanitarian action and four books: "Essays in Humanitarian Action" (2012); "Killing Civilians: Method, Madness and Morality in War" (2007); "Protection: A Guide for Humanitarian Agencies" (2005) and "Listening for a Change: Oral Testimony and Development" (1993).

His visit is sponsored by the Carlton and Wilberta Ripley Savage Endowment for International Relations and Peace, with support from the UO Initiative “Genocide and Mass Atrocities: Responsibility to Prevent,” the Conflict and Dispute Resolution Master’s Degree Program at the UO School of Law and the Robert D. Clark Honors College.

For more information, please contact Laura Johnson at

UO genocide prevention initiative announces project grant recipients

EUGENE, Ore. -- (June 17, 2013) -- A cross-campus initiative that seeks to motivate greater responsiveness to the prevention of genocide and mass atrocities has announced the recipients of its inaugural project grants.

The initiative, "Genocide and Mass Atrocities: Responsibility to Prevent," examines personal and political responses to mass atrocities from the perspective of numerous disciplines. It has been spearheaded by the University of Oregon School of Law’s Appropriate Dispute Resolution Center, in partnership with the Carlton and Wilberta Ripley Savage Endowment for International Relations and Peace, and the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs.

Through a generous commitment from the Savage Endowment, the initiative  provides up to $20,000 annually to support eligible programs proposed by UO faculty, staff and students.

The 2013-14 project grant recipients are:

  • “Preventing Further Genocide and Mass Atrocities in Guatemala and Beyond.” Submitted by: Lynn Stephen (Center for Latino/a and Latin American Studies, Anthropology), Carlos Aguirre (History, Latin American Studies), Gabriela Martinez (School of Journalism & Communication), Michelle McKinley (School of Law), Stephanie Wood (Fulbright Senior Specialist).
  • “Overcoming Psychic Numbing: Creating Better Media Coverage of Mass Atrocity.” Submitted by: Scott Maier (School of Journalism and Communication), Paul Slovic (Psychology).
  • “African Peacebuilding Project.” Submitted by: Barbara Tint (Conflict and Dispute Resolution, School of Law), Emmalee McDonald (African Studies; Conflict and Dispute Resolution, School of Law).
  • “Building Response-Based Undergraduate Curriculum and Course Content Concerning Genocide and its Prevention.” Galen Martin (International Studies)

Applications were reviewed and considered by an interdisciplinary, cross-campus steering committee composed of faculty, administrators, and students.

"The committee is quite pleased with the innovative, collaborative, and prevention-oriented nature of these four projects," said David Frank, dean of the UO Clark Honors College and chair of the Savage Committee. "They exemplify thoughtful creativity and a dedication to action." 

A call for 2014-15 project proposals will be released in fall 2013 and will be posted on the Savage Endowment for International Relations and Peace webpage.


For more information contact Project Coordinator Laura Johnson at



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