Kent Shifferd is a member of World Beyond War’s Coordinating Committee and an author of A Global Security System: An Alternative to War. He holds a Ph.D. in history from Northern Illinois University and taught for thirty years at Northland College where he directed the Peace Studies program. He has held visiting appointments at Ripon College, the University of Wisconsin, and United Theological Seminary. He was one of the founders of the Wisconsin Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies, a twenty-one campus consortium, and served several terms as its Executive Director. He was part of the team of scholars who created the award-winning Annenberg-CPB, distance learning course, Dilemmas Of War And Peace, broadcast on Wisconsin Public Radio. Kent Shifferd lives with his wife, Dr. Patricia Shifferd, and their Sheltie, “Sweetheart,” on Middle Twin Lake in northern Wisconsin. He likes old airplanes, bluegill fishing, and traveling in Europe. He is currently working on a new book on the unprecedented global crisis of hypercivilization and the ways humananity and the planet might yet survive it.