The Global Justice Program is sponsored by the Savage Endowment. The goal of the Program, is to inspire students to develop the ability to use reason to help prevent violence and hate in personal, national, and international affairs.

Carlton Savage, the Program’s benefactor, hoped that the Endowment would allow the University to “become a major center for the study of international relations and peace, influencing students to come to the University who are interested in the cause of peace” (Memorandum, p.3.).

We hope to accomplish theses goals by:

  1. Bringing outstanding people to visit and speak at the University.
  2. Sponsoring related faculty and student research projects
  3. Fostering and establishing long lasting relationships with universities, institutions, and other similar organizations.


Carlton Savage’s Biography

Born in Salem, Oregon, Carlton Savage graduated from the University of Oregon in 1921. In 1927 he joined the U.S. Department of State, beginning a distinguished career in diplomacy and international affairs. In 1945, Savage was in the U.S. delegation to the San Francisco Conference that established the United Nations. After retiring from the State Department, Savage taught international relations at the University of Utah and American University.

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.

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.

Carlton Savage intended the Endowment to “inspire” students to make their own contribution to the development of reasonableness as a substitute for violence and hate in personal, national and international affairs. To achieve this goal, he hoped that we would bring outstanding people to campus in order to teach the campus community how to use reason as a substitute for violence and hate.

Here is a downloadable PDF of the Memorandum of Understanding outlining the purpose and intention of the gift as well as the process they went through to create the Savage Endowment.

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