About the Creator
John M. Whiteley is a Professor in the School of Social Ecology at the University of California, Irvine, with research focus on the social ecology of peace, a safer nuclear world, international cooperation, and global peace and conflict studies.
Professor Whiteley has been involved since 1988 in increasing cooperation and dialogue among community members and scholars in Irvine and their counterparts in the former Soviet Union. "Toward a Safer Nuclear World" is a series of international research and public service projects at the University of California, Irvine focusing on collaboration with Russia and other republics of the former Soviet Union.
Professor Whiteley earned a bachelor's degree in political science from Stanford University, followed by a doctoral degree in counseling psychology from Harvard University. He has published extensively in the areas of counseling psychology, human development, and education as well as produced a collection of award-winning films, ranging in topics from single-parenting to this series on world peace. He is founding editor of The Counseling Psychologist, a publication of the American Psychological Association, and for this work he was recognized as making an outstanding contribution to psychology. For his research on moral and ethical development of college students, published under the title Character Development of College Students, he received outstanding research awards from the American Personnel and Guidance Association, the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision, and the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators. He received the Contribution to Knowledge Award from the American College Personnel Association. He also received the George Washington Honor Medal from the Freedom Foundation of Valley Forge, and the "Extraordinarius Award" from the UCI Alumni Association.
The "Quest for Peace" interviews were conceived in 1983 by Professor Whiteley as a video series to be broadcast throughout the country on cable and public access stations. He conducted every interview in the series, which provides a wide range of perspectives from world-renowned experts on the central issues in the struggle to preserve peace in the nuclear age.
"In times of extreme peril, previous generations of Americans have fought and sacrificed to create and preserve freedom in America and the world. Their legacy to this generation permits an informed citizenry to exercise their democratic freedoms to accept the challenge of seeking peace in a world threatened by civilization — destroying nuclear conflict. It is to this challenge and responsibility that the "Quest for Peace" series is dedicated. It has been undertaken in the belief that the capability and commitment of the American public to confront the imperative for peace is strengthened by the insights and analysis which are provided by the participants in the 'Quest for Peace' series."