Schedule of Events
The following is the tentative schedule of events for this year's conference. We will be continually adding details to this page, including the specifics on the various presentations, so please check back periodically for further information.
Please note that this schedule is subject to change and may be adjusted as late as the week of the conference. We will provide as close to a final schedule as possible in the conference materials.
All events will take place in rooms and locations throughout the Hesburgh Center for International Studies on the campus of the University of Notre Dame, unless otherwise indicated. All times are Eastern Daylight Time.
|Friday, March 27|
|10:00 am–12:00 pm||Registration, Free Time
Participants should check in at the hospitality desk to receive their materials and name badges. Registration will remain open throughout the conference.
Volunteers can answer questions about on-campus eateries for those seeking lunch options. Campus maps will be available for those wishing to explore campus prior to the start of the conference.
|12:00 pm–1:00 pm||Opening Session—Peace Studies on Campus: Why It Matters
This opening session will focus on the important need for peace studies programs at colleges and universities and how peace studies positively impacts students and professors.
Cole Manley, a student at Stanford University, will present and discuss his short film Reimagining Violence: Peace & Justice Studies at Stanford, created to explain peace studies to his campus community and demonstrate why Stanford University needs a peace and justice studies program.
|1:15 pm–3:15 pm||Workshop Session|
|Thinking and Mapping to Engage Social Ecological Complexity||Auditorium|
|Arts-Based Peacebuilding with Diasporic Communities||Room C103|
|1:15 pm–2:00 pm||Roundtable Session 1|
|Significance of Upcoming Elections in Burundi and Rwanda||Room C102|
|Conscription: A Case for More Peace||Room C104/5|
|2:15 pm–3:00 pm||Roundtable Session 2|
|Understanding Islamophobia: Western-Muslim Tension||Room C102|
|Normalization Process: Transition from Conflict to Peace||Room C104/5|
|3:30 pm–4:45 pm||Panel Session 1|
|Inclusivity in Social and Political Transitions||Room C102|
|Addressing Terrorism in the Modern World||Room C103|
|5:00 pm–6:15 pm||Keynote Address—"Preventing Genocide and Other Atrocity Crimes: Contemporary Challenges and Opportunities"
Our primary keynote address will be delivered by Gillian Kitley, Senior Officer in the United Nations Office for Genocide Prevention and the Responsibility to Protect.
|6:15 pm–7:30 pm||Conference Dinner
The dinner buffet will be prepared by Catering by Design, University of Notre Dame. The menu will accomodate vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free and pork-restricted diets.
|7:30 pm–8:00 pm||Poster Session
During this session, poster presenters will be available to answer questions and engage in dialogue about their research.
|8:00 pm–9:15 pm||General Session—Documentary Film as a Peacebuilding Tool
This session will explore and discuss the traditional role that documentary films play in policy advocacy and activism as well as how documentaries, as a form of storytelling, expand our understanding of peacebuilding.
Kuldeep Niraula, a student from the University of Notre Dame, will present his project Use of Documentaries as a Tool of Peacebuilding: A Case of Everyday Gandhis.
Diana Elhard, Megan Boettcher, Megan Towle and Ana Nugent, representing Extending the Link (ETL) at the College of Saint Benedict / Saint John's University, will present their film Ger Kler: A Journey of Untold Strength.
|Saturday, March 28|
|7:30 am–8:30 am||Continental Breakfast
An assortment of continental-style breakfast items will be available, along with hot beverages, for those who wish to join us for breakfast.
|8:30 am–10:30 am||General Session: Creative Peacebuilding & Use of Arts for Conflict Transformation
This session will explore how the arts can connect people, bridge differences and spread messages of hope and reconciliation as well as the use of art as a tool to denounce human rights violations that impede holistic peace.
Kelsey Whiting-Jones, Dania Straughan, Shaban Varajab, Christian Cirhigiri, Michael McDonald, Isaias Guerrero-Cabrera, and Elise Ditta, representing the group Salaam All Stars (SAS) at the University of Notre Dame, will faciliate a panel discussion followed by breakout workshops that focus on various forms of art and their potential for contributing to the moral imagination.
|10:45 am–11:30 pm||Roundtable Session 3|
|Comparative Analysis of Resistance Campaings in Latin America||Room C102|
|How Current United States Immigration Policy Causes Social Inequality||Room C103|
|How the U.S. Catholic Bishops' Can Strengthen their Response to Racism||Room C104/5|
|Sustaining Black Mesa: New Frontiers in Peace Education||Auditorium|
|11:45 pm–1:00 pm||Panel Session 2|
|Persistent Conflict in Central & Eastern Europe||Room C102|
|Reflections on Identity, Politics & Conflict||Room C103|
|Ecology, Environment & Strategic Peacebuilding||Room C104/5|
|1:00 pm–2:15 pm||Conference Lunch
The lunch buffet will be prepared by Catering by Design, University of Notre Dame. The menu will accommodate vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free and pork-restricted diets.
|2:15 pm–3:30 pm||Panel Session 3|
|Connecting Global Health & Peacebuilding||Room C102|
|Islamic Approaches to Peacebuilding||Room C103|
|Storytelling, Memory & Reconciliation||Room C104/5|
|3:45 pm–5:00 pm||Panel Session 4|
|Case Study of Post-Genocide Cambodia||Room C102|
|Citizen Engagement & Community Activism||Room C103|
|Educating & Empowering the Next Generation||Room C104/5|
|5:15 pm–6:30 pm||Closing Keynote—"Nonviolent Struggle: From 20th-Century Movements to
Our closing keynote address will be delivered by Srdja Popovic, one of the founders of the Center for Non-Violent Action and Strategies (CANVAS) in Belgrade, Serbia.
|6:30 pm–7:00 pm||Closing Reception
Join us for light refreshments and casual conversation with fellow participants to end the conference! Volunteers from the organizing committee can answer questions about dining options in the area for those who wish to continue their discussion over dinner.