Schedule of Events

We are pleased to present the following schedule of events for this year's conference!

We will continue to add information to this page over the coming weeks, so please check back periodically for details and specifics about the various presentations and sessions. Note that this schedule is still 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 the Hesburgh Center for International Studies on the campus of the University of Notre Dame, unless otherwise indicated. All times are Eastern Daylight Time. The information provided below is current as of Wednesday, April 6, 2016.


Friday, April 8
11:00 am–1:00 pm Registration, Free Time

Participants and presenters should check in at the hospitality desk to receive their conference materials. Registration will remain open throughout the conference. Volunteers can answer questions about nearby eateries for those seeking lunch options or campus attractions for those wishing to explore before the opening sessions.
Great Hall
1:00 pm–1:15 pm Welcoming Remarks

Madeleine Witt and Tyler McGehee, co-chairs of the 2016 conference committee, will offer welcome remarks and announcements to open the conference.
Auditorium
1:15 pm–2:15 pm Opening Session: "You Belong to the Peace Movement...and the Peace Movement Belongs to You"

Kate Alexander, Director of Policy and Outreach at Peace Action New York State, will speak about the historical importance of students in peace movements and emphasize why the voices and experiences of student activists must continue to define the peace movements of today.
Auditorium
2:30 pm–3:45 pm Breakout Session 1  
Panel A—How NGOs are Filling the Gap C102
Panel B—Peacebuilding with an Artist's Touch C103
Panel C—Exploring "New War" Theory in Modern Conflict C104/105
4:00 pm–4:45 pm Breakout Session 2  
Roundtable A—What Justice? Voices from Behind the Walls C102
Roundtable B—Building Peace in Chicago's South Side C103
Roundtable C—Threat of ISIS and the Syrian Refugee Crisis C104/105
5:00 pm–6:15 pm Keynote Address: "The Future of Peace Building: A Vision for the Twenty-First Century"

Special guest Timothy Phillips, the CEO and co-founder of Beyond Conflict, will speak about the role that behavioral science will play in revolutionizing the way we think about conflict and reconciliation, and how it will shape the approaches we develop in the future.
Auditorium
6:15 pm–7:30 pm Conference Dinner

Included with registration. The dinner buffet will be catered by Purple Porch Co-Op, a local organic grocery and restaurant. The menu will accomodate vegetarian and pork-restricted diets. Some vegan and gluten-free options may be available as well.
Great Hall
7:30 pm–8:30 pm Film Session: "Obbasa Ain Gallit: We Continue"

Diana Elhard and Jason Kosch will represent Extending the Link (ETL), a student group at College of Saint Benedict / Saint John's University, at a screening of their latest documentary film, which explores the history and culture of the Sámi people and illustrates the importance of remembering one's heritage and history.
Auditorium
Saturday, April 9
8:00 am–9:00 am Conference Breakfast

Included with registration. A light Continental-style breakfast buffet, catered by Purple Porch Co-op, will be available along with hot beverages for those who wish to join us for breakfast.
Great Hall
9:00 am–10:15 am Breakout Session 3  
Local Agents of Change: Creating Positive Impact at Home C103
Weaving Peace Beyond Boundaries Auditorium
10:30 am–11:15 am Poster Session

During this session, poster presenters will be available to answer questions and engage in dialogue about their research.
C102, C103
11:30 am–12:45 pm Breakout Session 4  
Panel A—Securing Health Rights at Home and Abroad C102
Panel B—Empowering and Protecting Local Communities C103
Paper Presentation—Media Freedom: In the Middle of Nowhere C104/105
12:45 pm–2:00 pm Conference Lunch

Included with registration. The lunch buffet will be catered by Purple Porch Co-Op, a local organic grocery and restaurant. The menu will accomodate vegetarian and pork-restricted diets. Some vegan and gluten-free options may be available as well.
Great Hall
2:00 pm–2:45 pm Breakout Session 5  
Roundtable A—Rapping Up Conflict: A Student-Crafted Curriculum C102
Paper Presentation—Gamification for Strategic Peacebuilding C103
Roundtable B—Climate Change and Human Mobility in Bangladesh C104/105
3:00 pm–4:15 pm Breakout Session 6  
Panel A—Post-Conflict Restorative Transformation C102
Panel B—Refugees Worldwide: Exclusion, Tolerance, Acceptance C103
Panel C—Cultural Expressions of Violence Against Women C104/105
4:30 pm–5:45 pm Closing Session: "Faithful Leaders in the Community: Women of the Interfaith Dialogue"

Jane Pitz, Rabia Yasmin Sharif, and Birdie McElroy will represent Interfaith Dialogue Group, a coalition of women from different faith communities in the local South Bend area, to share and explore how they use interfaith connection to create social change. This panel will be moderated by Atalia Omer, associate professor of religion, conflict and peace studies at the University of Notre Dame.
Auditorium
5:45 pm–6:00 pm Final Remarks

Madeleine Witt and Tyler McGehee, co-chairs of the 2016 conference committee, will offer final thoughts and remarks to close the conference.
Auditorium
6:00 pm–6:30 pm Closing Reception

Participants are invited to enjoy light refreshments and conversation 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.
Great Hall