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.
Great Hall
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.
ABP Café
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.
Great Hall
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.
Great Hall
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.
ABP Café
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
21st-Century 'Youthquake'"

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.
Great Hall