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Third annual student peace conference runs April 4 - 8

April 1, 2011

Loyola University New Orleans’ Student Coordinating Committee for World Peace will host its third annual Student Peace Conference, an interdisciplinary summit dedicated to global peace, April 4 – 8. This year, conference organizers are coordinating with the Women’s Resource Center to promote Sexual Assault Awareness Week and the Monroe Library to promote awareness of environmental issues and conserving resources.

Along with speakers, community action programs and cultural events, there will be an academic component in which selected students present their reflections on the subject of peace. The committee hopes to provide the participants with a rich sense of what peace means, the problems that prevent society from getting there and a call to action.

“We have encouraged individual or collective papers or projects from any discipline, which may include but is not limited to, peace and conflict as understood through ethics, literature, philosophy, environmental studies, women's studies, political science, sociology, history, and the media,” said Behrooz Moazami, Ph.D., assistant professor of history and conference adviser.

Conference schedule:

Monday, April 4

  • 12 p.m., “Soup and Substance Discussion on Sexual Assault,” Women’s Resource Center, Mercy Hall, Room 103
  • 6 p.m., “$pend my Birthday,” an Loyola Interactive Theatre Ensemble performance about differences in socio-economic status at Loyola, Satchmo’s, lower level, Danna Student Center
  • 7:30 p.m., “Art, Community and Non-Violence,” Monroe Hall, Nunemaker Auditorium

Tuesday, April 5

  • 12:30 p.m., Sexual Assault Advocates follow-up discussion, Women’s Resource Center, Mercy Hall, Room 103
  • 4 p.m., Student Panel 1: “Ethical Issues vs. U.S. State Policy,” Danna Student Center, Octavia I and II
    • "Torture: A Perverse Temptation,” Rachel Sayers, political science junior from Katy, Texas
    • “Capital Punishment: International Opinion and U.S. Justice,” Daniel Quick, history junior from Columbia, Mo.
    • "Military Spending in a Post-Keynesian Era," Margaret Liederbach, economics sophomore from Petoskey, Mich.
  • 5:30 p.m., “West African Voices: Story and Song,” a night of fiction, music and dance with Sefi Atta, award-winning Nigerian novelist, and Grammy-nominated Morikeba Kouyate and his band Kora Konnection, Danna Student Center, Audubon Room

Wednesday, April 6

  • 4 p.m., Student Panel 2, “Revolution and Social Change,” Danna Student Center, Octavia I and II
    • "Covert Foreign Policy: The 1953 Iranian Coup,” Sean Meleen, history senior from Thibodaux, La.
    • "Modern Revolution: Implications of Social Media on Popular Change," Jack Donovan, history junior from Brooklyn, N.Y., and Keaton Postler, English junior from Tampa, Fla.
    • "Tunisia and Egypt: The New Face of the Middle East," Farah Benslimane, political science senior from Metairie, La., and Haley Saucier, general studies junior from Ponchatoula, La.
  • 5:30 p.m., Student Panel 3, “Nationalism, Literature, and Individual Identity,” Danna Student Center, Octavia I and II
    • "In Iran, We Have No Feminists: Themes of Agency and Homelessness in Post-1979 Iranian Women's Literature,” Jennifer Hunt, history senior from Slidell, La.
    • "Poetry: A Vehicle for Catharsis and Change for Israelis and Palestinians," Anna Mueller, psychology junior from St. Louis, Mo.
    • "Revisiting Revionism: A Study in Israeli Nationalism," Matthew Portnoy, economics sophomore from Montclair, N.J.
  • 7:30 p.m., Author Danny Postel, “The People Reloaded: Iran's Resilient Rebellion, Global Solidarity, and the Struggle for the Future,” Miller Hall, Room 114

Thursday, April 7:

  • 12:30 p.m., Peace Concert and Free the Slaves benefit event, Peace Quad
  • 4 p.m., Student Panel 4, “Justice, Ethics, and Education,” Audubon Room, Danna Student Center
    • “Sex Trafficking: the History, the Industry, and the Future,” Loyola University Sociology Student Organization
    • “The Impact of Federal Government: Actions on Public School Integration since Brown vs. Board,” Max Ciolino, sociology senior from New Orleans, La.
    • “The Economics of Immigration and Catholic Social Teaching,” Bridget Kratz, economics junior from Tampa, Fla.
  • 5:15 p.m. “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes,” Tulane University - register online at wellness.tulane.edu
  • 6:30 p.m., Interfaith Passover Seder, Danna Student Center, St. Charles Room

Sunday, April 10:

  • 9:30 a.m., Metropolitan Center for Women and Children Service Project Join Loyola’s Jewish and Muslim Student Associations in service at the Metropolitan Center for Women and Children in honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Week. Carpooling provided. RSVP by email at peacecon@loyno.edu

The Student Peace Conference is made possible by Middle East Peace Studies Program, the College of Humanities and Natural Sciences, the Women’s Resource Center, the Department of Theatre Arts and Dance, the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, and Loyola Mission and Ministry.

For more information, please visit http://chn.loyno.edu/student-peace-conference or e-mailpeacecon@loyno.edu. Updates can also be found through the conference’s Facebook page, “Loyola Student Peace Conference.”

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