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Student Peace Conference features noted scholar on revolution and terrorism

April 13, 2012

Jeff Goodwin

Loyola University New Orleans will host its fourth annual Student Peace Conference, an interdisciplinary summit dedicated to global peace, April 16 – 20. This year’s conference features keynote speaker Jeff Goodwin, Ph.D., a noted scholar on social movements, revolution and terrorism, in the lecture, “Understanding Occupy Wall Street.” All events are free and open to the public.

Goodwin, a sociology professor at New York University, is currently chair of the Collective Behavior and Social Movements section of the American Sociological Association. His book, “No Other Way Out: States and Revolutionary Movements,” won the Outstanding Book Prize of the Collective Behavior and Social Movements section of the ASA. He is also the co-editor of “Contention in Context” and “The Social Movements Reader, 2nd ed.”

Peace Week aims to increase awareness and educate the community about the fragile nature of global events through student panel presentations, workshops, concerts, theater productions and lectures from current leaders in the study of peace.

According to Anna Mueller, this year’s event chair, society is too often dragged down by the media's focus on violence, despair and atrocity. “While tragic events do indeed happen, they by no means exclude the possibility of hope, renewal and peace,” Mueller said. “As such, the Fourth Annual Student Peace Conference is Loyola's response to the current trend of community action, social protest and the universal demand for peace.”

Conference schedule (All events are in Audubon Room unless otherwise noted):

Monday, April 16

  • 4 - 5:30 p.m., Panel 1: “Rebellion as a Civil Duty and the Right to Fight the Power”
  • 5:45 - 7:15 p.m., Panel 2: “The Virtual in Action: How Social Media Changed the World”
  • 7:30 - 9 p.m., “Journalist in Tahrir Square,” a lecture by guest speaker Ann Hermes ’03

Tuesday, April 17

  • 12:30 - 2 p.m., LUCAP Art Exhibition, 12th floor of Buddig Hall
  • 3 - 4:30 p.m., Panel 3: LUSSO/SAGE “Gender Issues”
  • 5 - 9:30 p.m., Panel 4: “LGBTQ Issues,” hosted by Brennan Peters (will include a screening of the film “The Bible Tells Me So”)

Wednesday, April 18

  • 4 - 6 p.m., Panel 5: “The Price Tags of War and Peace: Effects of the Economy on Conflict”
  • 7 p.m., Theatre performances directed by Loyola junior James McBride and assistant theatre professor, Laura Hope, Ph.D., Nunemaker Auditorium

Thursday, April 19:

  • 12:30 - 1:30 p.m., Student Peace Concert in the Peace Quad
  • 3 - 4:30 p.m., Panel 6: “Language and the Social Construction of Reality”
  • 4:30 - 6:30 p.m., Panel 7: “The Psychology of Oppression”
  • 7 p.m., “Understanding Occupy Wall Street,” keynote address by Jeff Goodwin, Ph.D., Nunemaker Auditorium

Friday, April 20:

  • 3:30 p.m. - 5 p.m., Faculty and Staff Panel: “First Do No Harm: Responsible Activism, Good Intentions and Bad Results”
  • 7 p.m., “Vagina Monologues,” Nunemaker Auditorium
  • 8 p.m., Possible showing of documentaries on Palestine
  • 9 p.m. - 1 a.m., Free the Slaves Dance Fundraiser

The Student Peace Conference is sponsored by the College of Humanities and Natural Sciences, Loyola University Sociology Student Organization, Free the Slaves Loyola, the Department of Theatre Arts and Dance, Middle East Peace Studies, Project Nur, Student Advocates for Gender Equality, Loyola University Community Action Program and the Women’s Resource Center.

For more information, please visit http://chn.loyno.edu/history/4th-annual-student-peace-conference or e-mail Mueller at acmuelle@loyno.edu.

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