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Students explore global peace

Loyola press release - March 16, 2009

The Student Coordinating Committee for World Peace at Loyola University New Orleans will host the first annual Student Peace Conference, an interdisciplinary summit dedicated to global peace, March 23 – 27.

In an effort to work toward a peaceful and just world for all, this conference will offer students an opportunity to explore the multi-faceted meanings of peace and conflict from a variety of perspectives.

Along with speakers, community action programs and cultural events, there will be an academic component in which selected students will present a paper or project (in any form: artistic, cultural or social) on the subject of peace. The committee hopes to provide students with a rich sense of what peace means, the problems that prevent society from getting there and a call to action.

The conference objectives include:

  • Promote student creativity.
  • Promote student research skills.
  • Encourage students to consider viable solutions to problems of violence and conflict existing in our homes, communities and world.
  • Provide an opportunity for undergraduate research publications.
  • Promote the community leaders that continuously strive for peace

For more information, contact Vice Provost for Academic Programs Roger White, committee adviser, at rwhite@loyno.edu.

The schedule of events is as follows:

Monday, March 23, 2009

3-4 p.m. - Opening Remarks and Reception: Dean Jo Ann M. Cruz, Monroe Library Living Room

4-5:30 p.m. - Paper Presentations, Audubon Room, Danna Student Center:

· Bryan Murphy, “‘His View don’t face that Way. That’s speculation.’ —On What is Meant by Peace”

· Michelle Garcia, “The Importance of Peace in War: A Discussion of the ‘Rules’ of War”

· Alexander Hancock, “The Luxury of Concern: Recognizing Luxury in Academia”

· Moderator: Dr. John P. Clark, professor of philosophy

· Commentator: Jennifer Hunt, student

7 p.m. - Liz McCartney, Satchmo’s, Danna Student Center

· Co-founder of the St. Bernard Project

· CNN Person of the Year

Tues., March 24, 2009

4-5:30 p.m. - Paper Presentations, Seminar Room 4, Monroe Library:

· Hamilton D’Aquilla, “Land and Liberty: The Development of Democracy in Japan.”

· Marie Briard, “Daw Suu Kyi and the Struggle for a Democratic Burma.”

· Amy Triche, “Fishing Wars: Vietnamese Identity in a Time of Conflict”

· Moderator: Dr. Gary Herbert, professor of philosphy

· Commentator: Luke Garcia, student

7 p.m. - Political Drama Student Presentation, Satchmo’s, Danna Student Center

Wed., March 25, 2009

4 - 5:30 p.m. - Paper Presentations, Seminar Room 4, Monroe Library:

· Jalal Al-Sayed, “Is Islam a Peaceful Religion?”

· Don Shaw, “The Social Dynamics of Early Jihad Doctrine.”

· Michael Kammer, “Hatred in the Name of Love.”

· Moderator: Dr. Judith Hunt, associate dean, College of Humanities and Natural Sciences

· Commentator: Nathanael Thacker, student

7 p.m. - Barbara Martinez Jitner, Audubon Room, Danna Student Center

· Expert Speaker on Maquiladoras and femicide

Thurs., March 26, 2009

4 - 5:30 p.m. - Paper Presentation, Seminar Room 4, Monroe Library:

· Parks Kugle, “The Humanity Factor”

· Milton Hernandez, “The Actions of a Few; The Balfour Declaration, as a Socialist Study”

· Luke Garcia and Michelle Garcia, “NATO—Necessary Anti-Terror Organization”

· Moderator: Dr. Roger White, vice provost for academic programs

· Commentator: Jason Straight, student

6 p.m. - Night of Peace, Peace Quad

· 1718 Presentation, “Pieces of Peace: A Movement of Spoken and Written Word”

· Peace Concert, Dr. Jean Montès and Student Orchestra

· Candle Vigil, Charles Anderson and Mothers United for Peace in New Orleans

Fri., March 27, 2009

3:30 - 8 p.m. - MFA Music Fest, Peace Quad

4 -5:30 p.m. - Paper Presentation, Seminar Room 4, Monroe Library:

· Lauren Bennett, “The Pursuit of Equality.”

· Luke Garcia, “Water World: 71%”

· Moderator: Dr. Behrooz Moazami, assistant professor of history

· Commentator Parks Kugle, student

· Closing remarks: Jihan Shami, student, Conference Research Committee Chair

6 -7 p.m. - Interactive Theatre as Activism: Rehearsing and Performing Peace, Satchmo’s, Danna Center

7:30 p.m. – “Trojan Women,” Marquette Theatre, Marquette Hall