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Students give peace a chance

Loyola press release - April 9, 2010

The Student Coordinating Committee for World Peace at Loyola University New Orleans will host its second annual Student Peace Conference, an interdisciplinary summit dedicated to global peace, April 12 – 16.

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. A “What is Peace?” video will play continuously during the week of the conference in the One Loyola room, located on the main level of the Danna Student Center next to the University Bookstore. The video will feature interviews with different members of the Loyola University community.

Additionally, there will be activities promoting Sexual Assault Awareness Week with the Women’s Resource Center. A station will be set up for attendees to write messages on T-shirts, which will then be hung on clotheslines in the Danna Student Center. SAAW at Loyola is co-sponsored by the University Counseling Center and theOffice of Co-Curricular Programs with student participation from the Pan-Hellenic Council and the Women’s Initiatives Organization.

Student organizers are also working with Deborah Poole, associate dean for public services in the J. Edgar and Louise S. Monroe Library on an origami project. The Loyola community will be urged to make 1,000 origami cranes by recycling the library’s paper to promote awareness of environmental issues.

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 Roger White, committee adviser, at rwhite@loyno.edu.

The schedule of events is as follows:

Monday, April 12

Presentations:

· “Education in New Orleans,” presented by Loyola University Sociology Student Organization – 4:30, St. Charles Room, Danna Student Center

· “NeoLiberalism in the Developing World,” Dario El-Badry – 4 p.m., St. Charles Room, Danna Student Center

Student Panels: 6-7:30 p.m., St. Charles Room, Danna Student Center

· “Women and Peacemaking in the Middle East,” Christian Edlagan and Allison Derrick

· “Palestine: Tradition, Terror and Triumph,” Pierce Kirkpatrick

· “My Most intimate Friend: Women’s Self-Perception in Pre- and Post-Revolutionary Iran,” Jennifer Hunt

Tuesday, April 13

· Peace Concert, 12:30-1:45 p.m., Peace Quad (St. Charles Room in the Danna Student Center is rain site)

· Peace Quad Sexual Assault Awareness Week Info Giveaway, 12:30-2 p.m., Danna Student Center

Student Panels: 6-7:30 p.m., St. Charles Room, Danna Student Center

· “The Case for Binationalism,” Jon Trout

· “The Arab Question of WWI,” B. Warren Oliver

· “The Armenian Genocide: The United States’ International Response,” Molly Harrell

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

· SAAW “Soup and Substance,” with Dr. Emily Russell, assistant professor of psychology, 12:30 p.m., The Mushroom in Buddig Hall

Student Panels

3:55-5:30 p.m., Octavia Room 1, Danna Student Center

· Opening Remarks, Dean Jo Ann Cruz

· “’An Ideal for Which I am Prepared to Die’: Examining the South African Revolution,” Bridget Kratz

· “Reviving Rwanda: Reform in a Post-Genocidal State,” Emily Heiser

· “Contemporary Security Council: A Goal for Regional Representation,” Jason Shah

6-7:30 p.m., Octavia Room 1, Danna Student Center

· "George Orwell: A Secular Saint’s Exploration of Violence,” Kathleen Murphy

· “Don’t Shoot, You Can’t kill Ideas: The Revolution of Srdja Popvich’s Strategic Nonviolent Movement,” Melisa Balos

· "Practical Peace: Applying Multifaceted and Challenging Theories of Love and Harmony to Your Daily Life,” Maria Rossi

Thursday, April 15

· The Vagina Monologues, 5 p.m., Marquette Theatre

· Faculty Panel on Global Peace, 7 p.m., Bobet Hall, Room 332; Dr. Katherine Fidler, assistant professor of history; Dr. Alvaro B. Alcazar,director of Urban Partners, Twomey Center for Peace Through Justice; and Dr. Bernard Cook, professor of history

Friday, April 16

· Walk to End Sexual Violence, 12:30-1:30 p.m., Catholic Charities, 1000 Howard Ave. Students interested in carpooling should gather at the horseshoe at 11:30 a.m. To sign up, email peacecon@loyno.edu.