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Loyola University New Orleans Presents the Ninth Annual Student Peace Conference

Loyola press release - March 31, 2017

Keynote Speaker to Discuss the Future of Jerusalem

Next week, students at Loyola University New Orleans will host the university’s Ninth Annual Student Peace Conference, an opportunity for students, faculty, and visitors to further community discussion about hope, renewal and global peace.

The annual peace conference organized by Loyola’s students includes a keynote speaker, interactive lectures, panel discussions, student presentations, film screening and the Syria and Beyond Refugee Benefit. This fundraising gala will feature international music. This year’s conference runs from Monday through Friday, April 3-7, at Loyola’s main campus, 6363 St. Charles Ave. All are welcome to attend. Headlining this year’s conference is keynote speaker Nadim Shehadi presenting “Jerusalem: Looking Beyond the 20th Century” from 7 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, April 6, in Miller Hall, Room 114. The event will also livestreamed at youtube.com/iggyvision/live.

Nadim Shehadi is director of the Fares Center for Eastern Mediterranean Studies at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. He is also an associate fellow of the Middle East and North Africa Programme at Chatham House in London. He serves as a member of the Middle East Strategy Task Force at the Atlantic Council in Washington D.C. and as a Member of the Advisory Council of the Center for Religion and Global Affairs, in London.

“Jerusalem is an international city and belongs to all. It is impossible to look for peace or lessening of tension in the Middle East without discussing the future of Jerusalem,” said Distinguished Professor of History Behrooz Moazami. “The road to world peace goes through internationalization of Jerusalem. With this talk, we hope to lay some foundations for an international conference on the future of Jerusalem."
Throughout the conference, students will showcase their work on issues related to displaced migrants, images of resistance, toxic masculinity and gender survival, environmental justice, climate change, peace in the Middle East and cognitive dissonance.

“The Student Peace Conference invites students from all over the Louisiana area to present their artwork, papers, films, and academic endeavors on topics of peace, social justice, and resistance,” said Thanh Mai, junior triple major in philosophy, history and political science and the conference organizer. “The conference offers an opportunity for different organizations to meet students and faculty to engage in an ongoing dialogue on issues relating to peace and community engagement. Students also have a venue to form long-lasting relationships with activists around the area.”

Click here for a full schedule of events.

Eds: Nadim Shehadi will be available for interview on Thursday, April 6 and Friday, April 7. Please contact the Office of Public Affairs to schedule.