Annual Peace Studies Conferences



27th Annual CSB/SJU Peace Studies Conference

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Gorecki 204, CSB, 1:00 PM - 9:00PM

1:00-2:30         Opening Address: Mel Duncan

 Mel Duncan  is the founding Executive Director of Nonviolent Peaceforce   (NP), a nongovernmental organization created to promote, develop and implement unarmed civilian peacekeeping as a tool for reducing violence and protecting civilians in situations of violent conflict.


3:00-4:45         Film: "Little Town of Bethlehem"

 This award-winning documentary captures the story of three men born into violence who now risk everything to find a path to peace through non-violent resistance. Sami is a Palestinian Christian, Ahmad a Palestinian Muslim, and Yonatan an Israeli Jew. Inspired by Martin Luther King Jr. and Mahatma Gandhi, each learned that peace is possible when adversaries discover the humanity in one another. This film offers a model for conflict resolution that reaches far beyond the Holy Land. Winner of the 2011 Reel Rose (Pope John Paul II Film Festival) and Best Oklahoma Film (deadCENTER Film Festival) awards.


7:00-9:00         Keynote Address: Dr. Erica Chenoweth

 Dr. Erica Chenoweth's groundbreaking work promoting the empirical study of civil resistance has already won her numerous awards, leading Foreign Policy magazine to name her one of its "Top 100 Global Thinkers for 2013". As an expert on terrorism, she set out with her colleague Maria Stephan (an expert on nonviolence) to study the relative effectiveness of both violent and nonviolent movements. They built a database including over 300 movements from 1900 - 2006, and when they crunched the numbers, they told a surprising tale. They report the details of their findings in their award-winning book, Why Civil Resistance Works Why Civil Resistance Works . For a preview, watch her TEDx Talk (12 ½ minutes long) here:




Past Conferences

Fall 2013

Acting on Faith: Nonviolence and the Struggle for Interracial Justice, Then and Now

October 14, 2013


Fall 2012
Challenges Facing Africans Today

September 17, 2012

Fall 2011
Toward a More Sociable World: The Struggle Against the Death Penalty and the Legitimation of Violence

September 19, 2011

Fall 2010
Justice, Peace, and Environmental Sustainability

September 27-27, 2010

Fall 2009
Have we Overcome? Race and Racism in the Age of Obama.
September 28, 2009

Fall 2008
Educating for Peace and Justice: From Minneapolis-St. Paul to Johannesburg.
September 22, 2008

Fall 2007
A Conference Exploring the Connections Between Peace and the Fine Arts.
September 17, 2007

Fall 2006
Islam and Peace: Exploring peace, war, nonviolence, and peacebuilding in the Islamic tradition.
September 18, 2006

Fall 2005
Against Forgetting: The Legacy of the Vietnam War for People and Politics
September 26, 2005

Fall 2004
The Peaceful Sex? Women and Peace in the 21st Century
September 20, 2004

Fall 2003
A Call to Build Peace and Justice
September 29, 2003

January 2003
Through the Eyes of a Child: War, Peace, and Reconciliation
January 21, 2003

Fall 2001
Democracy, Development and Human Rights in Kenya
September 24, 2001

Fall 2000
Healing Hands: Medicine and the Quest for Peace and Justice
September 24, 2000

Fall 1999
Nowhere Else to Go: Local, Regional, and Global Dimensions of Homelessness
October 19, 1999


Fall 1998

"Media and Violence"

Dr. Joanne Cantor and Mr. Colman McCarthy

October 5, 1998


Fall 1997

"Crime and Punishment: Retribution or Redemption"

Mr. Kenneth Schoen and Dr. Donald Cabana

October 6, 1997


Fall 1996

"From Rage to Renewal:  Seeking Urban Peace"

Nancy Hartevelt Kobrin and Fr. Gregory Boyle

October 7, 1996


Fall 1995

"United Nations: The Past and Future"

Dr. Hrach Gregorian

September 25, 1995


Fall 1994


Professor Ron Walters and Mahmoud El-Kati

October 17, 1994


Fall 1993

"Women and Development"

V. Spike Peterson and Vanessa Castro

September 27, 1993


Fall 1992

"Order and Disorder: Implications for Violence and Nonviolence"

Dr. Richard Falk

September 28, 1992


Spring 1992

"Environmental Dimensions of the Arms Race and Disarmament" 

Mr. Michael Renner

April 4, 1992