Students to host peace conference April 1-2

Author: Shannon Chapla


More than 100 undergraduate and graduate students from the University of Notre Dame and some 20 other colleges and universities will participate in the 2005 Undergraduate Peace Conference on campus April 1 and 2 (Friday and Saturday).

TitledCrossing Boundaries in the Name of Peace,the conference is organized by Notre Dame students under the sponsorship of the University’s Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies.

John Paul Lederach, professor of international peacebuilding at Notre Dame, will open the conference with a keynote address at8 p.m.April 1 in theHesburghCenterfor International Studies.Founder of the Conflict Transformation Program at Eastern Mennonite University, Lederach has helped design and conduct training programs in more than 25 countries and is the author of 16 books and manuals on peace education and conflict transformation, including,The Moral Imagination: The Art and Soul of Building Peace.

The conference will continue with presentations, panels and workshops from9 a.m.to5 p.m.April 2 in theHesburghCenter.Topics include religious approaches to peace, weapons of war and peace, theories of war, conflict transformation, paths to peace in Northern Ireland, relationships between the military and non-governmental organizations in conflict zones, struggles of Indias indigenous people, alternate processes of peace and justice, identity crises in the Philippines and Palestine, a multidisciplinary approach to peace in Haiti, and genocide.

Registration for the conference, which is free and open to the public, will take place until March 24 on the Web at , or fromnoonto5 p.m.April 1 at theHesburghCenter.Dinner Friday and lunch Saturday will be provided at no charge to those who register by the March 24 deadline.

* Contact: * _Julie Titone, Kroc Institute, director of communications, 574-631-8819 or _

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