The University of Notre Dames Joan B. Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies will celebrate its 20 th anniversary with several events beginning this weekend, including an academic conference on peacebuilding, the inauguration a professorship in peace studies, and a Mass for peace. **
At11 a.m.Saturday (Nov.4) in the Annenberg Auditorium of theSniteMuseum, there will be a panel discussion onThe Role of Religion in Peacebuilding.Panelists include R. Scott Appleby, Professor of History, John M. Regan Jr. Director of the Kroc Institute; and John Paul Lederach and A. Rashied Omar, both fellows in the Kroc Institute.
A Mass for peace will be celebrated10 a.m.Sunday (Nov.5) in the Basilica of the Sacred Heart.Notre Dames president, Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., will preside.
At12:30 p.m.Sunday in the Snite Museum of Art, there will be aCrossing Borders for Peacereception.
At 5 p.m. Sunday (Nov. 5) in the auditorium of the Hesburgh Center for International Peace Studies, Peter Wallensteen, Richard G. Starmann Sr. Research Professor of Peace Studies at Notre Dame, will speak onStrategic Peacebuilding: Issues and ActorsWallensteen is the author ofInternational Sanctions: Between Wars and Words;Understanding Conflict Resolution: Peace, War, and the Global System; andMaking Targeted Sanctions Effective.He also has led studies on the means of preventing genocide, international strategies for democracy, and the United Nations post-conflict peacebuilding capacity.
Wallensteens lecture will be the keynote address for a two-day conferenceentitledStrategic Peacebuilding: The State of the Art.The conference is intended to define, explore and develop the concept of strategic peacebuilding, which has always been central to the Kroc Institutes research, education, outreach and policy programs.
Participants in the Strategic Peacebuilding conference will include Jan Eliasson, past president of the United Nations General Assembly and former foreign minister of Sweden; Oana-Cristina Popa, the Romanian ambassador to Croatia; and Raimo Väyrynen, former director of the Kroc Institute and nowpresident of the Academy of Finland.
All of these events are free and open to the public.