Past Events by Year:

2011-2012 | 2010-11 | 2009-10 | 2008-09 | 2007-08

Negotiating in Polarized Society: a Student Conference

Friday, March 30, 2012 | 11:15 a.m. | AMU 227

Students from all disciplines are invited to send in submissions the student conference. on the theme: Negotiating in a Polarized Society Submissions dealing with the challenges of peacemaking will be considered, possible topics include: Haves and have nots, Left and right, Religious and secular, Restorative and retributive justice, State and non-state terrorism Absolute nonviolence vs. just war, Wealth and Poverty Analysis of seemingly intractable conflicts, Self and Structural transformation, Peace and war, Gender, ethnic, racial, and religious conflict International legal and political institutions.

Sara Terry, Filmmaker and former correspondent for the Christian Science Monitor & Libby Hoffman, International peacemaker and founder of Peace Discovery Initiative and Catalyst for Peace will deliver the the keynote address.

Fambul Tok Film Screening and Talk Back

Thursday, March 29, 2012 | 7:30-9:00 p.m.| AMU 163

This year's Peacemaker in Residence is Sara Terry, filmmaker and former correspondent for the Christian Science Monitor.

Sara will host a screening and discussion of Fambul Tok, her new, award-winning documentary. In Fambul Tok, victims and perpetrators of Sierra Leone's brutal civil war come together for the first time since the conflict to commit an act that is as astonishing as it is simple: they forgive one another.

Reviving an ancient, traditional practice called fambul tok ("family talk"), the Sierra Leonean communities portrayed in Fambul Tok build sustainable peace at the grass-roots level, succeeding where international efforts have failed.

Making a Living, Making a Difference: An Evening with Bill & Terry Szymczak

Thursday, March 1, 2012 | 4:00-5:30 p.m. | AMU Ballroom A

Can you make a living making peace? Come learn about the peacemaking and the nonprofit sectors. Discuss with professionals the skills and paths to building a career that contributes to the common good.

The evening will feature Bill & Terry Szymczak delivering a keynote describing how they used their managerial experience and financial expertise to rehabilitate and permanently preserve existing affordable housing for those most affected by the housing crisis: the elderly, new families, and very low-income wage earners through their organizations: Preservation Partners and Cornucopia Services.

The Szymczak’s address will be followed by a resource fair where representatives from the private and the nonprofit sectors will discuss with students the opportunities in local, national and international work that serves the public good as well as learn about internships and job opportunities.

School of the Americas Vigil

November 17-21, 2011 | Columbus, Georgia

The U.S. Army School of the Americas (SOA), now known as the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation (WHINSEC) has trained over 64,000 Latin American soldiers. Graduates of the school have been consistently linked to human rights violations including the assassination of 6 Jesuit priests and to the suppression of popular movements in the Americas.

Students and staff of the Center for Peacemaking (CFP) will be in Columbus, Georgia to join with thousands of other peacemakers for the Vigil and the Nonviolent Direct Action to close the School of the Americas (SOA)/WHINSEC.

The weekend will include a teach-in, nonviolent direct action training, workshops, benefit concert, puppet show, and a vigil at the gate of Ft. Benning. Students and friends of CFP interested in traveling to the School of the Americas/WHINSEC vigil should contact

Rynne Research Presentation and Information Session

Tuesday, November 15 | 5:00-6:30 p.m. | AMU 227

The Marquette University Center for Peacemaking awards two research grants up to $2,500 for Marquette faculty and administrators to advance research on an aspect of nonviolent peacemaking. The awards are intended to fund work for a two-month period during the summer. Applicants are encouraged to submit a research proposal of their choice or a topic in one of the Center's research areas.

Professor Dawne Moon will discuss her research on people's experiences of Jewish-Palestinian dialogue. Projects known as dialogue build on the common ground between members of historically adversarial groups to help overcome vicious cycles of retaliation. They do so, ideally, by helping people to relate, in Martin Buber's sense of the term, to those they perceive as Other, and thus to transform, through interaction, how they define themselves. However, efforts at peacemaking may be hindered when participants fail to acknowledge inequalities in power and resources; some have even gone so far as to call such efforts "immoral." The current research thus explores the role of acknowledgement in efforts to build peace or perpetuate violence

Professor Alexandra Crampton will discuss promising and perplexing results from ongoing study of the Milwaukee County Family Court mediation program. Mediation was developed to help disputing parties peacefully reach resolution through the help of a neutral facilitator. Court based mediation programs are intended to put decision-making power back into the hands of parties, away from lawyers hired to fight and judges appointed to impose final decisions. However, critics have questioned whether any mediation program that is embedded within court systems can truly offer an improved means of reaching peace. The mediation program in this study focuses on resolving parental conflict over child custody and placement decisions.

Student Peacemaking Fellowships

Wednesday, October 12 | 7:00 p.m. | AMU 163

Each year the Center for Peacemaking awards nearly $16,000 in Szymczak Peacemaking Fellowships. These $200 to $2,000 grants allow Marquette students to actively work for peace and explore nonviolence. At the end of their experience, the peacemakers present their discoveries to the community and invite students to apply for their own fellowships.

Past peacemaking fellows have:

  • established a virtual community between students in South African segregated townships with Milwaukee’s inner-city students,
  • examined how nonviolence is being used to transform the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
  • worked to alleviate interethnic tensions and HIV stigma in Voi Kenya by establishing a peacemaking library and creating discussions groups for orphans to work nonviolently through their struggles.

Join us to learn about the work of the 2010-2011 Szymczak Peacemaking Fellows and how to become a 2011-2012 fellow.

Fall Retreat

Saturday, September 17 | 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. | Chapel of the Holy Family

Original Christianity, for about 300 years after the life of Christ, forbade the use of violence and enmity. This retreat led by Rev. Charlie McCarthy and John Carmody provides what many have called a life-changing experience of the Nonviolent Jesus of the Gospels. It addresses our struggles to transform our lives and our world by living Christ’s example and message of universal love and kindness in all our relationships. It shows us how we can effect peace in our families, communities, workplace, political structures and the world by confronting with love those forces within that undermine the innate capacity for care and compassion with which we are all imbued. Come join us.

Rev. Emmanuel Charles McCarthy is the founder and the original director of The Program for the Study and Practice of Nonviolent Conflict Resolution at the University of Notre Dame. He is a co-founder, along with Dorothy Day and others, of Pax Christi-USA. He was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize for his life’s work on behalf of peace within people and among people.

John Carmody is currently director of the Center for Christian Nonviolence in Wilmington, DE. He served as a Marine Platoon Commander and Company Executive Officer in Vietnam in '67 and '68 where he was awarded a Silver Star and two Purple Hearts. He left the Marine Corps as a captain in 1970 to pursue a career in teaching and later worked for DuPont Pharmaceuticals.