Conferences And Symposia

In the spirit of sharing and learning, our conferences bring together large groups of students, academics, and practitioners to explore approaches to applied peacemaking, present on innovative research, and engage in analysis of social movements.

Past Peacemaking Conferences and Symposia at Marquette

Nonviolent Peacemaking: Responding to the Call of Christ (April 2017)  

On Friday, April 7, 2017, the Marquette University Center for Peacemaking hosted a one-day interdisciplinary symposium that allowed students, faculty, and the wider community to take part in an ongoing international dialogue about the Catholic Church’s approach to peacemaking and nonviolence.

In April of 2016, The Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace and Pax Christi International hosted a conference at The Vatican titled “Nonviolence and Just Peace: Contributing to the Catholic Understanding of and Commitment to Nonviolence.” The campus-wide interdisciplinary symposium was planned as a continuation of this international conference and dialogue.

The symposium featured experts on nonviolence as well as Marquette student and faculty presenters.

The Catholic Church and Nonviolence | Dr. Ken Butigan

Peacemakers from violent situations around the world convened at a conference in Rome, setting the stage for Pope Francis’ World Day of Peace message “Nonviolence – A Style of Politics for Peace.” Butigan is co-organizer of the Rome conference and Strategist for Pace e Bene and Campaign Nonviolence.

Why Civil Resistance Works | Dr. Maria Stephan

Nonviolent civil resistance has been the most effective strategy for achieving change across the globe over the past century. Stephan is a co-author of Why Civil Resistance Works: The Strategic Logic of Nonviolent Conflict and Senior Policy Fellow at the United States Institute of Peace (USIP).

Jesus and Nonviolence | Dr. Terry Rynne

Nonviolence is a tradition deeply rooted in the gospels and practiced in the life and example of Jesus. Rynne is the author of Gandhi and Jesus: The Saving Power of Nonviolence and Jesus Christ, Peacemaker: A New Theology of Peace, co-founder of the Marquette University Center for Peacemaking.

Interrupting Conflict and Building Peace | Mel Duncan

Nonviolent Peaceforce (NP) works with communities around the globe to prevent, reduce, and stop violence using unarmed civilian protection. Duncan is co-founder of Nonviolent Peaceforce, an organization with Special Consultative Status to the United Nations and 2016 Nobel Peace Prize nominee.

Peacemaking and Nonviolence in the World Religions (October 2013)  

This one-day interfaith symposium on nonviolence in the world religions explored traditions of peacemaking, nonviolence, forgiveness, and justice in seven major religions.

The presenters each delivered a keynote address and contributed to interfaith dialogue throughout the day. The topics covered ranged from foundational teachings and scriptures, to seminal figures in the development of the traditions, to historical and contemporary communities of faith-based peacemakers, and to personal experiences as an activist and practitioner of a faith.

Each of the presentations were developed into chapters in a seminal textbook, Peacemaking and the Challenge of Violence in World Religions.

The presenters and authors include:

Dr. Eleanor Rosch of UC Berkeley on the Buddhist Tradition
Dr. Michael Duffey of Marquette University on the Christian Tradition
Dr. Sin Yee Chan of the University of Vermont on the Confucian Tradition
Dr. Kalpana Mohanty of the Gandhigram Rural Institute on the Hindu Tradition
Dr. Irfan Omar of Marquette University on the Islamic Tradition
Dr. Joshua Ezra Burns of Marquette University on the Jewish Tradition
Dr. Tink Tinker of the Illiff School of Theology in the Native American Traditions

We are grateful for the contributions of the Office of the Associate Provost for Diversity and Inclusion, the Edward D. Simmons Religious Commitment Fund, the Peace Studies Major, and the U.S. Institute of Peace.

Negotiating in a Polarized Society, the 26th annual conference of the Wisconsin Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies (March 2012)

Exploring the Power of Nonviolence, the 8th annual conference of the Peace and Justice Studies Association (October 2009)