Conferences

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 at Marquette

Peacemaking and Nonviolence in the World Religions

October 2013

This one-day interfaith symposium on Nonviolence in 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.

Overall this symposium contributed to increasing the understanding of how all faith traditions have the capacity to transform human consciousness and promote peace throughout the world.

The presenters included:

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

Wisconsin Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies 26th Annual Student Conference
March 2012

Students from various disciplines submitted papers for the student conference on the theme of "Negotiating in a Polarized Society." Topics included: 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, and 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 delivered the keynote address.

The Wisconsin Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies (WIPCS) is a unique and vital consortium of private and public colleges and universities dedicated to enriching academic and public discourse on issues of peace and conflict. The Institute is non-partisan and encourages debate and discussion of multiple perspectives, not only of foreign policy issues and global areas of conflict, but also of intercultural communication, gender relations, and environmental sustainability.

Exploring the Power of Nonviolence

Peace and Justice Studies Association Conference
October 2009

More than 350 peacemakers convened for the 2009 Peace and Justice Studies Association (PJSA) annual conference at Marquette University. The conference consisted of 100 concurrent sessions with 150 presenters.

Sr. Helen Prejean, C.S.J. delivered the conference's keynote presentation and was awarded an honorary degree in Theological Studies from Marquette University upon the recommendation of the Center for Peacemaking. She spoke to the audience about her journey from the seminary to being a spiritual advisor for death row inmates to becoming one of the leading advocates to abolish the death penalty. Watch the highlights from Prejean's speech.

The conference also included a live concert with Emma's Revolution, the duo of award-winning, activist-musicians, Pat Humphries & Sandy O.