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Student Peace Conference

Ninth Annual Student Peace Conference

Loyola University New Orleans will host its annual Student Peace Conference April 3-7, hosting a series of interactive lectures, concerts, dances, film screenings and more designed to keep the community talking about hope, renewal and global peace. 

Download the 2017 Student Peace Conference Schedule


Schedule of Events

Monday, April 3

Images of Resistance: 12:30 - 1:45 p.m.  
Claiborne Room, Danna Student Center

Peace Exhibition by Jasmine Gloria

Effects of Violence in Protest by Thanh Mai

Liberty Art Work by Bryna Loranger

Graffiti as Resistance by Elizabeth Sosnoff

Social Media and Syria by Anne Singer


Displaced Rights: Humanity in the Era of Migration: 4 - 5:15 p.m.
Claiborne Room, Danna Student Center

To Be Displaced: Analysis of the Current Refugee Crisis by Summer Abukhomra, Molly Mulroy, Joseph Sweet

Humanity Rights Violation by Israeli Forces in Palestinian Territories by Katherine Bloomfield

Migrant Workers in the United Arab Emirates by Eli Kemp

Post-Traumatic Stress in Palestinian Children by Fatmeh Ali


Tuesday, April 4

The Autonomy of Revolution and Reform: 12:30 - 1:45 p.m.
Octavia Room, Danna Student Center

Palestine and Israelis by Rula Thabata

Power to the People: The Grassroots Movement for Peace in the Middle East by Gabrielle A. Lysko

Reflections on the Struggle for Justice: Palestine & Ferguson by Sabrine Mohamad

Peace through Strength by Gabriel Gutierrez


Film: 3:30 - 4:45 p.m.
Octavia Room, Danna Student Center

Filmmaker, Tahreh Hadian Jazy, "Seeds of Hope"

This documentary is in Persian, with English subtitles, narrates the political activism of six young Iranian girls from different social and political backgrounds, during and the aftermath of the controversial 2009 election in Iran.


The Ecology of Peace: 6 - 7:15 p.m.
Octavia Room, Danna Student Center

Environmental Studies

Climate Change and the Scarcity of Water (Art Work Exhibition) by Jeremy Sternber

Environmental Art Work by Grace Jinnah

Philosophical Perspectives  on Deep Ecology by Emily Ortiz


Wednesday, April 5

Toxic Masculinity: Gendered Survival: 12:30 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.
Miller Hall 114

Capitalism and Sexuality by Thanh Mai

Standing in the Headlights by Rachel Rivas

Women and Religion by Mallory Dickerson

Women Resource Center with Dr. Patricia Boyett

I am a Woman (Poem) by Ngan Nguyen


Syria and Beyond Refugee Fundraiser: 5:30 - 9:00 p.m.
St. Charles Room, Danna Student Center

This casual event for families, students, and the New Orleans community as a whole celebrates culture and community, all while raising awareness for the millions of displaced people around the world. 

Join us for an evening of cultural performances by Kuwaisiana, Johnny Azari, Aaron Lopez Barrantes, The Irish Sessioners, The Elias Khalaf Band, Ali Reza Payandeh & Afsaneh Ghazavi, and the Genesis Gospel Choir. There will be catering from local Middle Eastern and Mediterranean restaurants, a silent auction, raffle items, henna tattoos, and more.


Thursday, April 6

Cognitive Dissonance in the Creation of Reality: 12:30 – 1:45 p.m.
Octavia Room, Danna Student Center

Intellectual Property in an Egalitarian Society by Thanh Mai

Examining Political Factors that Divide Yemen by Seth Huye

Spatial Language and the Spectacle of Peace in Dubai by Matthew Bertucci

Linguistic Reappropriation as Means of Discursive Disarmament by Tyler Kemp

Keynote Speaker Nadim Shehadi "Jerusalem: Looking beyond the 20th century": 7-9 p.m.
Audubon Room

Nadim Shehadi is the director of the Fares Center for Eastern Mediterranean Studies at Tufts University. He is an associate fellow of the Middle East and North Africa Program at Chatham House (London).

This event is free and open to the public.



Events are sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences, Department of History, Department of Religious Studies, Office of Mission and Ministry, Strength in Diversity Grant, the Women’s Resource Center, Middle East Peace Studies Program, Patrick G. O’ Keefe Distinguished Professorship of History, Students Initiatives for Peace, the Loyola Society for Civic Engagement, and the Muslim Student Association.