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Student Peace Conference

Fifth Annual Student Peace Conference

Loyola University New Orleans students are putting on the annual Student Peace Conference April 8-12, hosting a series of interactive lectures, concerts, dances, film screenings and more designed to keep the community talking about hope, renewal and global peace. There is also an academic component to the conference as students are presenting papers or projects on the subject of peace.
The Student Peace Conference was made possible by the participation and support of the University Honors Program, the College of Humanities and Natural Sciences, the Women’s Resource Center, the Department of Theatre Arts and Dance, the College of Music and Fine Arts, the Student Advocates for Gender Equality, the Loyola Society for Civic Engagement, Loyola’s design association chapter of AIGA, the Affirmative Action and Diversity Committee, Sigma Alpha Kappa and the Middle East Peace Studies Interdisciplinary minor.

For a PDF of the 2013 Student Peace Conference Schedule click here.

2013 Loyola Student Peace Conference agenda:

Monday, April 8
Panel 1 Law and Ethics: 12:30 - 1:45 p.m.  
Audubon Room
Moderated by Sylvester Tan, S.J., assistant professor of Languages and Cultures

  • Loyola student Bridget Kratz - "Economics, Catholic Social Teaching, and Capital Punishment: A Case Study in Compromises"
  • Tulane student Nickolas Merrill - "GPS Monitoring: Only Part of the ‘Scarlet Letter’ Worn by Sex Offenders”
  • Loyola student  Jessica DeBold - “Ethics of Drone Warfare”

Panel 2 Identity and Globalization: 6 - 7:15 p.m.
Audubon Room
Moderated by Kenneth Keulman, Ph.D., professor and chair of the Department of Religious Studies

  • Loyola student Mara Steven - “American UNexceptionalism”
  • Loyola student Christian L. Edlagan - “European Dreaming: An Emerging European Identity and Why the European Union Matters”
  • Loyola student Luisa Batista - “Identity Formation and Social Revolutions”

Tuesday, April 9
Panel 3 Spotlight on the Middle East: 12:30 - 1:45 p.m.
Audubon Room
Moderated by Roger White, Ph.D., associate professor and chair of the Department Chair of Political Science

  • Tulane student Frances Roche - “Civil Society in Guided Democracy: The Co-optation of Women’s Nongovernmental Organization in Jordan”
  • Loyola student Simon Whedbee - “Syria’s Armed Opposition: Tactics, Identity and Role of the Free Syrian Army”
  • Loyola student Olivia Burns - "Wages in the Holy Land: A Look at the Effect of Minimum Wage on the Palestinian People”

Panel 4 Coexistence: 5 - 6:15 p.m.
Audubon Room

  • Loyola student Chad Landrum - “A False Promise of Peace: Why the Idea of Convivencia Does Not Work"
  • Loyola student Caroline Hoffman - “Moroccan Jewry in the 20th Century”
  • Loyola student Allison Derrick - “Bad Neighborhoods: Spillover Effects of Violent Conflict”

The Demolition of the Eiffel Tower: 7 - 8:30 p.m.
St. Charles Room

A rehearsed reading of the play written by Jeton Neziraj and directed by Artemis Preeshl features Loyola students. The reading is made possible in part by Artemis and The Wild Things, the Department of Theatre Arts and Dance, the College of Music and Fine Arts and the Loyola University Diversity Task Force.

Wednesday, April 10
Panel 5 Historical Injustices: 12:30 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.
Audubon Room

  • Loyola student  Sydney Barbier  – “The Power of Memory: Restoration of Identity to the ‘Disappeared’ Culture of Argentina”
  • Loyola student William Finn – “Street Beats of Palestine: Hip-Hop Music as Nonviolent Resistance to Occupation”
  • Bianca Cersosimo  – “21st Century Slavery: An Ethical Issue and its Global Solution”

Panel 7 Revolution Literature: 3 – 4:15 p.m.
Audubon Room
Moderated by Nathan Henne, Ph.D., assistant professor of languages and cultures

•    Loyola student Jordan Harbaugh-Williams – “Dehumaniztion and Otherization in Guatemalan Literature: Is Marxism the Answer?”
•    Loyola student Rebecca J. Moore – “How Language affects Revolution as an Ideological War”
•    Loyola student Patricia Bratcher – “The Western Tradition: Romanticizing the Indigenous and Environmental Destruction”
•    Loyola student Savannah Logan –“The Hierarchy of Subaltern Issues: Ethnicity over Gender”

Film Screening of “Ardeshir Mohasses: The Rebellious Artist” – 7 p.m.
Nunemaker Hall

Free and open to the public, the film “Ardeshir Mohasses: The Rebellious Artist” is directed by Bahman Maghsoudlou and describes Iran's foremost political cartoonist, satirist, painter and illustrator. A Q-and-A session with Loyola assistant professor of history Behrooz Moazami, Ph.D., of the Ardeshir Mohasses Trust, will follow the film.

Thursday, April 11
Panel on “Islamaphobia” – 12:30 – 1:45 p.m.
Audubon Room
Hosted by Loyola Society for Civil Engagement

Panel 6 Spotlight on Domestic Issues: 6 – 7:15 p.m.
Audubon Room

  • Loyola alumnus Keaton Dostler & Loyola student Jasmine Jackson – “The Politics of Sexual Assault for American Indian Women: (Re)examining Title IX of the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013”
  • Loyola student Phuong Tran – “Charter Schools: Boon or Bane for New Orleans Public Education?”
  • Loyola student Mario D. Zavala, Jr. – “Sociological Study of American Attitudes Toward Immigrants”

International Dance Night: 7:30 p.m.
Nunemaker Hall

Junior theatre arts major Gabrielle Landry, junior political science major Jacqueline Joseph and freshman theatre arts major Akeem Biggs, will lead the International Dance Night featuring Afro-Brazilian, Indian, Persian, Polynesian, Russian Gypsy Tahitian and belly dancing.

Friday, April 12
Concert and crawfish boil: 3 – 6 p.m.
Peace Quad

The conference will culminate in a concert showcasing Loyola musicians. Sigma Alpha Kappa will host a crawfish boil alongside the concert stage.

Production of “The Vagina Monologues” - 7 p.m.
Nunemaker Hall

Hosted by Student Advocates for Gender Equality (SAGE)