Notre Dame Student Peace Conference

Peace Con 2016

The annual Notre Dame Student Peace Conference, which takes place during the spring semester, attracts undergraduate and graduate students from across the U.S. and abroad who want to change the world and who are committed to rigorous, multi-disciplinary academic work on peacebuilding. Students present original research and showcase innovative peacebuilding practices.  

Recent student peace conferences:  

2021 Virtual Conference: "Beyond the Surface: Moving the Needle on Global Peace"

Our world today is plagued by an overwhelming number of issues: climate change, racial injustice, civil unrest, gender-based violence, health crises, and many more. In recent months, we witnessed a great awakening of hearts and minds across the globe in response to many of these issues. The conference explored the duty of peace studies scholars and practitioners to take action and respond to the most pressing challenges of our time.

Keynote Speaker: John Paul Lederach, Professor Emeritus of International Peacebuilding at the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies

Keynote Speaker: Bridget Moix, U.S. Executive Director of Peace Direct

2020 "2020 Visions: Where do we go from here?"

In March, in response to the spread of COVID-19 in the United States, the University of Notre Dame announced the decision to suspend all in-person classes and highly recommended against hosting University-sponsored events that convene a high number of individuals through April 13. This included the Notre Dame Student Peace Conference.

2019 "Expanding Circles: Peace in a Polarized Age?"

In the world today, we see an increase in displaced peoples, rising global powers, mass shootings, political divisiveness, and organized protests. The conference explored what inclusive approaches to peacebuilding look like in today’s divided social, political, and international systems. 

Keynote Speaker: Delaney Tarr, Founding Member of March For Our Lives

2018, "Toward Justpeace: Exploring the Intersections of Justice and Peace"

Conference attendees sought understanding of how themes of justice can heal hurts of the past, promote positive peace in the present, and guide actions in the future. Discussing how the principles of justice and peace interact with each other is pertinent for conversations about conflict and violence in communities and societies around the world, as well as in the United States.

Keynote Speaker: Alexis Templetona 24-year-old activist known for her protest work during the 2014 Ferguson Uprising

2017, "Pathways to Peace"

This conference sought to challenge existing misperceptions of peace and peacebuilding as idealistic by highlighting the specific building blocks and strategic actions that make creating pathways to peace possible.

2016, "Members of the Mosaic"

Participants in this conference explored the diversity of unique perspectives and experiences that each person or group brings to the process of peacebuilding and discussed how the relationships between these contributors form a unified mosaic of approaches necessary to confront modern day issues.

2015, "Persisting Challenges, New Frontiers"

This conference examined longstanding challenges to peace, such as nuclear weapons, along with more recent threats such as the rise of religious fundamentalism and environmental crises.

2014, "Building Peace: Integrating Two Decades of Progress"

Student participants addressed post-Cold War peacebuilding efforts and explored how those efforts can inform future peacebuilding strategies.

2013, "Fusion: Where Theory and Practive Meet"

This conference explored the integration of peacebuilding theory and practice, addressing how these complementary aspects of peacebuilding enrich one other.

2012, "Strategies of Peace: Transforming Conflict in a Modern World"

Student participants focused on strategic peacebuilding, the Kroc Institute's pioneering approach to peace, examining how processes at local and global levels can foster peace.

2011, “Partnering for Peace”

This conference highlighted how individuals and organizations collaborate to promote peace through civil society, education of youth, empowerment of women, and partnerships.