The 2020 Notre Dame Student Peace Conference Committee announces this year’s conference theme, “2020 Visions: Where Do We Go From Here?” The conference will take place April 3-4, 2020.
In their description of the theme, conference co-chairs Mitchell Larson (‘21) and Maria Rossi (‘20) wrote, “We selected this year's theme because we wanted to showcase how peace studies, as a discipline, is focused on taking concrete steps to improve the future. Especially since this is a student peace conference, we thought that explicitly discussing solutions to the problems we young people will have to face was important.”
To explore this question, conference organizers are opening a call for proposals and inviting undergraduate and graduate students to submit proposals that engage with the question, “What are the major problems of our age, and more importantly, what is our path toward solving them?” Proposals can suggest presentations of all types, including research papers or posters; presentations on experiential learning; panel discussions; roundtables exploring current issues; workshops or trainings; and artwork, performance or media projects.
The committee welcomes proposals that engage with, but are not limited to, topics such as: climate change, nonviolent resistance, ethnic conflicts, international diplomacy, structural racism, resurgent nationalism, coalition building, nuclear disarmament, gun violence, economic injustice, gendered violence, and policy reform.
Interested students should submit an abstract of their proposed presentation via a submission form on the Student Peace Conference website.
Proposals must be submitted by January 18, 2020, and proposals submitted earlier may be given preference in the review process.
About the Notre Dame Student Peace Conference
The Notre Dame Student Peace Conference is an annual event organized by students for students. The conference is free and open to students from any college or university who want to dialogue on important issues related to peacebuilding, social justice, and conflict transformation. The conference is made possible by a generous gift from Joan B. Kroc.