Student Conference Focuses on Peace Research


More than 100 students from 20 universities across North America gathered at Notre Dame on April 3-4 for the annual Student Peace Conference, sponsored by the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies.

Planned and directed entirely by Notre Dame undergraduate peace studies students, the free conference highlighted undergraduate and graduate research, said Notre Dame senior and conference coordinator Andrew Masak.

“We brought together peace scholarship from many different disciplines: anthropology, political science, history, and sociology,” Masak said. “It was a great way to learn about student research at other universities, and was refreshing to hear so many perspectives.”

The conference featured a keynote address by Lisa Schirch, program director of the 3D Security Initiative and professor of peacebuilding at Eastern Mennonite University.

For nearly 20 years, Notre Dame’s student peace conference has brought together students from the U.S. and abroad who share a spirit of peace, a desire to see a change in the world, and a commitment to research focused on international peace.

View conference photos on the Kroc Institute's Facebook page. 

Contact: Andrew Masak, (608) 234-0670,