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Peace and Justice

Past Events


The Border Crisis: A Panel Discussion

Thursday October 10, 2019

A panel of leading experts will address the moral, legal, and historical dimensions of the current immigration crisis at the U.S./Mexican border. Panelists include: Michelle Mendez, director of the Defending Vulnerable Populations section of the Catholic Legal Immigration Network; Dr. Dario Euraque, Professor of History and International Studies at Trinity College; and Maureen Sweeney, director of the Immigration Clinic at the University of Maryland Carey School of Law.

Co-sponsored by Latin American and Latino Studies

Combatants for Peace: Working Together for Peace in Israel/Palestine - A talk by Suliman Khatib and Tuly FlintSuliman Khatib Portrait

Thursday, November 7, 2019

Combatants for Peace (CFP) is a movement made up of Palestinians and Israelis who have taken an active part in the cycle of violence in Israel/Palestine, and now collectively advocate for a just peace through nonviolent means. Their mission is “to build the social infrastructure necessary for ending the conflict and the occupation.” Through joint marches, alternative Memorial Day ceremonies, educational events, and joint efforts to address the problems facing local Palestinian communities as a result of occupation, they seek to demonstrate that there is another wayTuly Flint Portrait to be together, and that peace is possible. Suliman Khatib and Tuly Flint will share their personal stories as well as talk about the movement, its goals and activities, and the challenges they face.

Co-sponsored by Messina, the Department of Sociology, and Global Studies

Careers in Peace and Justice - A talk by David Smith

Thursday, January 30, 2020David Smith Portrait

David Smith, author of Peace Jobs: A Student’s Guide to Starting a Career Working for Peace, is a career coach, educational consultant, and trainer as well as the president of the Forage Center for Peace building and Humanitarian Education. He will speak about how to pursue a fulfilling career path promoting peace and justice.

Creating Capacity for Diverse Cultures to Connect: Understanding the Dynamics - A talk by Frank Eastham

Monday, March 16, 2020Headshot of Frank Eastham

Frank Eastham is the current Chief Operating Officer at Bridgeway Community Church, a non-denominational and multicultural Christian church in Columbia, Maryland. He is the former  Executive Director of School improvement in Howard County Public Schools and a member of the Human Rights Commission. He will speak about the importance of building connections among diverse cultures. 


Howard Zehr

The Call to Service: A Restorative Vision to Sustain UsHoward Zehr presenting at the podium with a screen behind him

October 11, 2018

Widely known as "the grandfather of restorative justice," Howard Zehr is a Distinguished Professor of Restorative Justice at Eastern Mennonite University's Center for Justice and Peacebuilding.

Co-sponsored by Campus Ministry, CCSJ, and Messina

William Julius Wilson

Race Relations in the Age of TrumpDr. Wilson at the podium

November 13, 2018

William Julius Wilson, renowned sociologist and the Lewis P. and Linda L. Geyser University Professor at Harvard University, addressed the structural roots of urban poverty and current race relations. 

Co-sponsored by Messina, CCSJ, with financial support from the President's Office

A.E. Stallings

Bearing Witness to Europe's Refugee Crisis Stallings_standing_at_the_podium_in_front_of_a_screen

February 7, 2019

As an American poet and translator who lives in Greece, A. E. Stallings addressed Europe's refugee crisis and read from her work.

Co-sponsored with the Center for the Humanities, and the Departments of Classics, English, and Writing

Anthony Barsamian

Fighting for Peace and Justice: The Armenian Genocide Case StudyAnthony Barsamian presenting at the podium

April 9, 2019

Anthony Barsamian, co-chair of the Armenian Assembly of America, addressed the Armenian genocide and the struggle for recognition and justice.


Erricka Bridgeford & Ellen Gee

Baltimore Ceasefire AudioStudents on the quad stand in solidarity with the Baltimore Ceasefire initiative

September 21, 2017

Errika Bridgeford and Ellen Gee, co-founders of the Baltimore Ceasefire, spoke about their efforts to reduce gun violence in the city. Peace and Justice studies stands in solidarity Baltimore Ceasefire. A visual representation of this was displayed on the quad by the Peace and Justice Studies Club. 

Archbishop John Barwa, Archdiocese of Cuttack, Bhubaneswar, India

Religious Persecution and Peacebuilding in IndiaBarwa posing for a picture with students

October 3, 2017

Co-sponsored with Catholic Studies

Gimena Sanchez-Garzoli, Washington Office on Latin America

No Justice, No Peace? The Future of the Justice Pillar in the Colombian Peace AccordsGarzoli presenting at the podium

January 24, 2018

Co-sponsored with Latin American and Latino Studies

Bryan Stevenson

American Injustice: Mercy Humanity, and Making a DifferenceBryan Stevenson signs a copy of his book 'Just Mercy' for Loyola students

March 19, 2018

Activist attorney and author of Just Mercy, Bryan Stevenson spoke with the Loyola Community about his "dedication to defending the poor, the wrongly condemned, and those trapped in the furthest reaches of our criminal justice system."

Co-sponsored with Messina and Mission Integration

Sister Helen Prejean:

Dead Man Walking: The Journey ContinuesPrejean standing at lectern

March 26, 2018

Co-sponsored by the Office of the President, Messina, Catholic Studies, Office of Mission Integration, CCSJ, Campus Ministry and the Loyola-Notre Dame Library



Dr. Aisling Swaine, The Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington UniversitySwaine presenting in front of a packed audience in the Loyola community

Conflict Related Violence Against Women: Identifying Connections and Distinctions

September 22, 2016

The Freddie Gray Cases: A Panel Discussion on the State of Criminal Justice in BaltimorePhoto of a Mural featuring Freddie Gray

October 4, 2016

Panelists included David Jaros (University of Baltimore Law School), Dorcas Gilmore (Baltimore Legal Action Team), and Michael Pinard (University of Maryland Law School)

Bassam Tariq

Muslim AmericaHeadshot of Bassam

October 20, 2016

Bassam Tariq, TED fellow and director of Sundance documentary film These Birds Walk

Arun Gandhi

Lessons Learned from My Grandfather: Nonviolence in a Violent WorldArun Gandhi posing for a picture with students and faculty

February 2, 2017

Arun Gandhi, grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, spoke to the Loyola Community about his grandfather's teachings, which focused on using anger to promote constructive action rather than violence.