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Peace and Justice

Past Events

2020-2021

Policing and Racial Justice in Baltimore: A conversation with Ray Kelly

Ray Kelly Headshot

September 22, 2020 at 12:15 p.m.

Ray Kelly is the Lead Community Liaison for the Consent Decree Monitoring Team and the Director of the Citizens Policing Project. He was previously the Chief Executive Officer for the No Boundaries Coalition and the 2018 Pax Christi International Peace Award Recipient.

Watch the recording of "Policing and Racial Justice in Baltimore".

Where People Power Meets Peacebuilding: A talk by Maria Stephan

Maria Stephan Headshot

October 8, 2020 at 12:15 p.m.

Maria Stephan is the co-author of Why Civil Resistance Works and is an internationally recognized expert on nonviolent action.

Watch the recording of "Where People Power Meets Peacebuilding".

Litigating Genocide at the International Court of Justice: A conversation with Arsalan Suleman

Arsalan Suleman Headshot

November 10, 2020 at 12:15 p.m.

Arsalan Suleman is a counsel in Foley Hoag’s International Litigation & Arbitration Practice. He is the former Acting Special Envoy to the Organization of Islamic Cooperation.

Watch the recoding of "Litigating Genocide at the International Court of Justice".

From 1619 to COVID-19: A Racial Journey of the Road and Traveler (A Talk by Dr. Collins Airhihenbuwa)

Collins Airhihenbuwa, Ph.D.

February 16, 2021 at 12:15 p.m.

Dr. Collins Airhihenbuwa leads the Global Research Against Non-Communicable Disease (GRAND) Initiative at the School of Public Health at Georgia State University, where he also serves as Professor of Health Management & Policy. Dr. Airhihenbuwa is an expert in creating solutions to promote health equity in national and global health and has more than 30 years of experience advancing research on culture, identity and health to inform strategies for training young professionals to conduct health behavior and public health research and intervention. Prior to joining the school, he was dean of the College for Public Health and Social Justice at Saint Louis University in Missouri. He also has served as a visiting scholar to UN agencies such as the World Health Organization and major universities, including Purdue and Boston University, and has served on boards of Saint Louis City and Hospitals, the National Advisory committee of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Scholars, the Global Philanthropy Alliance, and the board of Scientific Counselors for the CDC.

Watch the recording of "From 1619 to COVID-19"

Esther Anne

Truth, Healing, and Change: The Story of the Maine Wabanaki Truth and Reconciliation Commission (A Talk by Esther Anne)

March 23, 2021 at 12:15 p.m.

Esther Anne serves as Policy Associate at the Cutler Institute, University of Southern Maine. She was part of the team that established and convened the Maine Wabanaki-State Child Welfare Truth and Reconciliation Commission, the first truth commission in the United States to focus on Native child welfare. The commission was featured in the Emmy award-winning documentary, Dawnland.

2019-2020

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 Flint)Suliman 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. 

2018-2019

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.

2017-2018

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

2016-2017

Dr. Aisling Swaine, The Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University - Conflict Related Violence Against Women: Identifying Connections and DistinctionsSwaine presenting in front of a packed audience in the Loyola community

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.