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Peace and Justice

Past Events


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.