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Student Conference to Focus on Peace Research

Author: Arts and Letters

Some 100 students from universities across North America will gather at the University of Notre Dame Friday and Saturday (April 3 and 4) for the annual Student Peace Conference, sponsored by Notre Dame’s Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies.

Planned and directed entirely by Notre Dame undergraduate peace studies students, the conference, which is free and open to the public, will highlight undergraduate and graduate research.

“We’re bringing together peace scholarship from many different disciplines – anthropology, political science, history and sociology,” said Notre Dame senior Andrew Masak, conference coordinator. “It’s a great way to learn about student research at other universities. It’s refreshing to hear so many perspectives.”

The conference will feature a keynote address by Lisa Schirch, a professor of peacebuilding at Eastern Mennonite University and program director of the 3D Security Initiative, an organization that aims to promote conflict prevention and peacebuilding investments and strategies in U.S. policy-making.

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.

Contact: Andrew Masak, 608-234-0670,

Originally published by Rénee Lareau at on April 01, 2009.