Schedule

Note to presenters: This schedule will change over time with a final schedule announced in September. If you have any questions or conflicts please let us know.

Peace and Justice Studies Association (PJSA)

2017 (nearly final) Conference Schedule at the University of Alabama at Birmingham

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(Click here for a simplified version of this schedule highlighting the additional events being organized)

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Wednesday October 25

Thursday October 26

  • 8:00 - 9:00    Registration; Coffee/tea and pastries or muffins [3rd floor Hill Student Center]

  • 9:00 - 9:30    Welcomes and Announcements

  • 10:00 - 11:15  Plenary Presentation by Dr. Ruby Sales entilted, "Where do we go from here?"

  • 10:00 - 4:00    “The Language of Hope”: UAB BLOOM Studio, Project Space, and the Birmingham Holocaust Education Center free breakout activities focusing on the intersection of language and visual symbols. Activities take approximately 30 minutes to complete and you may come and go as you please.

  • 11:15 - 11:30    Coffee/tea break with light refreshments

  • 11:30 - 12:45    Plenary Panel: “Peace and Human Rights: Local and Global Views,” with Dr. Ruby Sales, Dr. Riane Eisler, Nelson Reiyia and Margaret Reiyia

  • 12:45 - 2:00    Lunch on your own

    • 12:45 - 2:00    PJSA Gender & Sexuality Committee working lunch gathering, hosted by Sheherazade Jafari (Hill Student Center 203)

  • 2:00 - 3:30    Concurrent Breakout sessions #1

    1. [Panel]: “Strategies for indigenizing education: Canada's TRC and human rights”, (Moderator: Wendy Kroeker)

      • Wendy Kroeker (Instructor, Peace and Conflict Transformation Studies, Canadian Mennonite University)

      • Julie Hyde (Faculty of Graduate Studies, University of Manitoba)

      • Steve Schroeder (Associate Professor of History, University of the Fraser Valley Abbotsford Campus)

    2. [Panel]: “Understanding Stress and Trauma with Incarcerated Youth: An evaluation of correctional interventions within Juvenile Detention”, (Moderator: Niki Johnson)

      • Rukiye Ayyildiz (Director of Research and Evaluation, Alternative Education Research Institute)

      • Herman Spencer (Director of Programs, Alternative Education Research Institute)

      • Rolanda J West (Instructor, Northeastern Illinois University/Executive Director, Alternative Education Research Institute)

    3. [Panel]: “Structural Injustice and Legal Systems: Bridging, Repairing, Reimagining the Infrastructures”, (Moderator: Renee Gainer)

      • Janet Gerson (International Institute on Peace Education)

      • Jill Strauss (Borough of Manhattan Community College, CUNY)

      • Dale Snauwaert (University of Toledo)

      • Jeffery H. Warnke (Bowling Green State University)

    4. [Panel]: “The Core Dynamics of Sustainable Peace: Understanding and synthesizing the science across disciplines”, (Moderator: Douglas Fry)

      • Douglas P. Fry (Chair, Department of Anthropology, University of Alabama at Birmingham)

      • Larry S. Liebovitch (Professor of Physics and Psychology, Queens College, CUNY)

      • Jaclyn Donahue (Program Manager, Advanced Consortium on Cooperation, Conflict and Complexity, Earth Institute, Columbia University)

      • David Gilchrist (Graduate student, University of Alabama at Birmingham)

    5. [Panel]: “Activist Education”, (Moderator: Laura Finley)

      • “Activist education and the human-nature connection: three examples from Birmingham, Alabama, USA”, Stephen R. Merritt (Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Alabama Birmingham)

      • “Pathways to Praxis: Moving from Peace Studies to Peace Activism”, Jim Handley (Senior Lecturer of Geography and Peace Studies, University of Wisconsin-Stout)

      • “Faculty v. Goliath: The Marginalization of Faculty in Campus Efforts to Address Dating Violence and Sexual Assault”, Laura Finley (Associate Professor of Sociology & Criminology, Barry University)

      • “Building Nonviolent Theory-Practice and Gown-Town Relations Using Online Book Discussions of the Dandelion Insurrection”, Bill Warters (Assistant Professor and Director, Master of Arts in Dispute Resolution, Wayne State University)

    6. [Panel]: “Resistance and Repression”, (Moderator: Michael Loadenthal)

      • “Non-violence as a form of dissent in Turkey”, Doga Ulas Eralp (School of International Service, American University)

      • “Activists and Scholars on Managing Repression”, Lee A. Smithey (Associate Professor of Sociology and Peace and Conflict Studies, Swarthmore College), Lester R. Kurtz (Professor of of Sociology, George Mason University)

      • “Repression, Riot-ization and the Criminalization of Dissent Under Trump”, Michael Loadenthal (Visiting Professor of Sociology and Social Justice, Miami University & Executive Director, PJSA)

    7. [Roundtable]: “Trying to Move a Mountain: Restorative Justice and Systemic Racism in Urban Schools”

      • Arthur Romano (Assistant Professor, School for Conflict Resolution and Analysis, George Mason University)

      • Rochelle Arms (Doctoral student, School for Conflict Resolution and Analysis, George Mason University)

    8. [Workshop]: “New Resources for Activism and Advocacy Teaching, Research, and Outreach”

      • Brian Woodman (Washington University Libraries in St. Louis)

      • Scotty Kirkland (Alabama Department of Archives & History)

      • Wayne Coleman (Birmingham Civil Rights Institute)

  • 3:30 - 4:00    Coffee/tea break with light refreshment

  • 4:00 – 6:00   [Film]: ​"First Light" (Mishy Lesser, Upstander Project; Adam Mazo, First Light director/producer), "For centuries, the United States government has taken Native American children away from their tribes, devastating parents and denying children their traditions, culture, and identity. First Light tells the story of a historic truth and reconciliation commission investigating this hidden history and contemporary crisis." (HSC Alumni Theater)

  • 4:30 - 6:00    Theater Department performance of “Savage” [limited seating; tickets $15] (Walk to theater at 4pm

  • 6:15 - 7:15    PJSA Membership meeting

  • 6:30 - 7:30    UNA Pre-banquet Meet and Greet: Come celebrate United Nations Day with UNA officials. All are welcome.

  • 7:30 - 9:30    PJSA/UNA Banquet featuring Dr. Riane Eisler, speaking about "Building Cultures of Justice and Peace: From Dominationb to Partnership." [online purchase required; seating is limited: tickets $25 for conference registrants; $70 for conference non-registrants]

Friday October 27

  • 8:00 - 8:30    Registration; Coffee/tea and pastries or muffins

  • 8:30 - 9:45    Plenary Panel: “How to Build a Movement” with Pastor Cori Bush, La Trina Jackson, Dhoruba Bin Wahad and Matt Meyer

  • 9:45 - 10:00  Coffee/tea break with light refreshments

  • 10:00 - 11:30   Concurrent Breakout sessions #2

    1. [Panel]: “Promoting Peace through the Transformative Learning of Students and Teachers", (Moderator: Rebecca Oxford)

      • Rebecca Oxford (Adjunct Instructor, University of Alabama at Birmingham)

      • Josephine Prado (Assistant Professor, University of Alabama at Birmingham)

      • Laurie Smith, John Marc Green, Melinda Harrison, Gonul Uguralp Cannon & Margaret Lawrence (Current and Former Graduate Students, University of Alabama at Birmingham)

    2. [Panel]: “Autoethnographies of Peace—Religious/Humanitarian Stories”, (Chair: Wim Laven)

      • "How being raised fundamentalist Christian lead me to study and understand the Islamic State", Joel Elliott (Kennesaw State University)

      • “From India to Iowa: Translating Sarvodaya”, Swasti Bhattacharyya (Buena Vista University)

      • “Life and Death at the Bottom of the World: Humanitarianism's Acceptable Losses”, Bryan Hutcheson (Kennesaw State University)

      • "Let Freedom Reign!: The Convention Against Torture and Moral Leadership," Michael Kearns

    3. [Panel]: "Crucible Steel: Creative Expression and Human Rights", (Moderator: Sandra Sprayberry)

      • Sandra Sprayberry (Birmingham-Southern College)

      • Ansleigh Davies, Kendal Harris, and Veena Krishnanstudents (students, Birmingham-Southern College)

    4. [Panel]: “Peace Systems”, (Moderator: Kate Meehan)

      • “Key Variables for Peace Among the Iroquois”, Benjamin Maddox (Department of Anthropology, University of Alabama at Birmingham)

      • “Alternative security – Alternatives to war”, Patrick Hiller (Executive Director, War Prevention Initiative)

      • “Letting the U.S. Off the Hook? U.S. Peace Organizations and Post-Conflict Justice”, Loramy Gerstbauer (Gustavus Adolphus College)

    5. [Panel]: “PJSA Publications Committee: Recent Developments and Opportunities”, (Moderator: Michael Minch)

      • Michael Minch (Utah Valley University)

      • Laura Finley (Associate Professor of Sociology & Criminology, Barry University)

      • Michael Loadenthal (Visiting Professor of Sociology and Social Justice, Miami University & Executive Director, PJSA)

      • Brendan Newman (Miami University, Co-editor of PJSA's Peace Chronicle)

    6. [Panel]: “Peacebuilding in Africa”, (Moderator: Elavie Ndura)

      • “How Aid Organizations Become Party to Land Conflicts: An Exploration of Peacebuilding and Development Programs in Eastern Congo”, Lily Kruglak (Juniata College)

      • “Local Peacebuilding- customary law and pastoralist conflict in Kenya and Uganda”, Emily Welty (Director of Peace and Justice Studies, Pace University)

      • Seeking third presenter

    7. [Panel]: “Gender, Conflict and Peace”, (Moderator: Sheherazade Jafari)

      • “Strengthening Our Understanding of Gender, Religion and Conflict: The Potential of Feminist Participatory Action Research”, Sheherazade Jafari (Director, Point of View International Retreat and Research Center, School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, George Mason University)

      • “Does the Glass Ceiling Really Exist?”: How to Build a Gender Inclusive Culture in the Workplace”, Yeju Choi (Kennesaw State University)

      • “A Theory of Domination: Race, Class, Gender, and the Missing Fourth Term”, Gordie Fellman (Brandeis University)

      • “On Women’s Human Rights: A Visual Cross-Cultural Comparison,” Mayra Bonet (NECC-Haverhill)

    8. [Panel]: “Creative Methods for Addressing Violence in America”, (Moderator: Lief Carlson)

      • Leif Carlson (Independent Artist)

      • Mike Klein (Assistant Professor, Justice and Peace Studies, University of St. Thomas)

      • Christina McLaughlin (Independent Researcher)

    9. [Roundtable]: “UAB Peace and Human Rights Studies”

      • Tina Kempin Reuter (University of Alabama at Birmingham), Douglas Fry (University of Alabama at Birmingham), Ajanet Rountree (University of Alabama at Birmingham), Nicholas Sherwood (University of Alabama at Birmingham), D. Antranet (University of Alabama at Birmingham), Lee Hicks-Stewart (University of Alabama at Birmingham), Caitlin Beard (University of Alabama at Birmingham/Southern Poverty Law Center), and David J. Smith (George Mason University/Forage Center for Peacebuilding)

    10. [Film]: "Disturbing the Peace" (Steve Apkon & Marcina Hale, Re-Consider), "In a world torn by conflict - in a place where the idea of peace has been abandoned - an energy of determined optimism emerges. When someone is willing to disturb the status quo and stand for the dream of a free and secure world, who will stand with them?" (HSC Alumni Theater)

  • 11:45 – 1:15    Concurrent Breakout sessions #3

    1. [Panel]: “Teaching Peace and War (PART 1)”, (Moderator: Wim Laven)

      • Amy Cox (Arcadia University)

      • Jill Strauss (Borough of Manhattan Community College, CUNY)

      • Amanda (Mandi) Donahoe (Tufts University)

      • Wim Laven (Kennesaw State University)

      • Michael Klein (University of St. Thomas)

    2. [Panel]: “New Directions in Peace Education”, (Moderator: Joy Meeker)

      • “Possibilities in Online Peace Pedagogy: Generating Critical Hope and Change”, Joy Meeker (Saybrook University)

      • “Peace education and education for peace”, Michael Minch (Utah Valley University)

      • “Pedagogy of Circles: Teaching Restorative Justice to Social Work Students”, Daniel Rhodes (University of North Carolina at Greensboro)

      • Student stories: Using digital media for civic engagement in peace studies courses, Elton Skendaj (Manchester University)

    3. [Panel]: “Being an Ally for Racial Equity”, (Moderator: Steven Schroeder)

      • Pushpa Iyer (Professor of Conflict Analysis and Resolution and Director of the Center for Conflict Studies at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey)

      • Elizabeth Fisher, Julia Lipkis & Kaitlyn Throgmorton (Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey)

    4. [Panel]: “Glocal Conflicts”, (Moderator: Laura Finley)

      • “As Above, So Below: A Synthesis of Trauma & Conflict Transformation Theory and the Role of Agency for Social Change after Group Trauma”, Nicholas Sherwood (Graduate student, University of Alabama at Birmingham), Ajanet Rountree (University of Alabama at Birmingham)

      • “Once Upon a Birmingham: A Helping Hand”, Angela Hollowell & Caitlin Beard (University of Alabama at Birmingham)

      • “Human Rights and Poverty: The Role Of Non-Governmental Organizations In Poverty Alleviation”, Oluwaseun Olanrewaju (Lawyer, Straightpath Solicitors & Advocate and Coordinator, Academics Stand Against Poverty, West Africa Chapter)

      • “On Cosmopolitan Responsibility: The Individuals' Global Role in Promoting and Protecting Human Rights”, David W. Gethings (Kennesaw State University

    5. [Panel]: “Organizing for Peace: Politics and Non-State Actors”, (Moderator: Jinelle Piereder)

      • “Better than a Left Tea Party”, John Lawrence (College of Staten Island, CUNY)

      • “Other Diplomacies for Peace”: The Role of Non-State Actors in Canada’s Peace Sector and Beyond”, Jinelle Piereder (Balsillie School of International Affairs)

      • “A Basic Civil Right: Is voter suppression a single party issue?”, Daniel Kirk (University of Mount Union)

      • “Nonviolent Discipline and Radical Flanks”, Hasan Habes (VAASA, Finland) and Ingrida Grigaityte (Närpes, Finland)

    6. [Roundtable]: “Teaching Intersectionality in the Age of Trump”, (Moderator: Sheherazade Jafari)

      • Sa’ed Atshan (Swarthmore College)

      • Geoffrey Bateman (Regis University)

      • Amanda Smith Byron (Portland State University)

      • Emily Davis (University of Delaware)

      • Sheherazade Jafari (Director, Point of View International Retreat and Research Center, School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, George Mason University)

    7. [Roundtable]: “Recognizing and Addressing Sibling Abuse through a Transformative Justice Approach”

      • Rachel Birmingham (Northeastern Illinois University)

    8. [Workshop]: "Peace Language Activities: Teaching and Learning Peace Experientially” 

      • ​​Rebecca L. Oxford (University of Alabama at Birmingham and University of Maryland), Maria Matilde Olivero (University of Rio Cuarto and University of South Florida), Tammy Gregersen (University of Northern Iowa)

    9. [Workshop]: “Podcasting for Peace”

      • Daryn Cambridge (Senior Program Officer, United States Institute of Peace)

    10. [Film]: ​"Film Treasures of thre Civil Rights Era" (Brian Woodman, Film & Media Archive, Washington University) (HSC Alumni Theater)

  • 12:00 - 3:00     UAB BLOOM Studio and Project Space free breakout activity: Create a broadside poster print. Activities take approximately 30 minutes to complete and you may come and go as you please.

  • 1:15 – 2:30    Lunch on your own

    • 1:15 – 2:30    Post-Point Of View working lunch gathering. "We will gather during the open lunch period– please grab your lunch and join us to catch up with each other and continue our conversations from POV, including with new individuals who are invited to join us to learn more and possibly be involved going forward. Anyone is welcome to join this lunch gathering. If you are attending PJSA, or have colleagues who will be there, please let Sheherazade Jafari know at sjafari@gmu.edu." (Hill Student Center 203)

  • 2:30 – 4:00   Concurrent breakout sessions #4

    1. [Panel]: “Ethics of solidarity (both activism and research)”, (Moderator: Matt Meyer)

      • Matt Meyer (IPRA)

      • Mark Lance (Georgetown University)

      • Michael Loadenthal (Visiting Professor of Sociology and Social Justice, Miami University & Executive Director, PJSA)

    2. [Panel]: “Teaching War and Peace (PART 2)”, (Moderator: Amanda (Mandi) Donahoe)

      • Susan E. Cushman (Nassau Community College/SUNY)

      • Michelle Collins-Sibley (University of Mount Union)

      • Nicole Johnson (University of Mount Union)

    3. [Panel]: “Civil Resistance in the United States and Around the World: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow”, (Moderator: Daryn Cambridge)

      • Daryn Cambridge (Senior Program Officer, United States Institute of Peace)

      • Kerri Kennedy (Associate General Secretary of International Programs, American Friends Service Committee)

      • Max Carter (Retired Campus Ministry Coordinator, Guilford College)

      • Douglas Juarez (Guatemalan Migration Program Coordinator, American Friends Service Committee)

      • Annalis Mitcho (International Programs Fellow, American Friends Service Committee)

    4. [Panel]: “Cognition and Communication”, (Moderator: Swasti Bhattacharyya)

      • “Letters to Hell – Correspondence with Death Row Inmates”, Richard D Clark (John Carroll University) and Amy Kato (John Carroll University)

      • “The Cognitive Science of Stereotyping”, Mike Sloane (University of Alabama at Birmingham)

      • “A Peace of Music: Thoughts on Peace portrayed through music and song”, Renee Gainer (University of Alabama at Birmingham)

      • “Pericentric and Telecentric Communication”, Josh Stewart (University of Alabama at Birmingham)

    5. [Panel]: “Identity, Human Rights, and Dignity”, (Moderator: Amanda Smith Byron)

      • “Identity, Rights, and Awareness: The Power of Discourse to Change Systems of Oppression”, Jeremy Rinker (The University of North Carolina at Greensboro)

      • “Post-Colonialism and Colorism: A Critical Analysis of Identity, Race and Culture in the Caribbean and South America”, Rolanda J West (Alternative Education Research Institute)

      • “Seeking Human Dignity in an Era of Divisiveness”, Amanda Smith Byron (Portland State University)

      • “Disability Rights As Human Rights: Understanding the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in International Law”, Tina Kempin Reuter (University of Alabama at Birmingham)

    6. [Panel]: “International Challenges to Peace”, (Moderator: Kate Meehan)

      • “The Humanitarian Consequences of War: The Case of the Syrian Displaced People”, Amal Khoury (Global Studies Department, University of North Carolina-Charlotte)

      • “Whose reality: Peace-building and Development Assistance in Afghanistan”, Yutaka Hayashi (Kwansei Gakuin University, Japan)

      • “Awareness Toward Human Rights: A study of rural women of Chamoli District in India”, Himanshu Bourai (Prof.& HOD Department of Political Science & Director of Women Studies Centre, HNB Garhwal University, Srinagar, Uttarakhand, India)

      • “As Above, So Below: A Synthesis of Trauma & Conflict Transformation Theory and the Role of Agency for Social Change after Group”, Nicholas R Sherwood (University of Alabama at Birmingham)

    7. [Panel]: “Civil Society and the War on Drugs in Guerrero, Mexico”, (Moderator: Fred Shepherd)

      • “The Policia Comunitaria Movement and the Rule of Law in Guerrero,” Chris Kyle (University of Alabama at Birmingham)

      • José Díaz Navarro (Colectivo Siempre Vivos)

      • Kara Hofheins (University of Alabama at Birmingham)

    8. [Roundtable]: “Dealing with Disruptors in the Classroom”

      • Dean J. Johnson (West Chester University)

    9. [Film]: "Can You Tell Me More: Community-based Filmmaking as Method of Student Engagement" (Michele Forman, Director, UAB Media Studies Program), "Non-fiction filmmaking and oral history courses offered at UAB use hands on digital media practice to connect students with community members and learn about a range of justice issues in the Greater Birmingham, Alabama, region.  The session will include the screening of a selection of student-produced films and the presentation of the pedagogy." (HSC Alumni Theater)

  • 4:00 - 4:15    Coffee/tea break with light refreshments

  • 4:00 - 6:00    Ashley M. Jones poetry reading (Project Space & UAB BLOOM Studios exhibit)

  • 4:15 – 5:45   Concurrent breakout session #5

    1. ​​[Roundtable]: “Tools for Coping with and Overcoming Student Burnout”

      • Dean J. Johnson (West Chester University)

    2. [Workshop]: “Nonviolent Resistance in the Trump Era: Insights from Peace Science”

      • David Prater (War Prevention Initiative)

    3. [Workshop]: “Islamophobia Workshop : The Empowerment of Hate”

      • Khaula Hadeed (Council on American-Islamic Relations)

    4. [Workshop]: “Saturday Solutions: Reducing Conflict in Under-served Communities thru Student and Parent Training”

      • Jameria Johnson Moore (Attorney and mediator, Common Ground Mediation Solutions)

      • Angelina J. Sperling (Attorney and mediator, Common Ground Mediation Solutions)

    5. [Film]: ​"Peace Has No Borders" (Deb Ellis, Co-Director of Peace Has No Borders/Associate Professor & Director of Film and Television Studies, University of Vermont), "Escaping one battlefield for another, contemporary soldiers of conscience wage a 10-year fight to avoid deportation and punishment if returned to the U.S. from Canada." (HSC Alumni Theater)

  • 6:00 - 7:30    Reception and poster session featuring poetry from Ashley M. Jones and others (Hill Student Center)

    • [Poster]: “Peace and commemoration of World War II bombing victims in Japan”, Yutaka Kimura (University of Tsukuba)

    • [Poster]: “Disrupting Disablism in Places of Conflict”, Robbie Francis (University of Otago)

    • [Poster]: “Introduction to 1951 Coffee Company,” Maya Florence Adelman Cabral (independent scholar)

  • ​6:00 – 7:30   [Film]: ​"Fly By Light" (Daryn Cambridge, Senior Program Officer, United States Institute of Peace, director Ellie Walton & producer Hawah Kasat), "Fly by Light is an award winning documentary about Washington, DC teenagers breaking cycles of violence. The film follows four unforgettable young people into an eight day journey into the mountains of West VA, leaving the streets to participate in an ambitious peace education program." (HSC Alumni Theater)

  • 7:30 - 8:30    Dinner on your own
  • 8:30 - ?:??   Benefit concert: The Beatlads performing “Beatles and Peace: Anthems from Across the Years”

Saturday October 28

  • 8:00 - 8:30    Registration; Coffee/tea and pastries or muffins

  • 8:30 - 9:45    Plenary Speaker: author/activist David Swanson

  • 9:45 - 10:00  Coffee/tea break with light refreshments

  • 10:00 - 11:15 Plenary Panel: “Abolition of War” with Ramah Kudaimi, Tara Tabassi and Gwendolyn Zoharah Simmons.

  • 11:30 - 1:00  Concurrent Breakout sessions #6

    1. [Panel]: “Autoethnographies of Peace—Proximity to Hatred”, (Chair: Wim Laven)

      • “A historical lesson from an unexpected encounter,” Renee Gainer (University of Alabama at Birmingham)

      • “Witnessing the Scars of Ethnic Violence: An Arduous Journey to Peace”, Ziaul Haque (Kennesaw State University)

      • "Going Native with Nazis: Ethnography as Activism", Randy Blazak (University of Oregon)

      • “Escaping Hatred”, Wim Laven (Kennesaw State University)

    2. [Panel]: “Working for the Greater Good: Strategies for Launching A Career in Peace and Justice”, (Moderator: David J. Smith)

      • Amy Cox (Arcadia University)

      • Susan E. Cushman (Nassau Community College/SUNY)

      • Gordon Fellman (Brandeis University)

      • David J. Smith (George Mason University/Forage Center for Peacebuilding)

    3. [Panel]: "Fostering Healing, Transformation, and Peace through Diversity Engagement: Perspectives from the Deaf Community and Gallaudet University", (Moderator: Elavie Ndura)

      • Elavie Ndura (Vice President of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, Gallaudet University)

      • Matthew Rider-Barclay (Training and Outreach Manager, Laurent Clerc Center, Gallaudet University)

      • Anibelka Henriquez (Chair, Gallaudet Staff Council, Gallaudet University)

    4. [Roundtable]: “Criminalization of Poverty”

      • Jeffery T. Walker, Stacy C. Moak & Joyce Vance (University of Alabama at Birmingham)

    5. [Roundtable]: “From Campus to Community: LEADing the Way to Awareness and Acceptance”

      • Collin Mills, Samantha Byler, Casey Lim (University of Central Missouri)

      • Michelle Amos (Assistant Professor of Literacy Education, University of Central Missouri)

    6. [Workshop]: "Becoming a Disturber of the Peace: Lessons from the Frontline of Human Transformation"  [Note: This workshop is meant to follow-up the film "Disturbing the Peace"]

      • ​​​​Marcina Hale & Steve Apkon (Re-Consider)

    7. [Workshop]: “Dialogue: Possibilities and Pitfalls in the Struggle for Social Justice”
      • Amy Finnegan (Assistant Professor, Justice & Peace Studies, University of St. Thomas) & Tyler Bah, Sabrina Medhkour & Maddy Rudkin (Students, Justice & Peace Studies, University of St. Thomas

    8. [Workshop]: “U.S. Militarism and Permanent Warfare are Killing the Planet: MLK's challenge to Peace Studies”

      • Jack Nelson-Pallmeyer (University of St. Thomas)

    9. [Live performance]: "The Empathy Project" (Anne Ledvina, Allafi J. Amin, Sumter Coleman, Annie Ledvina, Islam Jaber, Mustafa Jaber, Rowan El-Qishawi, Eva Ledvina, Lynda Wilson, and Alexander Casiday), "The Empathy Project is a performance piece that tells the stories of refugees moving across the world in search of safety, hope and survival for their families and themselves.  Feel what it must be like to leave your home due to forces outside your control, to leave everything you know and love behind and to traverse unknown lands and seas in search of refuge. The Empathy Project was composed by Anne Ledvina, Associate Director of International Programs, Birmingham-Southern College. Following the performance there will be an opportunity to talk with the playwright and cast about the stories that have inspired the work."

  • 1:00 - 1:45  Lunch on your own (Hill Student Center)

  • 2:00 - 3:25    Concurrent Breakout sessions #7

  1. [Panel]: “Civil Rights Leader: Yesterday and Today”, (Moderator: Ajanet Rountree)

    • “The U.S. Civil Rights Movement”, Anthony B. Newkirk (Philander Smith College)

    • “From Civil Rights to Economic Human Rights: The 1968 Poor People’s Campaign & Its Legacy”, Amy Nathan Wright (St. Edwards University)

    • “Nonviolence as a Demonstration of Black Identity”, Ajanet Rountree (University of Alabama at Birmingham)

    • “The Contributions of "Schoolhouse Activists" to the Birmingham Civil Rights Movement”, Tondra L. Loder-Jackson (University of Alabama at Birmingham)

  2. [Panel]: “Environment, Ecology, Technology and Peace”, (Moderator: Randall Amster)

    • “Water, the Environment, and Peacebuilding”, Randall Amster (Georgetown University)

    • “Sweltering deserts & frosty prairies: community responses to migrant crossings in Arizona, USA and Manitoba, Canada”, Jodi Dueck-Read (Canadian Mennonite University)

    • “Automation & Robotics, Alternative Economic Models, & Peace”, Linda Groff (Director, Global Options and Evolutionary Futures Consulting)

  3. ​[Panel]: “Histories of Peace”, (Moderator: Ellen Lindeen)

    • ​​ “‘Dear Friend’: The Practice of Nonviolence in Gandhi’s Letters to Hitler”, Kelly Rae Kraemer (Professor of Peace Studies, College of St. Benedict/St. John’s University)

    • “Margaret Walker: A Pioneer Within The Black Studies Movement”, Darius Caleb Smith

    • “Faith Leads to Peace Work or Peace Work Leads to Faith”, Ellen B. Lindeen (Waubonsee Community College)

  4. [Panel]: “The Basic and Applied Goals of Peace Ethology”, (Moderator: Sherrie Alexander)

    • Peter Verbeek & Kacey Keith (University of Alabama at Birmingham)

    • “A Monkey and a Tourist Walk Into a Bar: Thoughts on Peace Ethology, Ethical Tourism, and the Barbary Macaque of Morocco”, Sherrie Alexander (University of Alabama at Birmingham)

  5. [Workshop]: “Ferguson Missouri Truth Telling Project: Online learning platform for dismantling white supremacy”

    • Cori Bush (Co-Director, Truth Telling Project)

    • Chrissi Jackson (Advisory Board Member, Truth Telling Project)

    • Mark Lance (Professor, Georgetown University)

  6. [Workshop]: “Racial Justice in the Field of Conflict Resolution”

    • Sheherazade Jafari (Director, Point of View International Retreat and Research Center, School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, George Mason University)

    • Pushpa Iyer (Professor of Conflict Analysis and Resolution and Director of the Center for Conflict Studies at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey)

  7. [Roundtable]: “Human Rights and Educational Practices”
    • Linda Pickett (Grand Valley State University)

  8. [Roundtable]: “Student Professor/Professional Interactions”
    • Brendan Newman, Emma Belanger, Kate Wisniewski, Tori Cheffer, Glynis Lonnemann (undergraduate students, Miami University) & Michael Loadenthal (Visiting Professor of Sociology and Social Justice, Miami University & Executive Director, PJSA)
  9. [Film]: Workshop: How to Integrate Media and Film into the Classroom" (Michele Forman, Director, UAB Media Studies Program), "Non-fiction filmmaking and oral history courses offered at UAB use hands on digital media practice to connect students with community members and learn about a range of justice issues in the Greater Birmingham, Alabama, region.  The session will provide case studies and practical lessons in oral history and multimedia production." (HSC Alumni Theater)
  • 3:35 - 5:00    Concurrent Breakout sessions #8

    1. [Panel]: “The Greensboro Counter Stories Project: Establishing a Culture of Dialogue and Problem-Solving”, (Moderator: Renee Gainer)

      • Judia Holton (Guilford College)

      • Nathaniel Davis III (City of Greensboro Police Department)

      • Mary Louise Frampton (University of California –Davis)

      • Lamar Gibson (On Earth Peace)

      • David Anderson Hooker (University of Notre Dame)

      • Hollyce Giles (Guilford College) 

    2. [Panel]: “The Constructive Program: Gandhi and Beyond”, (Moderator: Wendy Kroeker)

      • “Exploring Constructive Program as Nonviolent Strategy”, Stephanie Knox Steiner (Director of Education, Metta Center)

      • “Decolonizing Nonviolent Construction: From the Constructive Program to the Commons”, Sean Chabot (Eastern Washington University)

      • “The Landless Rural Workers Movement in Brazil (MST) and the Gandhian Constructive Program”, Kurt Schock (Rutgers University), and Stellan Vinthagen (U Mass-Amherst)

      • “The Oceanic Circle: Nonviolent Resistance and Environmental Resilience”, Randall Amster (Georgetown University)

    3. [Panel]: “Telling Important Stories”, (Moderator: Elham Atashi)

      • “Conscientious Objection & Draft Resistance: The Vietnam War”, Katie Jo Breidenbach Wooding (Manchester University)

      • “Deconstructing Mentacide in the Black Community: A comparative analysis of the theories of Joost Meerloo and Bobby Wright”, Herman Spencer (Director of Programs, Alternative Education Research Institute)

      • "Memory Activism and Transformation", Elham Atashi (Associate Professor of Teaching & Co-Director of Justice and Peace Studies Program, Georgetown University) and Elena Itameri (Undergraduate student, Major in Justice and Peace Studies, Georgetown University)

    4. [Panel]: “Dealing with Displacement: Refugees, Human Rights, and International Policy”, (Moderator: Steven Schroeder)

      • “Building Collective Resilience and Trauma-Awareness among Refugee Populations in North Carolina”, Jeremy Rinker (University of North Carolina-Greensboro)

      • “The Middle Eastern Refugee Dilemma: Humanitarian and Political Aspect”, Ali Askarov (University of North Carolina-Greensboro)

      • “When the Local is Global: Exploring Global Critical Pedagogies in Refugee Education”, Daniel Rhodes (University of North Carolina-Greensboro)

      • “Critical Analysis of Resettlement Policy in the US: State Variations and Refugee Outcomes”, Amal Khoury (Global Studies Department, University of North Carolina-Charlott

    5. [Roundtable]: “Rights and Relationships: Humanizing the Human Rights Discourse in the United States”

      • Amanda Guidero (Fellow of Conflict Engagement, Department of Interdisciplinary Studies, Creighton University)

      • Palma Strand (Professor of Law, Department of Interdisciplinary Studies, Creighton University)

    6. [Workshop]: “Music for Social Justice”

      • ​​Tom Neilson & Lynn Waldron (Music for Social Change)

    7. [Workshop]: ”Lessons in movement-building and women’s leadership from the First Intifada: 30 years after the uprising”

      • Emma Alpert & Daniel Nerenberg (Just Vision)

    8. [Workshop]: “Meeting Mr. Clotworthy: A Simulation Game to Introduce Restorative Justice to Students and Community Groups”

      • Anne P. Wheeler (University of Alabama at Birmingham) & students from UAB's Justice Science and Peace Studies programs)

    9. [Film]: "Recovering Racist: A documentary" (Lawton Higgs Sr, Marti Slay & Dale Short), "This hour-long documentary tells the story of the religious epiphany of R. Lawton Higgs, Sr. around race, and it challenges viewers to reconsider their own thoughts on race, justice, and grace." (HSC Alumni Theater)

  • 3:30 - 6:30   PJSA Board Meeting [Part 1 of 2]

  • 5:00 - 5:15    Coffee/tea break with light refreshments

  • 5:15 - 6:45    Concurrent Breakout sessions #9

    1. [Panel]: “Civil and Human Rights Education”, (Moderator: Anne Wheeler)

      • “Civil Rights Education ‘Out in the Sticks’”, Heidi Huse (University of Tennessee-Martin)

      • “Human Rights Education: Whose Epistemologies? Whose Ontologies?”, Hakim Mohandas Amani Williams (Gettysburg College)

      • “‘You don’t want crabs or herpes: Vaccines cure that.’: Sexual Health Education Access as a Human Rights Issue”, Martina (Tina) Thomas (Juniata College)

    2. [Panel]: “Exploring the Intersubjective, Democratic Paradigm of Justice, Peace Building, and Education”, (Moderator: Renee Gainer)  

      • Dale Snauwaert (University of Toledo)

      • Janet Gerson (International Institute on Peace Education)

      • Jeff Warnke (Bowling Green State University)

    3. [Panel]: “Challenging Militarism and Resisting War”

      • “Police Militarization in the Era of Urban Areas Security Initiative”, Maya Florence Adelman Cabral (independent scholar)

      • “The Korean Crisis: Towards a Paradigm Shift in U.S. Policy”, Jonah S Adelman Cabral (Knox College)

      • “Human Rights Violations in the Streets and in the Social Media: Police Violence in El Salvador”, Sonja Wolf (Drug Policy Programme at the Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas (CIDE) Región Centro in Aguascalientes, Mexico)

      • “War Resisters and the Civil Rights Actions in the 1940s”, Yuichi Moroi (Meiji University)

      • “US Militarism, War Crimes and the Ethics of University-Based Military Training (ROTC)”, John Lawrence (College of Staten Island, CUNY)

    4. [Panel]: “Priorities in building meaningful peace”, (Moderator: Mark Lance)

      • Mark Lance (Professor, Georgetown University)

      • Wim Laven (Graduate Student, Kennesaw State University)

      • Damon Lynch (Graduate Student, University of Minnesota)

      • Alison Castel (Professor, University of Colorado, Boulder)

    5. [Panel]: "Theories and Histories of Peace", (Moderator: Linda Johnson)

      • “A Holistic, Integrative View of Peace for the 21st Century, Based on Holistic, Evolving Aspects of Peace & Nonviolence”, Linda Groff (Director, Global Options and Evolutionary Futures Consulting)

      • “Killing as Trauma: The Promise and Problems of “Moral Injury”, Rachel MacNair (Director, Institute for Integrated Social Analysis)

      • “Ethical Issues from Multiple Perspectives”, Linda M. Johnston (Kennesaw State University)

    6. [Roundtable]: “Advocacy in a University Setting”

      • Madison W. Silverstein (Auburn University)

    7. [Roundtable]: “From Non-Violent Opposition to Constructive Resilience”

      • Michael Karlberg (Western Washington University)

    8. [Roundtable]: “Targets of Hate: Hijab (Muslim Woman headscarf) the most visible symbol for Hatred”

      • Khaula Hadeed (Council on American-Islamic Relations)

    9. [Workshop]: “Stepping Across the Threshold: Learning to Say Black Lives Matter”

      • “Risks and Rewards of Bucking a Racist Culture: Paths to White Participation in the Struggle for Racial Equality”, Judy Hand-Truitt (The Threshold Project)

      • “Building Stories that Activate Us: Voicing Our Racial Justice Threshold Moments”, Nichole Lariscy (University of Alabama at Birmingham)

    10. [Film]: "A Bold Peace: Costa Rica's Path of Demilitarization" (Matthew Eddy), "A Bold Peace documents the little-known story of how, almost 70 years ago, Costa Rica abolished their military and created free health care, free universities and a wide middle class while pioneering a new model of national security." (HSC Alumni Theater)​

  • 7:00 - 9:30    "Closing Ceremony", featuring awards banquet and a special video message from Rev. Dr. William Barber II [admission free for conference registrants; $45 for conference non-registrants]

Sunday October 29

Post-Conference Event

  • 9:00 - 11:00  Seminar: “Exploring 21st century issues of revolutionary nonviolence.” This will be an interactive intergenerational seminar featuring panelists Ynestra King, Osagyefo Uhuru Sekou and Hakim Williams, moderatored by Elavie Ndura.

  • 11:30 - 4:00   PJSA Board Meeting [Part 2 of 2]

 

*All conference rooms and event locations (including then Hill Student Center, elevators, restrooms, meeting rooms, and theater) are fully accessible, including by wheelchair. In keeping with its mission and in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the ADA Amendments Act of 2008, and other applicable laws, The University of Alabama at Birmingham is committed to providing qualified persons with disabilities an equal opportunity to participate in and benefit from all programs and services offered by the University.

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Schedule updated: 09/25/2017, 11:11am_V74