We write this just a few weeks after some of us were able to see each other in person for the first time in two years, such a treat! Although most of us are Zoom fatigued, it is great to have that as an option for those who could not travel to Milwaukee.
The conference was, as usual, wonderful and inspiring. On behalf of the Board, we thank Lynn Woehrle, who was the Conference Chair, and her entire team at University of Milwaukee as well as the Wisconsin Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies. We also extend our gratitude to Executive Director Michael Loadenthal, who is always such an integral part of the conference and of PJSA in general. We are also very grateful for the PJSA members who brought students to the conference! Next year’s conference, hosted at the University of Mount Union, promises to be another vibrant opportunity for scholars, activists and students to meet and collaborate.
The Board had a very useful meeting. We are pleased to announce that membership has been increasing and thank Board members Dean Johnson and Jeremy Rinker for their efforts. And of course, we thank all of YOU, our members, for supporting PJSA. We are also encouraging everyone to look into institutional memberships if your campus is not yet one. Questions about that can be directed to Jeremy Rinker.
The shift to virtual meetings and events due to the global pandemic has been trying for us all, but one positive note is that it prompted PJSA to offer some additional programming throughout the year. We collaborated to sponsor a one-day forum on the death penalty featuring Sister Helen Prejean as the keynote speaker, and we will again be partnering for dating and domestic violence awareness events in February. We will also be sponsoring several virtual panels in late March focused on the legacy of slavery, so stay tuned to the listserv and PJSA’s social media for those details. If you have ideas for other collaborations, please do not hesitate to reach out to either of us.
We are excited to launch our podcast soon and also remind members that any feedback on the journals can be directed to Publications Chair Matt Johnson at firstname.lastname@example.org. Further, feedback on this magazine can be directed to Laura Finley (email@example.com) as guest editor and to Wim Laven (firstname.lastname@example.org) as editor.
Here’s to a brighter and more peaceful 2022!
Laura Finley and Jennie Barron
Co-Chairs, PJSA Board of Directors