MAYDAY! Conference

War on the Press: At Home and Abroad
Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Journalism and the media may influence positive political and social change or fuel violence and conflict. Award-winning New York Times journalist and author, Thomas Friedman, will share his thoughts on interpreting large-scale trends, making sense of accelerating change, and providing reasons for hope in a complex and volatile world.

Free access to information is one of the most important pillars sustaining peace and human rights in our world. Media can promote peace by presenting issues fairly, offering alternative perspectives and sources of information, by countering hate media, and by purposefully pursuing peaceful resolution of conflict.

Tickets on sale now.

The event will be live streamed and archived online.

View articles about attacks on journalist and journalism and peacebuilding.

Time Event
10 a.m.
Welcoming Ceremony & Keynote Addresses

Christ Chapel

Request a free tickets for off-campus audience.
Gustavus students and employee should show their college ID.

Thomas Friedman Profile Photo

Thomas L. Friedman, an internationally known author and journalist, has won the Pulitzer Prize three times for his work at The New York Times. His foreign affairs column in The New York Times reports on US domestic politics and foreign policy, Middle East conflicts, international economics, environment, biodiversity, and energy.

Friedman is the author of From Beirut to Jerusalem, which won both the National Book and the Overseas Press Club Awards in 1989. The Lexus and the Olive Tree, winner of the 2000 Overseas Press Club Award for best non-fiction book on foreign policy. Longitudes and Attitudes: Exploring the World After September 11, issued in 2002, consists of columns Friedman published about September 11. The World is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-first Century, received the inaugural Goldman Sachs/Financial Times Business Book of the Year Award. In addition is wrote Hot, Flat, and CrowdedThat Used to Be Us: How American Fell Behind in the World We Invented and How We Can Come Back, co-written with Michael Mandelbaum, and Thank you For Being Late: An Optimist's Guide to Thriving in the Age of Accelerations 2.0.

Watch the live stream or archive of the address.

11:45 a.m. 

Meet and Greet Lunch with Thomas Friedman

Featuring additional time for audience questions and answers and a book signing.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Library-Gustavus Library Associates
Jackson Campus Center Banquet Rooms.
Cost is $25/Person
Purchase tickets.

1:30 - 2:30 p.m.
Panel Discussion and Activities

Discussion and hands on activities about the free press and ways citizens have effectively used the media and social media to advance their cause.

Cec Eckhoff Alumni Hall, Johnson Student Union
Free and open to the public. No ticket required.

The keynote address is free, yet off-campus audience members should request a ticket starting in January 2019. Gustavus students and staff will be admitted at the door with college ID. 

For more information, contact the Office of Marketing and Communication at Gustavus (call 507-933-7520 or e-mail

The annual MAYDAY! Peace Conference was established at Gustavus Adolphus College in 1981 with funding by the late Florence and Raymond Sponberg. It was established to inspire attendees to work for justice and peace throughout the world. 

Class Schedule Modification
Class Schedule
Normal Start Time Adjusted Start Time
10:30-11:20 a.m. 11:30 a.m. -12:00 p.m.
11:30 a.m -12:20 p.m. 12:10-12:40 p.m.
12:30-1:20 p.m. 12:50-1:20 p.m.

The class schedule will be modified to allow for all students and faculty to attend the morning session. Classes that start at 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. will meet at the regularly scheduled times. Classes that start at 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. on that day will be shortened to thirty minutes each with ten minutes between classes. Normal scheduling will resume at 1:30 p.m.