MAYDAY! Peace ConferenceWednesday, May 1, 2024

Navigating Conflict: How do we communicate across differences and work toward peace? 

Wednesday, May 1
10-11:20 a.m.
Alumni Hall, OJ Johnson Student Union

A recording of this event will be posted here the day after the event.

At a time when there is so much conflict -- in world events, national politics, and even in our personal lives -- how do we engage with others and find common ground? Join us for the 2024 MAYDAY! Peace Conference on Wednesday, May 1 for a deep dive into peace-inspired strategies for navigating conflict and recognizing our shared humanity even when we disagree. 

The MAYDAY! Peace Conference was created to inspire attendees to work for justice and peace throughout the world. Starting in 2023, the conference follows a "teach-in" model. This format is designed to learn more about a complex and current topic from a variety of perspectives. The morning will include short remarks and a panel discussion from campus experts and time for small group dialogue.


Keynote Speaker
Carlos Mejia, Modern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures

Kate Knutson, Political Science
Marie Walker, Psychological science 
Joaquin Villanueva, Geography
Martha Ndakalako, English
Rachel Flynn - Library

Event Program

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Peace, Justice, and Conflict Studies 50th Anniversary Celebration Luncheon

PJCS alumni are invited to the celebrate of one the oldest peace studies programs in the world! The PJCS 50th Anniversary Celebration Luncheon will immediately follow the morning conference.

The celebration is for Peace, Justice, and Conflict Studies majors or minors (alumni and current students) and program faculty.
The program will highlight the history of Peace Studies at Gustavus and include special alumni guests Dr. Nathan Funk ’94 and Dr. Carrie Reiling ’02 will share about
their work and journeys in the field of peace and conflict. Please register ahead of time. E-mail Mimi Gerstbauer with questions. The luncheon is free to attend. 

Class Schedule Modification: The class schedule will be modified to allow for all students and faculty to attend the morning session. Classes that start at 8 a.m. and 9 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.

Class Schedule
Normal Start Time Adjusted Start Time
10:30-11:20 a.m. 11:30 a.m. -12 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.

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