MAYDAY! Peace Conference

MAYDAY! Peace Conference

Troubled Water
Wednesday, April 30, 2008

"Troubled Water" was the topic of Gustavus Adolphus College's 28th annual MAYDAY! Peace Conference to be held Wednesday, April 30, 2008 on the college campus.

Dr. Aaron Wolf, department of geosciences at Oregon State University and a leading expert on international water politics, opened the daylong conference at 10:00 a.m. in Christ Chapel. The afternoon keynote speaker hosted in Alumni Hall was Wenonah Hauter, executive director of Food and Water Watch, a consumer advocacy organization in Washington, D.C.

Conference organizers planned several topic-related workshops, a resource center, the touring "Native Waters: Sharing the Source" exhibition at the Folke Bernadotte Memorial Library, a film series, and other social-action activities.


Time Event Location
9–11 a.m.


Linner Lounge, Johnson Student Union
9 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.

Resource Fair

Jackson Campus Center, Upper Level
10 a.m.

Welcoming Service

Opening Service
Cloudburst, Gustavus Choir
Jim Peterson, president, Gustavus Adolphus College
Richard Leitch, MAYDAY! Committee Co-chair

Opening Keynote

Mark Bjelland, MAYDAY! Committee Member
Aaron Wolf, educator and research scientist, Oregon State University
"Conflict and Cooperation Over Shared Waters: Lessons from Around the Globe"
Christ Chapel
11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Meal Break

12:30–2:15 p.m.

Afternoon Keynote Address, Alumni Hall

Gregory Mason, MAYDAY! Committee Co-chair
Wenonah Hauter, social activist, writer, and environmentalist, Food and Water Watch, Washington D.C.
"The Water Commons: Corporate Control or Democratic Governance"
Q&A Session
Aaron Wolf and Wenonah Hauter
Alumni Hall
2:30–3:45 p.m.


"The Colorado River, Many Uses, Major Problems"
Bob Moline, emeritus professor of geography
Nobel Hall, Room 105
"The Difference between Wet and Dry: Community Water Development in Burkina Faso and Indonesia"
Jim Dontje, director of the Center for Environmental Innovation
Three Crowns Room
"Seven-Mile Creek: Lessons from Our Backyard Watershed"
Mark Bjelland, associate professor of geography, Jeff Jeremiason, assistant professor of chemistry
Alumni Hall
4 p.m.

Closing Ceremony and Reception

Hammarberg Memorial Fountain, Christ Chapel Circle West
MAYDAY! After Dark/Wednesday Evening
Presentation on the “politics of water” in India as witnessed by Gustavus students who traveled on a Social Justice, Peace, and Development in India study-abroad program.
Resource Fair
The Heritage Room of the Jackson Campus Center served as this year’s resource center. Representatives from a variety of organizations will be on hand to share information and conversation.
Native Waters: Sharing the Source
WET Foundation Traveling Exhibition
The Folke Bernadotte Memorial Library hosted a multifaceted exhibit designed to help both children and adults explore the importance of water in their lives.