MAYDAY! Conference

Multicultural Sweden

“Multicultural Sweden” was the topic of Gustavus Adolphus College’s 32nd annual MAYDAY! Peace Conference to be held Wednesday, May 2, 2012, on the college campus.

Dilsa Demirbag-Sten, Swedish journalist and media contributor on such topics as integration and amnesty, opened the daylong conference at 10:00 a.m. in Christ Chapel. The afternoon schedule featured Swedish author and playwright, Jonas Hassen Khermiri, who visited Gustavus as the Out of Scandinavia, artist-in-residence.  The day concluded with the final round of the MAYDAY! Oratory Contest featuring senior high school speech students.

Watch Dilsa Demirbag-Sten's lecture.

Mayday 2012

The conference, an annual event designed to educate the campus community and beyond about issues related to peace, human rights, and social justice, is open to the public at no charge. For more information, contact the Office of Marketing and Communication at Gustavus (call 507-933-7520 or e-mail


  • 9 a.m.: Registration (Heritage Banquet Room, Jackson Campus Center)
  • 10 a.m.: Welcoming service and morning keynote address by Dilsa Demirbag-Sten (Christ Chapel)
  • 11:30 a.m.: Lunch break, MAYDAY! Oratory Contest preliminary rounds
  • 12:15 p.m.: Panel discussion on Multicultural Sweden (Heritage Banquet Room)
  • 1:30 p.m.: Afternoon keynote address by Jonas Hassen Khemiri (Alumni Hall, O.J. Johnson Student Union)
  • 3 p.m.: Final round of the MAYDAY! Oratory Contest (Alumni Hall, O.J. Johnson Student Union)