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. Journalists and the free press are under attack across the globe, yet they are one of the strongest guardians sustaining peace and human rights in our world. Media can promote peace by presenting issues fairly, offering alternative perspectives and sources of information, countering hate media, and purposefully pursuing peaceful resolution of conflict.

View articles about attacks on journalists and journalism and peacebuilding.

Time Event
10 a.m.

Welcoming Ceremony & Interview with Thomas FriedmanThomas Friedman Head Shot
Christ Chapel

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.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.

Mr. Friedman was interviewed by Roshini Rajkumar.Roshini Rajkumar head shot
A multi-media content creator, Roshini Rajkumar is a licensed attorney whose first career as a TV broadcaster laid the groundwork for her current life as a talk show and digital host, executive coach, and mainstage speaker. A licensed attorney, she is a commentator on brand dynamics, leadership, and crisis communication for media outlets around the country and a regular contributor for Breaking the News on KARE-TV, Twin Cities Live on KSTP-TV, and Business for Breakfast on Denver’s KDMT. Interviewing thousands of people on television and radio bedrocks her roles as WCCO Radio show host, Real Leaders with Roshini podcast creator, and media commentator. Find her book, Communicate That! 3d edition, and other powerful presence content at


11:45 a.m. 

Meet and Greet Lunch with Thomas Friedman
Featured additional time for audience questions and answers and a book signing.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Library-Gustavus Library Associates
12:45 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. Page One promotional posterPage One: Inside the New York Times
Film Screening
The film goes behind the scenes of the newsroom and the inner workings of the media desk as it chronicles the transformation of the media industry. The movie is 90 minutes and is rated R with profanity. 
Watch the trailer.
C. Charles Jackson Campus Center, Three Crowns Banquet Room

2:30-3:30 p.m.

Journalism and Peacebuilding Forum
Jane Kirtley provided the opening to a discussion about the free press, including the role of citizens.
Jane Kirtley PortraitProfessor Jane Kirtley is the Silha Professor of Media Ethics and Law at the Hubbard School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Minnesota, and directs The Silha Center for the Study of Media Ethics and Law. Kirtley has written friend-of-the-court briefs in the U.S. Supreme Court, as well as two books, many book chapters, and articles for scholarly journals and for the popular and professional press, including The New York Times, The Conversation, and the Guardian (UK). Kirtley served as executive director of The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press for 14 years. 

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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.