Be The Change


April 10, 2008


Second Global Nonviolence Student Conference

Mahatma Gandhi Center for Global Nonviolence

James Madison University

Taylor Hall 302



Conference Schedule


8:55 - 9:00 a.m.

Opening Remarks

Dr. Sushil Mittal, Director, Mahatma Gandhi Center for Global Nonviolence


9:00 - 9:30 a.m.

"Iron Jawed Angels: The U.S. Women's Suffrage Movement. Lessons on the Political Power of Nonviolence for Women and the World"

Victoria Nicole Federwisch, B.A. Junior, Political Science, James Madison University


9:30 - 10:00 a.m.

"Gandhian Coercion and the American Civil Rights Movement: Violent Posturing as Nonviolent Protest"

Thomas DeFranco, B.A. Sophomore, Political Science, Wake Forrest University


10:00 - 10:30 a.m.

"Humanitarian Zones: A Non-Violent Solution"

John C. Van Rooy, B.A. Senior, Peace Studies, St. John's University


10:30 - 11:00 a.m.

"Critical Utopianism and Satyagraha: Connecting Gandhian Resistance, Hindu Tolerance, and Utopian Dreaming"

Christopher M. Gray, B.A. Junior, History, James Madison University


11:00 - 11:30 a.m.

"Ahimsa: The Jain Path"

Jason Kaas, B.A. Senior, Peace Studies, St. John's University


11:30 - 12:00 a.m.

"Walking the Talk: Mennonites and Peace Building"

Emily Derstine, Annie Dutcher, Tyler Grove, Emi Oda, Paul Rutt, Diana Terry, and Jonathan Wiens, B.A. Senior, Justice, Peace and Conflict Studies, Eastern Mennonite University


12:00 - 1:00 p.m. Lunch Break


1:00 - 2:00 p.m.

Keynote Address: "Nonviolence as a Vocation"

Dr. Terry Beitzel, Assistant Professor, Justice Studies, James Madison University


2:00 - 2:30 p.m.

"The Structural Violence of American Politics: Barriers to Peace and Social Justice in the World's Most Powerful Democracy"

Daryn Cambridge, M.A. 2nd Year, International Peace & Conflict Resolution, American University


2:30 - 3:00 p.m.

"Peace in Pieces: Why Peace Agreements Fail. The Case of Rwanda and Sierra Leone"

Nina Talley-Kalokoh, M.A. 1st Year, International Peace & Conflict Resolution, American University


3:00 - 3:30 p.m.

"Natives v Immigrants: Rethinking Materialist Explanations of Ethnic Conflict"

Leo J. Pierson, M.A. 2nd Year, Sociology, George Mason University


3:30 - 4:00 p.m.

"Novel with a Cause: The Humanitarian Impact of What is the What"

Owen Highfill, M.A. 2nd Year, English Literature, University of Georgia


4:00 - 4:30 p.m.

"Truth-Telling a Double-Edged Sword: Victims' Experiences at Truth and Reconciliation Commissions"

Lauren Sauer, M.A. 1st Year, Conflict Transformation and Peacebuilding, Eastern Mennonite University


4:30 - 5:00 p.m.

"Non-Violence and Peace-Building in Islam: Cross Cultural Perspectives"

Elcin Haskollar, M.A. 2nd Year, International Peace & Conflict Resolution, Arcadia University


5:00 - 5:30 p.m.

"Shanti and Self-realization in Bhagavad Gita: From Peace of Mind to World Peace"

David Buchta, Ph.D. 2nd Year, South Asia Studies, University of Pennsylvania


5:30 - 6:00 p.m.

"Refugees and Asylum Seekers Coping with the Emotional Consequences of War"

Katherine Luci, Ph.D. 2nd Year, Integrated Clinical & School Psychology, James Madison University


Admission to the conference is free and open to the public.


Support for the conference is provided in part by JMU Student Government Association and Dining Services.

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