A keynote address by a genocide studies scholar, an invited alumni address, and presentations of student papers and faculty-led discussions will highlight Grinnell College's fourth biennial Peace and Conflict Studies Student Conference on March 11-12.
All events are free and open to the public, and will take place in the Joe Rosenfield '25 Center, 1115 Eighth Ave., Grinnell.
The conference is sponsored by Grinnell College's Peace and Conflict Studies Program.
Grinnell welcomes and encourages the participation of people with disabilities. You can request accommodations from the event sponsor or Conference Operations and Events.
Keynote address: "Can We Predict Genocide and Mass Killings"
7:30 p.m. Friday, March 11, Rosenfield Center, Room 101
Verdeja is assistant professor of political science and peace studies at the University of Notre Dame and executive director of the Institute for the Study of Genocide.
Verdeja, who received his doctorate from the New School for Social Research in New York City and directs undergraduate peace studies at Notre Dame. His research focuses on large-scale political violence, transitional justice, political reconciliation, war crimes trials, truth commissions, and reparations.
Leonard Merrill Kurz ’75
Alumni address: "A Grinnellian's Journey for Peace"
11:45 a.m. Saturday, March 12, Rosenfield Center, Room 101
Leonard Merrill Kurz ’75 is president of Forest Creatures Entertainment, a motion picture, television, and new media production. Kurz holds a master's degree in film and television production from Stanford University. He has written, produced, and directed several documentaries, including Free the Children.
Lunch will be provided.
This year, 19 students from Grinnell, Macalester, Skidmore, and Antioch colleges will present papers during the conference. The papers address a range of topics about peace and conflict from the social sciences, humanities, and sciences, reflecting the vibrant interdisciplinary variety of the field.
Papers are organized into themed panels, each moderated by a faculty member who has reviewed panel papers. After the 15-minute student presentations, faculty moderators will respond and facilitate a discussion session.
The following panels will occur throughout the two-day conference.
- "The Body, Objectification, and Social Suffering"
- 4:15 p.m. March 11, Rosenfield Center, Room 225
- Papers by: Vincent Benlloch ’18, Grinnell; Clara Moser, Skidmore College; and Jesus Villalobos ’17, Grinnell.
- Faculty moderator: Abram Lewis, assistant professor of gender, women’s, and sexuality studies at Grinnell.
- "Leaders, Parties and Their Alternatives: Political Violence and Social Transformation"
- 8:30 a.m. March 12, Rosenfield Center, Room 225
- Papers by: Suha Gillani ’16, Michael Cummings ’18, Max Pilcher ’18 and Maxwell Fenton ’19, Grinnell.
- Faculty moderator: Keynote speaker Verdeja.
- "Communities, Identities and Conflicts"
- 10:15 a.m., March 12, Rosenfield Center, Room 225
- Papers by: Keegan Smith-Nichols, Antioch College; and Stuart Hoegh ’17 and Karol Sadkowski ’16, Grinnell.
- Faculty moderator: Todd Armstrong, professor of Russian at Grinnell.
- "Troubling Childhood: Violence and Rights"
- 10:15 a.m. March 12, Rosenfield Center, Room 226
- Papers by: Betty Varland ’18 and Mari Holmes ’17, Grinnell; and Jolena Zabel, Macalester College.
- Faculty moderator: Tess Kulstad, assistant professor of anthropology at Grinnell.
- "Sexual Violence in War and Peace"
- 1:30 p.m. March 12, Rosenfield Center, Room 225
- Papers by: Emily Ricker ’18 and Hannah Boggess ’18, Grinnell; and Will Stolarski, Macalester College.
- Faculty moderator: Patrick Inglis, assistant professor of sociology at Grinnell.
- "National Politics of Exclusion and Their Consequences"
- 1:30 p.m. March 12, Rosenfield Center, Room 226
- Papers by Nirabh Koirala ’17 and Lucia Tonachel ’18, Grinnell; Zoe Bowman, Macalester College.
- Faculty moderator: Gemma Sala, assistant professor of political science at Grinnell.