Fifth Annual Peace Conference

Workshops in Block 2 (1pm - 2pm)

  1. Embodying a Culture of Peace and Nonviolence Through Movement

    Gathering in solidarity we will embark on an active exploration of peace by engaging our bodies, minds, and spirits in movement expression. Participants will explore peace in their bodies through individual and shared group movements. Purposefully facilitating a culture of peace together, participants will experience the chance to see, feel, give, and receive peace through peaceful, nonverbal dialogue. Specifically this workshop will create a peaceful culture of acceptance and safety by honoring each individual’s culture through movement and highlighting the peaceful qualities each of us offers to the broader culture. (All are welcome -- no dance experience needed.) Presenters: Kendal Freeman & Kayla Haberern, Dance Therapy Grad Students, Antioch University.

  2. IKEBANA- Japanese Floral Arrangements for Peace

    More than simply putting flowers in a container, IKEBANA, a traditional Japanese floral arrangement, is a disciplined art form in which nature and humanity are brought together. The spiritual aspect of IKEBANA is considered very important to its practitioners. Silence is a must during practices of IKEBANA. It is a time to appreciate things in nature that people often overlook because of their busy lives. Through IKEBANA, one feels the closeness to nature which provides PEACE and relaxation for the mind, body, and soul. Presenter: Antoinette Drouart has received formal training in Ikebana and certificates from the Ikebana Sogetsu School in Tokyo, Japan.

  3. The historical origins of Pacem in Terris

    This year marks the 50th Anniversary of the encyclical issued by Pope John XXIII’s called PACEM IN TERRIS: PEACE ON EARTH. By analyzing the previous one hundred years' encyclicals and the historical events of the twentieth century, one comes to a better understanding of the ways in which the document stands fully in the tradition of Catholic teaching and the ways in which it was a new interpretation of these teachings, shaped by the history of the twentieth century. Presenter: Dr. Martin Menke Ph.D., Rivier University;

  4. Argentina: A Case Study in How One Latin American Country Has Moved Forward

    An overview of US-Latin American relations; past, present and future, and then a focus specifically on the case of Argentina. In 1976 a repressive military dictatorship kidnapped, tortured, executed, and disappeared over 30,000 civilians. This workshop will focus on the US role in this conflict and how Argentina has moved forward since then. (Sneak preview: In 2003, the Argentine government adopted the movement for memory, truth and justice as “politics of the state” and has since implemented numerous human rights education programs for youth in the country to ensure that what happened then, will never happen again.) Presenter: Alex Freid.

  5. Drone Warfare

    The United States is currently engaged in bombing campaigns using drones all over the world, which has resulted in backlash and many civilian casualties. Drone bombings have raised a great many moral and legal questions. Steve Diamond, the host of Making Waves Radio and the coordinator of the NH Peace Action 2012 Presidential Primary Drone Campaign will address these issues and discuss these controversial weapons. Presenter: Steve Diamond

  6. NH Movement to Abolish the Death Penalty

    For decades, advocates for justice in New Hampshire have attempted to abolish the Death Penalty. Finally it looks like there are solid prospects in the House and Senator, and our Governor has pledged to sign a ban if it makes it to her desk. Selena Taylor is an outgoing community Organizer for the NH Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty; she will discuss prospects and the campaign outlook for an official ban in 2013 or 2014. Presenter: Selina Taylor

  7. Preventing Gun Violence in the US

    This workshop will provide an overview of US gun violence statistics and facts, and a comparison of those statistics between US states, and between the America and the world. We will then discuss current proposed gun control legislation and the influence of political groups both for and against gun control. Presenter: Mark Provost.

  8. Why Nuclear Power is not the Answer to Global Warming

    Nuclear power compromises the health of all living things and causes extraordinary environmental and economic damage. Conservation and renewable energy, without any recourse to nuclear power, will address climate change. Even in the wake of Fukushima, we lack the political will to make genuine progress in combatting global warming, finding ways to conserve, taking advantage of renewable energy resources, and ending the curse of nuclear power. Nevertheless, we have the capacity to move forward and make progress. Presenter: Hattie Nestel.

  9. Auschwitz for the Animals

    At a time when the public is more concerned than ever about the health and environmental problems associated with large-scale factory farming, the film Peaceable Kingdom explores the interconnected life journeys of farm animals, former farmers, and animal rescuers struggling against an out-of-control industrial system. This offers a vision of a more peaceful world that is well within our reach. Presenter: Sr. Lucille Thibodeau, p.m., Ph.D., Rivier University;