Rivier University to host Fifth Annual Peace Conference

NASHUA, N.H. – The Rivier University campus will serve as the venue for the Fifth Annual Conference on Building a Culture of Peace and Nonviolence taking place on Saturday, March 23 in the Dion Center from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., in conjunction with New Hampshire Peace Action.

The event will feature a keynote speech: Blessed are the Peacemakers: Making Peace and Practicing Nonviolence in a World of War and Violence by Rev. John Dear, S.J., peace activist, organizer, lecturer, retreat leader, and author/editor of 28 books on peace and nonviolence, including “Living Peace,” published by Doubleday. Just back from a peace mission to Afghanistan, John will share reflections about the world of violence and war, the life of creative nonviolence and peace, Jesus’ active nonviolence, and how we can become contemplatives, activists, and prophets of peace and justice to work for a new world without war, poverty, nuclear weapons or global warming. The keynote speech will take place at 9:30 a.m. in the Dion Center Reception Room, Clement Street, Nashua, N.H.

NH Peace Action has chosen Promoting International Peace and Security as the theme for this year’s conference, which also coincides with the 50th anniversary of Pope John XXIII’s encyclical Pacem in Terris (Peace on Earth). Attendees will be able to select three of the 25 workshop sessions that will be featured. Some of the workshops planned: Why Nuclear Power is Not the Answer to Global Warming; The Role of Traditional Islamic Art in Promoting Peace; Drumming for Peace; Fair Markets to Peace; Abolishing the Death Penalty; Veganism; Ikebana: Japanese Floral Arrangements for Peace; Schools as Vehicles of Peace; Arms for the Poor; School as; Argentina: Case Study on Moving from Military Dictatorship; Patriotism and World Security: Friend or Foe? Drone Warfare; Preventing Gun Violence; Understanding Peace through Self Love; Being the Heart of Peace through Meditative Songs and more.

The event is free and open to the public, and lunch will be available for a small fee. Pre-registration for workshop selection and food selection is not necessary but encouraged to facilitate planning.

Please contact will@nhpeaceaction.org or pdemers@rivier.edu with questions about the event.

New Hampshire Peace Action is also organizing youth activities and a youth overnight on the Friday evening before the conference at the Nashua Boys and Girls Club. The youth portion of the conference was organized by youth, for youth, and includes a series of youth leadership workshops and activities. Food and transportation in between the Nashua Boys and Girls Club and Rivier University will be provided for free. For more information about the youth overnight, and to register, please visit www.nhpeaceaction.org/nhypj.

For more information on NH Peace Action, visit http://www.nhpeaceaction.org. For more information on Rev. Dear, visit http://www.johndear.org/bio.html.


Founded in 1933 by the Sisters of the Presentation of Mary, Rivier University is a Catholic institution recognized for both distinguished and distinctive academic programs, offering many of the region’s leading programs at the undergraduate, graduate, postgraduate, and doctoral levels. With Nashua as our home and the world as our classroom, the Rivier experience ensures that students develop leadership skills as well as an awareness and appreciation of diverse cultures in New England and around the world.