USD to Host Conference on Peace

San Diego, CA: From Thursday, October 16th until Saturday, October 18th, USD’s Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies (KSPS) and the School of Leadership and Education Sciences (SOLES) will be hosting the Peace and Justice Studies Association Conference.

The conference will feature workshops, presentations, and films that promote peace, justice, conflict resolution, and current issues within the field of peacebuilding.

A wide range of speakers comprised of academics and activists in the areas of peace, conflict, and justice studies, will discuss their work and ideas. Victor Villasenor, Mexican-American author of the bestseller Rain of Gold, will give the welcome keynote Thursday evening.

The other plenary speakers are Monish Bajaj, from the University of San Francisco, Almudena Bernabeu, from the Center for Justice and Accountability in San Francisco, Loreta Navarro-Castro, from the Center for Peace Education at Miriam College in the Philippines, Paul K. Chappell from the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, Angelina Dayfallah, independent youth activist, and Sherri Mitchell, from the Land Peace Foundation. For more information on speakers, please visit

On Friday evening the film Beyond the Divide will be shown and discussed afterward by its producer/director and two main protagonists. On Saturday afternoon locally renowned inner city youth dance group, trancenDANCE, will also perform.

The cost for this event varies and is open to the public. For more information about the conference, access to the schedule, and how to register, please visit the Peace and Justice Studies website:

About the University of San Diego

The University of San Diego sets the standard for an engaged, contemporary Catholic university where innovative Changemakers confront humanity’s urgent challenges. With more than 9,000 students from 69 countries and 50 states, USD is the youngest independent institution on the U.S. News & World Report list of top 100 universities in the United States. The university's eight academic divisions include the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Business, the Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering, the School of Law, the School of Leadership and Education Sciences, the Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science, the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies, and the Division of Professional and Continuing Education. USD's Envisioning 2024 strategic plan capitalizes on the university’s recent progress and aligns new strategic goals with current strengths to help shape a vision for the future as the university looks ahead to its 75th anniversary in the year 2024.


Jeryldine Tully
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