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Wisconsin Institute for Peace and Conflict
Studies Conference Slated for April 16

 MAILED:  Feb. 26, 2004

EAU CLAIRE — “Promoting Positive Peace” is the theme of the 18th annual student conference of the Wisconsin Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies, to be held April 16 at St. Norbert College in De Pere.

The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire is a member of the Wisconsin Institute, which is headquartered at UW-Stevens Point.

Students from all disciplines and the public may attend the conference, which will be held in Bemis International Center. Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m., and the first session will start at 9 a.m. The conference will feature discussions on a variety of topics, including conflict, security, peace, justice and the environment at the individual, national and international level.

A fee of $10 for students and institute members and $15 for the public includes breakfast, lunch and participation in conference activities. Institute memberships may be purchased for $15 for students or $35 for the public. The fee includes conference registration and a copy of the “Journal for the Study of Peace and Conflict.” Pre-registration should be sent before March 19.

Keynote speaker Derek Jeffreys, assistant professor of humanistic and religious studies at UW-Green Bay, is a specialist in ethics and warfare. He recently won a fellowship from the John Templeton Foundation for his activity in study of science and religion.

The conference will end at 4 p.m. with an awards ceremony for students with the best presentations and papers. Wisconsin college and university students can submit papers. Possible topics include: respecting human rights, enhancing economic and ecological well-being, nonviolent resolution of conflict, personal and social transformation, or dignity of work and the rights of workers. Submissions must be received by March 19. For details about submitting papers or presentations, see the Web site.

For more conference information, contact Sister Sally Ann Brickner of St. Norbert College at (920) 403-3978, (920) 403-3881 or

The Peace and Justice Center at St. Norbert College is sponsoring the conference. The Wisconsin Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies will offer a fall conference Oct. 6-8 at Marquette University in Milwaukee. For more information on the fall event, contact Richard Friman at

The Wisconsin Institute is a consortium of public and private institutions of higher learning in Wisconsin that are dedicated to encouraging and legitimizing teaching and research on the roots of violence, national and global security issues and all factors necessary for a just global peace.


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Updated: February 25, 2004