Upcoming Event

5th Annual Building A Culture of Peace and Nonviolence Conference

March 23, 2013 – March 23, 2013 (8:45 am – 4:00 pm)

@ Rivier University, Nashua, NH

The Fifth Annual Conference on Building a Culture of Peace and Nonviolence will be held on the Rivier University Campus Saturday March 23, 2013, 8:45 am – 4:00 pm.

The conference will feature lectures, seminars, media presentations, and workshops dealing this year with global dimension and other aspects of peacemaking and peacebuilding. The Conference is free of charge and open to the public. Box lunches will be available for a small fee.

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 Good Pope John XXIII’s encyclical Pacem in Terris (Peace on Earth). Attendees will be able to select three of the approximately 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; Self-Confidence and Self-Esteem as Peacemaking; Drumming for Peace; Fair Markets to Peace; Educating for Peace; Abolishing the Death Penalty; Bullying in schools; Argentina: Case Study on Moving from Military Dictatorship; Patriotism and World Security: Friend or Foe? Morality of Drones.

Keynote Speaker

Father John Dear

The keynote speaker will be Father John Dear, Jesuit Priest, Peace Activist, Organizer, Lecturer, and Retreat Leader. Father John is the author/editor of 28 books on peace and nonviolence, including Living Peace, published by Doubleday. Archbishop Desmond Tutu has nominated him for the Nobel Peace Prize.

Father John’s Biography is available here: www.johndear.org/bio.html.

The Title for John Dear’s keynote address is Blessed are the Peacemakers: Making Peace and Practicing Nonviolence in a World of War and Violence. Just back from a peace mission to Afghanistan, Father 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 Conference is presented by NH Peace Action (nhpeaceaction.org) and Rivier University.

Sponsors include:

  • Rivier University Chaplain’s Office
  • Rivier University Office of the Vice-President for Academic Affairs
  • Rivier University Student Government Association
  • Rivier University Office of Student Affairs
  • Rivier University Office of the Dean of Undergraduate School
  • Sodexo Dining Services

Youth Overnight at Nashua Boys and Girls Club

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.

Visiting Information

Please visit http://www.rivier.edu/about/visiting/default.aspx?id=1467 for information about visiting the Rivier University campus, including directions and accommodations.

Contact Information

Brother Paul R. Demers
(603) 897-8537

Will Hopkins

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