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2019 Schedule

All conference sessions will be held at the following location on DePaul University's Lincoln Park Campus:

DePaul Student Center, Room 314B (map)
2250 N. Sheffield Ave.
Chicago, IL 60614

NOTE: For brief descriptions of the speakers' topics, please see their bios here​.

Time Activity
3:30-5:00pm Pre-Conference Session: Undergraduate Research Poster Presentation
  As a prelude to the conference, this interactive session features 10 undergraduates from DePaul's Catholic Studies courses who are presenting their own research on Gospel nonviolence in the global Church; their research was evaluated by their professors as among the top in their courses. In addition, three of our conference speakers will be on hand to offer their feedback and comments following the poster session:

  • Teresia Wamuyu Wachira, IBVM (Pax Christi International—Nairobi)
  • Daniel F. Pilario, CM (St. Vincent School of Theology—Quezon City, Philippines)
  • Maria Clara Bingemer (Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro—Rio de Janeiro)

The student presenters and their topics are as follows:

  • Daniel Chval—The Movement against Torture: Sebastián Acevedo—A Case of Catholic Theology and Structure Mobilization
  • Cynthia Flores—Nonviolence in the Writings and Speeches of Archbishop Óscar Romero
  • Brady Hanlon—The Importance of Nonviolence Organizations such as SERPAJ in Latin America 
  • Rachel Kosmos—Kathy Kelly, the Peacemaker
  • Molly Langfels—Dom Hélder Câmara and His Dedication to Catholic Nonviolence
  • Aleah Price—Female Circumcision and the Creation of a New Rite of Passage
  • Tito Protasio—People Power
  • Alex Tureac—Bishop Paride Taban and Holy Trinity Peace Village–Kuron: An Example of Catholic Nonviolence
  • Julia Umaña—The Effects of Catholicism in Combatting Oppression through Nonviolent Forces in El Salvador
  • Dean Zillner—Catholic Involvement for Freedom and Peace in East Timor
6:00-7:00pm Registration/Check-In | Book Sales*
7:00-8:30pm Words of Welcome: William T. Cavanaugh, CWCIT director
  KEYNOTE PRESENTATION: Peace is an Open Workshop

Mauro Garofalo
Head of International Relations
Community of Sant'Egidio

Moderator: Ken Butigan (Senior Professional Lecturer in Peace, Justice, and Conflict Studies Program—DePaul University)
8:30-9:00pm Reception | Book Sales*
Time Activity
8:00-9:00am Continental Breakfast + Registration/Check-In + Book Sales*
9:00-11:00am ROUNDTABLE: Gender and Nonviolence**

  • Jasmin Nario-Galace—Mainstreaming Gender in Peace & Disarmament Policies: The Role of Nonviolent Persuasion
  • Teresia Wamuyu Wachira, IBVM—Exploring Nonviolent Indigenous Approaches to Building Peace: The Case of Women in the North Rift & Coast Regions of Kenya
Moderator: Kathy Kelly (Co-coordinator, Voices for Creative Nonviolence—Chicago)\
**UPDATE 5/1/19—Our third presenter in this roundtable was Martha Inés Romero (Pax Christi International—Medellín, Colombia), but she recently informed us that, due to unanticipated and extenuating circumstances, she cannot join us at the conference. She had hoped to be able to send us the text of her lecture but is unable to do so and sends her sincere apologies. 
11:00am-12:30pm Break for Lunch (on your own) | Book Sales*
12:30-2:30pm ROUNDTABLE: Theology of Nonviolence

  • Erico Hammes—The Spirit Christology of Nonviolence
  • M. T. Dávila—Confessions of a Just Warrior: My Challenges Embracing a God of Absolute Nonviolence
  • William T. Cavanaugh**—Toward a Foundational Theology of Nonviolence

Moderator: Christine Schliesser (Assistant Professor of Systematic Theology & Ethics, Zurich University—Zurich, Switzerland)

**UPDATE 4/29/19—William T. Cavanaugh is taking the place of Rev. Fadi Daou, CEO/Chair of the Adyan Foundation in Beirut. Recently, we received word from Rev. Daou that, sadly, he cannot join us, due to extenuating circumstances. He sends his sincere regrets and best wishes for a successful event.
3:00-5:00pm Coffee Break
8:30-9:00pm ROUNDTABLE: Peacebuilding and the Responsibility to Protect (R2P)

  • Eliseo Mercado, OMI—The Peace Process and Active Nonviolence: The Southern Philippines' Experience
  • Michael L. Budde—Killing with Kindness: Can a Plague Cure a Plague?
  • Elias Omondi Opongo, SJ—Humanitarian Military Intervention, R2P, and Nonviolence Discourse: Implications for State Fragility in South Sudan and Democratic Republic of Congo
Moderator: Slavica Jakelić (Assistant Professor of Humanities and Social Thought, Christ College at Valparaiso University—Valparaiso, IN)
5:00-6:00pm Reception | Book Sales*
6:00-7:30pm KEYNOTE PRESENTATION: Just War—A Convenient Untruth

Robert Emmet Meagher
Professor of Humanities, Hampshire College
Author, Killing from the Inside Out: Moral Injury & Just War
(Amherst, MA, USA)

Moderator: Rev. Walter Ihejirika (Professor of Development Communication & Media Studies, 
Federal University of Port Harcourt—Port Harcourt, Nigeria)

  *The DePaul University Bookstore staff will have select titles of our speakers' books available for purchase during this time.

Time Activity
12:00-1:00pm Registration/Check-In + Book Sales*
1:00-3:00pam ROUNDTABLE: Martyrdom and the Cross

  • Daniel F. Pilario, CM—Rethinking Martyrdom in the Age of Violent Populist Regimes: A Report from the Philippines
  • Maria Clara Bingemer—Christian Nonviolence for Secular Causes: The "Case" of Two 20th-Century Religious Communities 
  • Ernesto Valiente—Christian Martyrdom: Jesus’ Self-Giving, Nonviolent Response to a Violent World
Moderator: Joel Hodge (Senior Lecturer of Theology, Australian Catholic University—Melbourne)
3:00-3:30pm Coffee Break
3:30-5:30pm ROUNDTABLE: Grassroots Church Formation in Nonviolence

  • Ana Raffai—Believers for Peace: Christians, Muslims, and Nonviolent Peacebuilding in Europe
  • Francis Gonsalves, SJ—"Be the Change You Want to See": Building Interfaith Solidarity for Peace in India
  • Elizabeth Kanini Kimau—The Catholic Church's Unexploited Power in Connecting People at the Grassroots

Moderator: Rev. Lawrence Fernandes, SJ (Professor of Philosophy, Satya Nilayam Research Institute—Chennai, India)
5:30-6:00pm Closing Reception

  *The DePaul University Bookstore will have select titles of our speakers' books available for purchase during this time.