SJU To Co-Host Conference on International Peace

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Saint Joseph’s University’s College of Arts and Sciences and The Peace Islands Institute will co-host a conference entitled “A Just Peace: Perspectives from the World’s Religions,” on Friday, March 22, in the Presidents’ Lounge of Campion Student Center, from 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

"The premise of the conference is that there can be no genuine or enduring 'peace' unless there is justice, and that much that is called peace is merely 'armistice', the cessation of active combat," says Vincent McCarthy, Ph.D., professor of philosophy. "The question then arises, what, if anything, can the world's religions contribute to the advance of genuine peace with justice?"

The conference presenters are from diverse backgrounds and will cover topics of peace and justice in relation to different world religions: 

  • Jon Pahl, Lutheran Theological Seminary
  • John C. Haughey, S.J., senior research fellow from the Woodstock Theological Center and Georgetown University
  • Aaron Tyler, chair of graduate international relations department at St. Mary’s University
  • Pamela K. Brubaker, professor emerita of religion at California Lutheran University
  • Mathias D. Yake, IFRA-Nigeria, junior research fellow, Peace and Conflict Studies Programme, Institute of African Studies and University of Ibadan, Nigeria
  • Ferdaouis Bagga, International Peace and Conflict Resolution, M.A. 2012 and School of International Service at American University
  • Ori Z. Soltes, professorial lecturer in theology and fine arts at Georgetown University
  • Sharron Greaves, associate professor of communications at Nyack College
  • Faith Harpci, Ph.D. candidate in the department of religion at Temple University

The conference is free of charge and will provide a complimentary breakfast at 8 a.m. in the President’s Lounge of Campion Student Center, as well as a Turkish-style lunch provided by the conference co-hosts. For more information, please visit

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