Five UMass Lowell Students Selected to Present at National Peace Conference

UMass Lowell will have Largest Representation at Conference

Five Peace and Conflict Studies students at University of Massachusetts Lowell were selected to present their papers at the 2013 Notre Dame Student Peace Conference. The Notre Dame Student Peace Conference is the premiere forum for graduate and undergraduate students to engage in dialogue on important issues related to peacebuilding, global issues, and social justice. University of Massachusetts Lowell will have the largest representation of any external university at the conference and we are pleased that 100% of our student submissions were accepted.

Please join us in congratulating the following students:

Maryann Ford, Master of Arts, examines women's role in the resolution of the Northern Ireland conflict. She will present on a panel entitled, "Women and Conflict Transformation."

Donna Hackley, Master of Arts, uses the Democratic Republic of Congo as a case study of how researchers should handle talking to war victims of rape. She will present on a panel entitled, "Sexual Violence and War."

Suyheang Kry, Master of Arts, studies post-conflict Cambodia and whether "peace" exists in the presence of poverty, inequality, and injustice. She will present on a panel entitled: "Elements of Peacebuilding."

Lindsey Lovrenovic, Master of Arts, investigates ways that scholars such as Huntington, Siebert, and Gulen envision reconciliation between Eastern and Western cultures. She will present on a panel entitled "Education as a Way to Build Peace."

Milcah Ssebbowa, Master of Arts, explores the Liberian civil war as a case study for how sexual violence can be used as a weapon of war, particularly towards women. She will present on a panel entitled, "Sexual Violence and War."

This is the second straight year that University of Massachusetts Lowell has been represented at the conference. Last year, Seth Izen '12 presented on "The Roots of Moral Courage: Rescuers in the Holocaust" in a panel on "Learning from the Holocaust."

The selection of five student presenters at the conference, as well as the two grants recently received from the United States Institute of Peace, advance the national profile of Peace and Conflict Studies at University of Massachusetts Lowell.

About Peace and Conflict Studies
Peace and Conflict Studies at University of Massachusetts Lowell prepares undergraduate and graduate students for careers in peace-building, diplomacy, conflict resolution, economic and social development, and human rights advocacy. Important job placements for recent graduates include: Associate Director at Middlesex Law Center, co-founder of Brighter Generations, an organization dedicated to promoting mental health of survivors in Rwanda, and immigration services staffer at Congresswoman Niki Tsongas' Office. As the only public university in New England to offer a Master of Arts degree in the field, Peace and Conflict Studies has a critical role in preparing students to become difference makers on a global level.