Signature Events

See here for photos from our signature events!

Peace and Justice StudieS Association Conference (October 2017)

Professor Elham Atashi and JUPS major Elena Itamari ('18) travelled to Birmingham, Alabama together in October 2017 to attend the PJSA Studies Annual Conference and give a joint presentation. The presentation was based on research conducted on the role of collective memory as a tool of activism in societies with contested historical pasts. 

Professor Elham Atashi and student Elena Itamari stand in front of a whiteboard to present

Professor Elham Atashi and student Elena Itamari sit at a conference table in front of an audience.


JUPS senior celebration (May 19, 2017)

The day before graduation, JUPS majors, minors, and certificates of the class of 2017 gathered in Arrupe Hall with their families for the program's annual senior celebration before the university-wide social justice sendoff. All thesis-writers wore a green tassel on their graduation caps to represent their involvement in the JUPS program throughout their Georgetown careers.

Class of 2017

Family Gathering

Directors of the JUPS Program

JUPS Minors

Displacement, Civilian Protection, & Climate Change (April 25, 2017)

This presentation explored the nexus between climate change and conflict, which represents a grave threat to human security. The impact of sudden climate shocks and ongoing climate change conditions is exacerbating fragile situations in regions already characterized by high levels of violence and ongoing conflict. Tiffany Easthom, Executive Director of Nonviolent Peaceforce discussed the need for organizations and individuals with expertise in climate change, renewable energy and conflict prevention to work together to create innovative solutions. 

Tiffany Easthom is the executive director of Nonviolent Peaceforce since August, 2016. She has an extensive history working in the field as an unarmed civilian protector serving as Program Director for Nonviolent Peaceforce 's Middle East program, Country Director in South Sudan and prior to that a protection officer for NP's program in Sri Lanka. Tiffany holds a BA in Justice Studies and a MA Degree in Human Security and Peacebuilding from Royal Roads University in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. She also studied peacebuilding in the field in Uganda and served as Country Director for Peace Brigades International in Indonesia. 

This event was part of the SFS Centennial Event Series on the environment. As the School of Foreign Service approaches the one-hundredth anniversary of its founding in 2019, it is curating a year-long event series that convenes thinking and reflection on vital issues across the school, the university, and the community.

Other cosponsors include STIA and the Department of Theology

Displacement, Civilian Protection, and Climate Change

Tiffany Easthom

Fly By Light Screening (april 6, 2017)

FLY BY LIGHT is an award-winning documentary about District teenagers breaking cycles of violence. The film follows four unforgettable young people on an eight-day journey into the mountains of West Virginia, leaving the streets to participate in an ambitious peace education program. The film has received acclaim at 13 international film festivals, including Bahamas International, Capital City Film Festival, Urban Media Maker’s Film Festival, and winning the Audience Choice Award at BolderLife!

Fly By Light

The university as a site of social transformation (April 4, 2017)

Hosted by Georgetown University Program on Justice and Peace & Georgetown's Center for Social Justice, Dr. André Keet spoke about The University as a Site of Social Transformation during Georgetown's 50th celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Beyond Vietnam speech. 

Dr. André Keet joined the higher education sector for the first time on a full-time professional basis in October 2008 when he became the Director of the Transdisciplinary Programme at the University of Fort Hare. Between 1996 and 2008, he worked in and with independent public institutions responsible for navigating the crucial transitional phase in South Africa’s contemporary history whilst also teaching part-time and on a visiting basis at universities across the world. Most of his post-1994 work and teaching focussed on processes aimed at deepening democracy, social justice and the promotion and protection of human rights.
Joining the South African Human Rights Commission in 1996, André later on became its Deputy Chief Executive Officer. On a unanimous recommendation from parliament, the president appointed André as a part-time Commissioner to the Commission for Gender Equality in 2008. He is a frequently invited speaker at South African and other universities abroad, as well as at academic conferences.  André is presently based as the Director of the Institute for Reconciliation and Social Justice and advisor to the Rectorate. He was also appointed to serve as the Acting Vice-Rector (student affairs and external relations) until the end of January 2017. His research and postgraduate supervision focuses on four areas:  critical studies in higher education transformation; social justice, social cohesion and reconciliation;  human rights, democracy and citizenship education; and public participation, critical citizenship and democracy development.

Dr. André Keet

Jornaleros Photo exhibit (March 27, 2017)

The JUPS community and the Trabajadores Unidos de Washington DC held an opening reception for the Jornaleros photo exhibit.

This exhibit is a compilation of photos taken by Jornaleros, undocumented day laborers, who are members of the Trabajadores Unidos de Washington DC. The arc of the exhibit is "A Day in the Life" of a Jornalero and shows the various stages and settings of their days. American University students helped the Jornaleros curate the exhibit which was shown at American University's Katzen Arts Center, after which the exhibit then traveled to Gallaudet University. At the reception, we will be joined by Trabajadores Unidos de Washington DC's Executive Director, Arturo Griffiths, and some of the exhibit's photographers. The exhibit will be featured in the ICC Galleria from March 27th - March 31st.

Photo Exhibit

Opening Reception

Organizing against the savior mentality (March 21, 2017)

Hosted by Georgetown University Program on Justice and Peace & Film and Media Studies at Georgetown.

What is the role for people of privilege in social justice movements? A conversation about resistance in this political moment featuring author and journalist Jordan Flaherty.

Jordan Flaherty is an award-winning journalist, producer, and author. His print journalism has been featured in publications from the New York Times to Colorlines, as well as in seven anthologies. He has been a guest on shows from Anderson Cooper 360 to Democracy Now, and he has produced television documentaries and news reports for Al Jazeera America, Al Jazeera English, and The Laura Flanders Show. He was the first journalist to bring the case of the Jena Six to a national audience, he played himself on HBO’s television series Treme, and he was a target of the New York City Police Department’s spying programs. He is the author of Floodlines: Community and Resistance from Katrina to the Jena Six and the new book No More Heroes: Grassroots Responses to the Savior Mentality.

Organizing Against the Savior Mentality

Jordan Flaherty


A Road to Home Screening & Panel (February 21, 2017)

JUPS was honored to host Carl Siciliano, the founder and Executive Director of NYC's Ali Forney Center for a screening of A Road to Home and a discussion. A Road to Home tracks the lives of six homeless LGBTQ young people over 18 months. Their lives typify the experience of the 500,000 homeless youth on American streets every night, 40% of them LGBTQ. The Ali Forney Center, featured in the documentary, is the nation’s largest and most comprehensive housing program for homeless LGBT youth.

How to End Mass Incarceration (February 8, 2017)

How to End Mass Incarceration was a panel of criminal justice reform experts, facilitated by Professor Henry Schwarz, who discussed the best tactics to end the mass incarceration that plagues the US.

Panelists included:

Careers in peace: considering pathways for undergraduates (January 31, 2017)

David J. Smith, author of Peace Jobs: A Student's Guide to Starting a Career Working for Peace (Information Age Publishing 2016), shared with students strategies for using their peace and justice education and experiences as a springboard for a career in the field upon graduation. This session explored pathways of professionals working to promote peacebuilding, social justice, and conflict resolution.