Global Citizenship: A road to peace?
An interdisciplinary conference for faculty and students
Thursday & Friday, April 7-8, 2016, at the University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point
Conference registration:
UWSP has arranged for its ticket office to handle credit card registrations. The site is here:
The adult/faculty rate is $50, including Thursday dinner and Friday lunch. (If you won’t be here for the Thursday dinner, please let us know by checking the option with “no meal.” Price is the same and does include Friday lunch.)
The student rate is $10, including Thursday dinner and Friday lunch, or $5 for Friday lunch only.
You need to register by March 28 to be on the list for the Thursday evening dinner, but you can still register for the conference after that. 
The dinner is being prepared by our student-staffed on-campus café. They will provide a healthy and tasty buffet using local ingredients as much as possible and there will surely be vegetarian options.
If you prefer to register by check, email wiinst@uwsp.edu I’ll just need name(s), affiliation, student/faculty status, and a check made out to UWSP.
Our keynote speaker is Valerie Barske, UW-Stevens Point history department, http://www.uwsp.edu/history/pages/facultystaff/vbarske.aspx
A block of rooms has been set aside at the Comfort Suites, which is close to campus.  These will only be held until Friday, March 25.  April is a busy month here for athletics, so please reserve soon.  They gave us $89 for Thursday night, 4/7, and could only do $119 for Friday night, 4/8.  The state rate is a little lower for Thursday, if you are a state employee traveling on business.  I would suggest reserving by phone by calling the local number, (715) 341-6000.  Please ask for the UWSP - Global Citizenship Conference block.
Comfort Suites
300 Division St. N., Stevens Point, WI, 54481, US
Phone: (715) 341-6000 Fax: (715) 341-8908
Unfortunately, parking is not free on the UWSP campus (except on the weekends).
The conference is in the Dreyfus University Center, #40.  The Thursday evening dinner and talk are in the College of Professional Studies, #11.
If you are driving a state car, with state plates, you may park in any permit lot on campus for free (not at meters).
If you are not driving a state car:
Thursday afternoon, I would suggest parking in the meter spots in Lot R. You’ll need to pay until 5:00 p.m. It is .75/hr. You’ll need change.  You could also park in Lot Y which has pay stations, but you need to pay up to 7:00 p.m.
Thursday evening, after 5:00 p.m., you can park in Lot E (as well as R) for free.
For Friday, I would suggest parking in Lot Y which has pay stations that accept money or debit/credit cards.  Lot R has coin meters that will let you pay for up to 12 hours, but you’ll need change (.75/hr). Lot Z has a pay-by-cell service for 4 hrs, though it can be extended. You need this app, http://gopassport.com/
Saturday, parking is free!
Call for Proposals
UW–Stevens Point, together with the Wisconsin Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies (WIPCS), is pleased to invite faculty members and students from any Wisconsin college or university, as well as the general public, to join us for an academic conference on peace and conflict issues, with a special focus on the concept of global citizenship and its role in the struggle to bring about a more peaceful planet.
As globalization speeds communication and as climate change presents humanity with the challenge of trying to avert environmental disaster, we are more cognizant than ever of our interconnectedness.  Yet, at the same time, humans continue to be riven by war, violence, and cleavages over religion, culture, and ideology, as well as global disparities between the haves and the have-nots.  In this context of a smaller, but still deeply divided, world, the challenge to build a sense of common humanity embodied in the idea of “global citizenship” appears more pressing than ever—perhaps even essential for our survival as a species.
In an effort to critically examine this concept and explore the prospects for its development, this conference invites panels, paper presentations, performances, and posters that address the following questions:
·         What is and how should we conceive of global citizenship?
·         What are the philosophical, religious, legal, economic, ecological, and cultural underpinnings or rationale for this idea?
·         How can human societies, communities, governments, and organizations, from social movements to our schools, build a sense of solidarity and common identification between peoples of the world and with the planet as a whole?
·         What roles do education, exchange programs, the arts, media, and social movements play in fostering global citizenship?
·         How do we foster global citizenship without replicating patterns of cultural or economic domination?
Papers and presentations are encouraged from across diverse fields: from the social sciences to the humanities, education to business, natural sciences to multidisciplinary combinations, to the arts and activist projects.  While we welcome papers that address the theme of the conference, submitters should feel free to submit paper proposals on any subject broadly related to peace and conflict studies.
We invite presentations in the following formats:
·         Traditional paper presentations:
Presentations should be 10-20 minutes long. Papers should be based on individual or collaborative research and critical thinking. Student papers are eligible for cash prizes awarded by the Wisconsin Institute. To be considered for the prizes, students must submit finished work by March 28, 2016.
·         Roundtable discussions:
Roundtables should include at least three participants.
·         Research posters:
The posters will be on display during a poster session. All student and faculty presenters will be available at their posters to answer questions about their posters.  
·         Creative presentations:
Creative presentations include poems, short stories, visual art, songs, brief performance art, and theater. Visual artists will present digital slide talks about their work. Creative presentations will range from 10 to 20 minutes; applicants should specify the amount of time needed. Proposals should include the imagery as .jpg files and proposed topic abstract. Artists may bring original artwork and their own display elements for their presentation.
Proposals must designate the submission category and include your name, school, whether you are a student or faculty member, title of the presentation, and a 150-word abstract. 
Student papers are eligible for cash prizes awarded by WIPCS.  To be considered for a paper award, students must submit finished work by March 28, 2016.
Proposals are due by March 1, 2016 - Deadline extended to March 15

For more information, or to submit a proposal, please contact us at wiinst@uwsp.edu