The Peace and Social Justice Symposium will be held on Saturday, Feb. 16, and Thursday, Feb. 28. The purpose of the Peace & Social Justice Symposium is to actively promote civic engagement and social responsibility toward strengthening peace, justice, equality, equity, and unity on campus and in our local and global communities. The Symposium provides an avenue for discussion of global and domestic issues affecting world peace, human rights, race relations, justice, and other social concerns.

Thursday, Feb. 28:

Guest Lecture by T.J. Leyden, 7 p.m., Harre Union Ballrooms
Peace Jam Concert Immediately following. $3 Admission to benefit SALT’s World Relief Campaign.

About the keynote speaker:

T.J. Leyden: After 15 years as a neo-Nazi white supremacist activist and recruiter, Tom “TJ” Leyden, experienced a profound change of heart, turned away from hate and began teaching tolerance.

Gandhi-King Essay Contest: 

Winners will be announced at the Peace Jam Concert on Thursday, Feb. 28. For entry details, visit the Office of Multicultural Programs, Gandhi-King Center, Suite 203 or visit

Event supported by the U.S Institute of Peace Public Education for Peacebuilding Support initiative, Valparaiso University Cultural Arts Committee, Christ College, BSO, Office of International Programs, Residence Life, Graduate School, Department of Sociology, Panhellenic and Interfraternity Councils , College of Engineering, Office of the Provost, Athletics Department, Christ College and the Office of Multicultural Programs.