Portland Conference on Social Media, Nonviolence and Global Conflict
Friday, May 31, 2013 - 8:00am to Friday, May 31, 2013 - 3:30pm

Can Facebook and Twitter uses address hate and prevent violent conflict half a world away? Can texting and crowdsourcing build peace and promote nonviolent social change? These and other timely questions are the focus of a free conference featuring internationally recognized scholars:

"Promoting Nonviolence, Addressing Hate, Preventing Global Conflicts:
The Role of Media"

Friday, May 31, 2013
Smith Memorial Student Union
1825 SW Broadway | Portland, OR
Portland State University
Free | Registration required

Peace-building scholar Joseph G. Block and Internet extremism expert Abbee Corb headline the special one-day event sponsored by the Gonzaga University Institute for Hate Studies, Portland State University Department of Conflict Resolution, and the Jubitz Family Foundation War Prevention Initiative. 

This seminar-style event will include keynote addresses and workshops focused on the complex role of media communication, modes, and outlets as affecting the aims of addressing hatred, promoting nonviolence, building peace, and preventing war in international context. Of special interest is the how to harness social media and other virtual media, and how to prevent their abuses, in service of these aims. 

Workshops will address topics such as:

  • Multi-Track Diplomacy for Peacebuilding through Social Media
  • Practical Peacebuilding: Development Work and Use of Social media to Foster Peace in Conflict-Affected Areas
  • Promoting Nonviolence: The role of Religious Leadership and Organizations
  • Overcoming Hate: Re(Claiming) Narrative through Social Media
  • The Relationship between Social Media and Face-to-Face Nonviolent Organizing
  • The Social Media in Peace & Conflict: Complexities, Challenges, and Opportunities in an Era of Globalization
  • Social Media and Organized Hate: Domestic vs. Global Radicalization as Security Concerns
  • Use of Social Media for Nonviolent Conflict to Promote Justice
  • Use of Social Media to Foster Peace in the 2013 Kenyan Presidential Election

All conference sessions are free and open to the public, but preregistration is required. Visit for more information.