We arrange educational events to supplement our classroom work and internships, including sponsoring films and speakers, hosting conferences and organizing off-campus volunteer projects. Students in the program, along with other students, have a club known as the Peace & Justice Coalition, which has regular meetings and organizes various campus activities. The program edits the internationally circulated quarterly journal Peace Review.




Spring 2015

FALL 2014


Community In Conversation: Veteran Event



Conversations With Veteran Communities, a three-day workshop series featuring U.S. service members in light of Veterans Day. Each workshop is an opportunity for an exchange of experiences. Whether engaging through pulp beating or drum medicine, the purpose is to provide a space for conversations and interactive activities to highlight issues that are of importance to veterans here in the Bay Area (and beyond). With the selection of events, we hope to draw in a diversity of voices --- from campus, but also from the community at large. These workshops are free and open to the public.
 These Peace and Justice Studies workshops are co- sponsored by the generosity of the following USF departments, programs, and centers: Art + Architecture: Fine Arts, International Studies, Performing Arts and Social Justice, Philosophy, Politics, Sociology Departments; Chicano and Latino Studies, Critical Diversity Studies, Gender and Sexuality Studies Undergraduate Programs; International Studies, Public Affairs, Urban Affairs Graduate Programs; the Leo T. McCarthy Center; the Joan and Ralph Lane Center for Catholic Studies and Social Thought; University Ministry; the Women in Leadership & Philanthropy program; the President's Advisory Committee on the Status of Women is the main sponsor of PAPER DOLLS.








As the first event in a three-part series focused on veterans, the Combat Paper Project will be coming to campus for a papermaking workshop that involves pulping U.S. military uniforms.  The Combat Paper Project is based in San Francisco, CA with affiliate paper mills in New Jersey, New York and Nevada. The project has made international appearances, providing workshops, exhibitions, performances and artists' talks. Combat Paper is made possible through the collaborative effort of artists, veterans, volunteers, colleges and universities, art collectors, cultural foundations, art spaces, military hospitals and installations. Conversation and inquiry are encouraged.


"Coming home from war is a difficult thing. There is often much to account for as a survivor. A new language must be developed in order to express the magnitude and variety of the collective effect. Hand papermaking is the language of Combat Paper. By working in communities directly affected by warfare and using the uniforms and artifacts from their experiences, a transformation occurs and our collective language is born.


Through papermaking workshops, veterans use their uniforms worn in service to create works of art. The uniforms are cut up, beaten into a pulp and formed into sheets of paper. Participants use the transformative process of papermaking to reclaim their uniforms as art and express their experiences with the military.


Through ongoing participation in the papermaking process, we are broadening the traditional narrative surrounding the military experience and warfare. The work also generates a much-needed conversation between veterans and civilians regarding our collective responsibilities and shared understanding in war. The Combat Paper Project is based in San Francisco, CA." ---Drew F. Cameron


Drew F. Cameron is the co-founder and director of CPP. He is a U.S. Army Veteran that served from 2000-2006. He has a degree in Forestry from the University of Vermont and travels nationally to promote the pulp and the combat paper. His home base is San Francisco, CA.


<<Listen to a recent KBOO interview with Cameron here>>
















 "You cannot demand peace, you can only become it. You cannot fight for peace, you can only live it.”
On Veterans Day, Turtle Women Rising’s Eli Painted Crow [Retired, US Army] and Michelle Zamora [Ceremonial Singer and Army Brat] will lead a drum circle and discuss the use of native drum medicine in creating space for veterans’ healing and their return to community. A ceremonial drum collective founded and led by indigenous women, Turtle Women Rising invites everyone to actively engage in this peacemaking through the heartbeat of the ceremonial drum. As such, TWR is deeply committed to “the honoring of our warriors and inviting them back into community.”
 “Every living thing has a vibration, a heartbeat. This vibration has the power to heal, to transform and raise consciousness, heal our hearts, activate our bodies, and feed our spirit.” TWR welcomes all traditions and all nations. Individually and collectively, they represent the vision of women stepping up and returning to their ceremonial roles as guardians of the elements, the fire, the drum. They invite your participation during their gatherings and “always, from your homes, with your families and your communities, to consciously connect the web of all life.”
 According to the Department of Defense, American Indians and Alaska Natives have one of the highest representations in the armed forces. Native Americans also have a higher concentration of female service members than all other groups. The reasons behind this disproportionate contribution are complex and deeply rooted in traditional American Indian culture. While, in many respects, Native Americans are no different from others who volunteer for military service, they do have distinctive cultural values that drive them to serve their country. One such value is their proud warrior tradition that Turtle Women Rising reclaims for peaceful purposes.
 More about Turtle Women Rising here










  Paper Dolls: Stories From Women Who Served [edited by Pam DeLuco] is a handmade book that contains twenty stories spanning more than forty years of service and all branches of the military.
These stories represent the collective experience of women in the armed forces. Using paper created from military uniforms as a starting point, women veterans share personal stories and participate in the hand making of these carefully conceived limited edition books in an attempt to change people’s preconceived ideas of women in the military.
 The following participants of the Paper Dolls project will tell their stories at USF:
 Marie Gray [U.S. Navy, 1987-1994]
 Dottie Guy [U.S. Army, 2000-2008]]
 Ardrina Hoxey [U.S. Navy, 2002-2010]
 Star Lara [U.S. Army, 1995-2007
 JoAnn Martinez [U.S. Air Force, 2000-2002]
 Kelly McFarland [U.S. Navy, 1989-2009]
 Margarita Molina [U.S. Air Force 1994-1997]
 Michele Spencer [U.S. Army, 1986-Current]
 Jennifer Vollbrecht [U.S. Marines 2004-2009]
 Kathleen Wright [U.S. Marines, 1965-1977]
 More information here: http://shotwellpapermill.com/collaborations/paperdolls/ [Books can be purchased here or at the event itself]




For questions or concerns contact:

Annick Wibben (awibben@usfca.edu) or Erika Myszynski (emyszynski@usfca.edu


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