Twenty years ago the United States invaded the sovereign nation of Iraq. By the time U.S. forces left in 2011, more than 100,000 people had been killed, thousands more had fled, and fundamentalist militias ruled the streets. How does such a calamity reverberate through time? How does war live within us, even when we are at peace?
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Past Keynote Events
This year marks the 20th anniversary of the United States invasion of Iraq, which led to more than 100,000 individuals dead, the destabilization of the Middle East, and long-term consequences for the U.S. Join a panel of experts for a conversation about the aftermaths of these events for war and peace.
Join us for an inspiring talk by Cardinal Robert W. McElroy, followed by a panel discussion on new and old threats to peace in light of the war in Ukraine.
Join University President Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C. for a Prayer Service For Peace in Ukraine.
This event is the fourth of four film screenings hosted each Wednesday throughout February 2023 as part of the Notre Dame Forum on "War and Peace."
One of the most revered filmmakers of all time, Rithy Panh's career has been marked by innovative approaches to making films about the unfilmable, particularly the impact of life under the Khmer Rouge. The Missing Picture exemplifies his work as it explores Rithy Panh's quest for a photograph taken between 1975 and 1979 by the Khmer Rouge when they ruled over Cambodia.
This event is the third of four film screenings hosted each Wednesday throughout February 2023 as part of the Notre Dame Forum on "War and Peace."
In a time of conflict and darkness in her home in Aleppo, Syria, one young woman kept her camera rolling while falling in love, getting married, having a baby, and saying goodbye as her city crumbled.
This event is the second of four film screenings hosted each Wednesday throughout February 2023 as part of the Notre Dame Forum on "War and Peace."
Upon its release in 1929, Erich Maria Remarque's All Quiet on the Western Front was quickly adapted into a film directed by Lewis Milestone, which won the Best Picture Oscar.
Nearly a century later, a new adaptation from Germany directed by Edward Berger arrives, complete with a parallel narrative not found in Remarque's novel. Still, the plot tracks the story familiar to many: A young German soldier enlists in World War I with idealism that cracks when confronted with the brutal realities of trench warfare.
This event is the first of four film screenings hosted each Wednesday throughout February 2023 as part of the Notre Dame Forum on "War and Peace."
Belonging to a set of films made with not much distance from the historical event featured, The Hurt Locker is set in 2004 and debuted in 2008 while the Iraq War carried on. That fusion of the past and present gave an immediacy to a film aiming to bring the high tension of the Iraq War to its (largely American) audience.
As part of this year’s Notre Dame Forum, the University, in partnership with Theater of War Productions, hosted a dramatic reading of an ancient Greek tragedy, Aeschylus’ "The Suppliants," by Emmy Award-winning actors Anthony Edwards and Keith David along with actor and director Tate Donovan in Notre Dame Stadium.