Forums, Speakers, and Conferences

We host co-curricular interdisciplinary conferences, symposiums and forums for ongoing faculty, staff and student enrichment. Community members are also welcome!

CJR Director, Dr. Jamie Gates, is a frequent speaker at community events. As a lead researcher on the project "Measuring the Nature and Extent of Gang Involvement in Sex Trafficking in San Diego", Dr. Gates regularly presents the findings of the study and helps educate the community about human trafficking.

In 2014, the CJR and PLNU hosted a county-wide summit: "Combating Human Trafficking - Best Practices for Today and Tomorrow: A summit coordinated by the San Diego County Regional Human Trafficking and Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children Advisory Council." The summit was an outgrowth of the collaborative meetings and strategic planning already in process since 2011 through the Advisory Council. the summit was the mechanism by which best practices and recommendations were conveyed to the County Board of Supervisors in October 2014. See the full report to the County Board of Supervisors.

In June 2015, the Center for Justice & Reconciliation was asked by the leaders of the nationally recognized Justice Conference to co-lead (with International Justice Misssion) a pre-conference on anti-human trafficking for conference attendees.

Along with PLNU's Wesleyan Center, Center for Pastoral Leadership, Center for Women's Studies, and the Writer's Symposium by the Sea, we co-hosted the conference Nurturing the Prophetic Imagination in Spring 2010. Our plenary speakers included Bill McKibben, Christian environmental activist, author, and scholar in residence at Middlebury College; Kathleen Norris, poet and essayist; Michael Eric Dyson, sociologist and theologian from Georgetown University; and Emmanuel Katongole, theologian and associate professor of theology and world Christianity at Duke Divinity School. Guest speaker William T. Cavanaugh, professor of theology at the University of St. Thomas, and guest emcee Ron Benefiel also were a part of the conference.