Keynote Bios




Jack Nelson-Pallmeyer is Associate Professor of Justice and Peace Studies at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota. He is a graduate of St. Olaf College where he majored in Political Science and of the Union Theological Seminary in New York City where he received a Master of Divinity degree.

Jack is an activist academic whose life and work are focused on addressing the political, economic, faith, and foreign policy dimensions of hunger and poverty. He is the author of thirteen books, some of which have been used by progressive social change movements in the United States and throughout the world. He addresses many issues related to religion and violence, the nonviolent practices of Jesus, and many problems associated with U.S. militarism.  His most recent book is entitled Authentic Hope: It’s the End of the World as We Know It but Soft Landings Are Possible.

At present, Jack is focused on how and why the United States became a permanent warfare state with few seeming to care; alternatives to violence; climate change and ecological challenges; inequality; and pathways to meaningful social change.

Jack’s faculty page at the University of Saint Thomas





Dr. Elizabeth Buchanan received her BA degree from Rutgers University and her Master’s and Doctorate from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She is currently the Endowed Chair in Ethics and Director of the Center for Applied Ethics at the University of Wisconsin-Stout. During 2015-2017, she is serving as Director of Research Administration, where she is responsible for overseeing IRB, IACUC, research misconduct, and grants and contracts.

Elizabeth has published widely with a focus on the intersection of research regulations and Internet research. She has presented to many IRBs throughout the country and research ethics boards internationally. In addition, she’s presented to the Secretary’s Advisory Committee to the Office for Human Research Protections on multiple occasions, and was a primary contributor to the SACHRP Recommendations on Internet Research. She has also been a keynote speaker for a number of Office for Human Research Protections Community Research Forums. Elizabeth is active in Public Responsibility in Medicine and Research, serving on the faculty roster since 2008 and serving on the Conference Planning Committee since 2012. She was the Conference Co-Chair of PRIM&R’s SBER 2015 conference, and as of 2016, joined the Board of Directors. Also, Elizabeth has been a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science Committee on Scientific Freedom and Responsibility since 2012.

In addition to her work on Internet research, Elizabeth is currently PI on her fourth National Science Foundation grant. In her recent study, she is looking at the ethical implications of service learning programs, and specifically, Engineers without Borders.

Elizabeth’s faculty page at the University of Wisconsin-Stout