The University of St. Thomas will host a concert that precedes a national conference, “Committing to Peace: Generation to Generation,” by the Midwest Institute for Social Transformation at the end of the month.

The concert, at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 28, in O’Shaughnessy Educational Center auditorium, features folksinger and storyteller Utah Phillips, recording artist and environmentalist Larry Long, and friends Judy Larson and Bill Hinckley. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students. To order, send a check or money order to Committing Concert, 1292 Niles Ave., St. Paul, MN 55116.

The conference, Oct. 29-31 at the Radisson Hotel, St. Paul, will focus on the history and future of nonviolent dissent in America, uniting longtime, well-known activists with youth.

The conference involves a wide range of participants: labor activists, religious activists, historians, peace activists, writers, musicians, educators, humorists and environmentalists. The conference is the culmination of a six-month campaign for nonviolent education, illustrating and presenting alternatives to violence.

Among scheduled presenters: Clyde Bellecourt, Daniel Berrigan, Robert Bly, David Dellinger, Sister Shar Madigan, Polly Mann, David Mura, Grace Paley, Sister Rita Steinhagen, Liz Winstead and many other notables.

Cost of the three-day conference is $60 for adults and $30 for students. Single-day admission is $20 for adults and $10 for students.

For further information and conference registration, go to Registration forms also are available near the Justice and Peace Studies bulletin board on the east end of third floor, Aquinas Hall.