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 http://www.circlevision.org. Registration forms also are available near the Justice and Peace Studies bulletin board on the east end of third floor, Aquinas Hall.