Park University’s Center for Global Peace Journalism to be Featured at Peace Building Conference

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

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Steven Youngblood
Steven Youngblood (right), director of the Center for Global Peace Journalism at Park University and associate professor of communication arts, will give the keynote address at a peace building conference hosted by Johnson County Community College on Saturday, Nov. 1, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The conference, which is free and open to the public, will be held in the M.R. and Evelyn Hudson Auditorium and the Regnier Center on the JCCC campus.

The conference, “Culture of Forgiveness: Peace Building Lessons from Uganda,” will explore peace building initiatives in northern Uganda, with a special focus on how forgiveness is essential to building peace in post-conflict societies. Youngblood’s speech is titled “Peace and Reconciliation Journalism: Do You Forgive Joseph Kony?”

In addition to Youngblood’s presentation, three Park students will lead a breakout session on “Students Making Peace.” Bailey Puckett, sophomore political science/international politics major from St. Joseph, Mo. (attended Platte County High School, Platte City, Mo.), Doreen Nakigiri, sophomore information and computer science/software engineering major from Kampala, Uganda, and Sarah Stout, senior English writing major from Kansas City, Mo., will discuss their peace building experiences.

The conference will attract members of Kansas City’s organizations that have engaged in post-conflict peace building in northern Uganda and elsewhere, as well as students interested in larger topics, such as international relations and journalism. Not-for-profit organizations working in Uganda will have information available to those interested in joining their efforts.

The conference is co-sponsored by Park University’s Center for Global Peace Journalism, Johnson County Community College, the JCCC Foundation, the University of Kansas School of Nursing, Medical Missions Foundation, Overland Park (Kan.) Rotary Club, Research College of Nursing and the United Nations Association of Greater Kansas City.

A free lunch is available to those who register in advance. For more information about the conference or to register, visit http://bit.ly/1DACyfJ.