Park University Hosting International Education Week Events

Thursday, November 6, 2014

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Park University will join educational institutions across the country to celebrate International Education Week, Monday, Nov. 17, through Friday, Nov. 21, focusing on the theme, “Promoting Peace through Collaboration.” Numerous events are scheduled throughout the week on the University’s Parkville Campus, including a faculty symposium and a lecture and mini-concert.

On Tuesday, Nov. 18, a trio of Park faculty will discuss how the elements of peace are reflected in their respective fields, in a symposium that starts at 2:45 p.m. in McCoy Meetin’ House. Judi Simmons Estes, Ph.D., assistant professor of education and chair of elementary and secondary teacher preparation, will consider the role of teaching and peacebuilding in her presentation, “Promoting Peace Through Education; Stephen Bell, Ph.D., J.D., professor of economics, will discuss “The Economics of Peace;” and Steven Youngblood, director of Park’s Center for Global Peace Journalism and associate professor of communication arts, will analyze “The Role of Media in Promoting Peace.”

On Thursday, Nov. 20, renowned Pakistani musician, activist, humanitarian and educator Salman Ahmad will present a discussion on the promotion of peace through activism and a mini-concert beginning at 6 p.m. in Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel. Ahmad formed Junoon in 1990, helping pioneer the Sufi-influenced metal-rock music in Pakistan. His autobiography, Rock & Roll Jihad: A Muslim Rock Star’s Revolution, was published in 2010.

Other featured Park University International Education Week events include:
          •  Monday, Nov. 17 — International Movie Night, Disney’s “Million Dollar Arm,” 6 p.m., Copley Quad
          •  Tuesday, Nov. 18 — TradeWins, 1 to 5:30 p.m., Louise Morden Board Room. TradeWins is an international trade business simulation exercise. For more information or to register, visit
          •  Wednesday, Nov. 19 — Global Career Day, 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Park Distance Learning Conference Center. Event will include a luncheon featuring keynote speaker Danny O’Neill, president/owner and “bean baron” of The Roasterie. The event, co-sponsored by the International Trade Council of Greater Kansas City, costs $10 for students, $20 for ITC members and $40 for non-ITC members. To register, visit For more information, contact Sherry Sebastian, intercultural programming coordinator, at or (816) 584-6384.
          •  Friday, Nov. 21 — It’s a Small World Celebration, 2 to 6 p.m., Thompson Commons. Event will feature table displays, photo booth, Henna and caricature artists, performances, fashion show and parade of nations. In addition, an international dinner will be served from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Pirate Café. The cost for dinner is $7.75 for adults, $4 for children 8 and younger, and free for Park students, faculty and staff with their Park ID card.

For more information on International Education Week, contact the Office of International Student Admissions and Services at or (816) 584-6820.

Please note: Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel and McCoy Meetin’ House have restricted physical access. Park University wants to make available to everyone access to all programs and activities conducted in this building. Requests for physical access accommodations should be addressed in a timely manner to Park University’s Office of Campus Safety at (816) 584-6444. Park University will make all reasonable modifications to ensure that individuals with physical challenges have an equal opportunity to enjoy all programs and activities.