Conference at Park University, JCCC to Explore Role of Education in Peacebuilding

Friday, October 23, 2015

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The role of education in peacebuilding will be the featured topic of discussion at an event co-hosted by Park University and Johnson County (Kan.) Community College on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 30-31.

The event, “Teaching Peace: Education as an Essential Peacebuilding Tool,” will be held on Friday from 1 to 4 p.m. in Park University’s Park Distance Learning Conference Center (located within the Parkville Commercial Underground), and on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. at JCCC’s Regnier Center. Admission to the conference is free and open to the public.

Friday’s portion of the conference will include paper presentations from Judi Simmons Estes, Ph.D., associate dean of the School for Education at Park University and associate professor of elementary and secondary teacher preparation; Dawn Gale, professor of philosophy, JCCC; Gary Bachman, associate professor of social work, Park University; and Ira Harritt, Kansas City program coordinator, American Friends Service Committee.

Saturday’s agenda opens with a presentation of the film “Fragile Island of Peace,” a video by Jamil Simon about the peace process in Burundi and powerful personal stories from those who have used education as peacebuilding tools in Guatemala, Turkey and Uganda. David J. Smith, J.D., president of the Center for Peacebuilding and Humanitarian Education Inc., will present the keynote address, “Peacebuilding and Education: A Critical Nexus to Ensuring 21st Century Prosperity, Engagement and a Better World.” Presentations on a medical mission project in Romania, and Park University projects in Guatemala (student nursing project) and Turkey (peace journalism project) will also be discussed, and participants will be able to choose from six breakout sessions. Lunch is included during Saturday’s session, but registration is required.

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