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Park University Co-Hosting KC Area Peacebuilding Conference

Oct. 15, 2019 — Park University and two other Kansas City area higher education institutions are co-hosting a conference that will explore how peacebuilders around the world have positively impacted their communities by advocating for human rights. “Human Rights: The Foundation of Peace Building” is the theme for the 2019 Greater Kansas City Peacebuilding Conference, Thursday, Oct. 31, through Saturday, Nov. 2. Admission to the conference, which is open to the public, is free, but registration is required.

The conference opens on Oct. 31 at Avila University’s Whitfield Conference Center with a lunch and conversation with Rwandan activist Felix Manzi, beginning at 11 a.m.

On Friday, Nov. 1, the conference moves to Park University’s Park Distance Learning Conference Center (within the Parkville Commercial Underground), from 1 to 4 p.m. The afternoon will open with an introduction on human rights and journalism and will be followed by discussions on media, human rights and the African-American and Latino communities, before concluding with a session on the view of human rights and journalism abroad.

The conference concludes on Nov. 2 at Johnson County (Kan.) Community College’s Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art and the Regnier Center with presentations from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., followed by a lunch and facilitated conversation. Presentations will cover the question of what are human rights, human rights as the foundation of peacebuilding and human rights in Kansas City, as well as a selection of breakout sessions on human rights successes and challenges.

For more information about the conference and to register, visit

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