Greater KC Peacebuilding Conference
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Now in its sixth year, the Greater KC Peacebuilding Conference looks at peacebuilding from local, national, and international perspectives. The 2018 theme is Achievements in Peacebuilding: Stories from the Field. Events include a film screening/panel discussion (Thursday), academic symposium (Friday), and community conference (Saturday). Saturday's keynote speaker will be Amb. Bill Taylor, EVP at USIP. All events are free and open to the public; RSVP requested. All are welcome.

 Export to Your Calendar 10/25/2018 to 10/27/2018
When: Thursday, October 25, to Saturday, October 27, 2018
Where: Avila University (Thursday), Park University (Friday), and JCCC (Saturday)
See below for day-specific information
United States
Contact: Tom Patterson
913-469-8500, ext. 3496

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Thursday, October 25 – 4:30-8 p.m. – Avila University

Focus: Building Peace through the Arts

A papermaking workshop with the Peace Paper Project » will be offered from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for those interested.

The Thursday evening program will include a film screening, reception, and panel discussion.
4:30 p.m.  Film Screening: The Visitor »
6:15          Reception with hors d'oeuvres, beer, wine, and soft drinks
7:00          Panel discussion


Friday, October 26 – 1-4 p.m. – Park University PDL-Underground

Focus: Radio as an Effective Peacebuilding Tool: Achievements from Africa and America
Radio has proven to be an effective tool worldwide to bridge divides between disparate groups and to facilitate difficult but necessary societal discussions. In this afternoon program, we will explore radio’s role as an effective peacebuilding tool in Africa, and in Kansas City.

1 p.m.     Welcome
1:10        Radio and Peace in Cameroon featuring the Cameroon Community Media Network via Skype
1:30        Radio and Peace in East Africa (Uganda and South Sudan) with Steve Youngblood, Director, Center for Global Peace Journalism
2:10        Break and Student Posters
2:30        Public Radio and Peace in Kansas City with Laura Ziegler, KCUR
3:10        Peacebuilding with KKFI – Spencer Graves and Bill Clause
3:50        Closing remarks


Saturday, October 27 – 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. – Johnson County Community College

Focus: Achievements in Peacebuilding: Stories from the Field
All Saturday events will be held in the Regnier Center at JCCC. The day will include a cost-free catered lunch for those who register in advance.

8:30 a.m.   Registration, coffee, and networking
9:00           Welcome
9:15           "Peacebuilding Achievement: Measuring the Unmeasurable?" – Steve Youngblood, Director, Center for Global Peace Journalism
9:30           Keynote: "Achievements in Peacebuilding: Stories from the Field" – Ambassador Bill Taylor, Executive Vice President, U.S. Institute of Peace
10:30         Break: coffee and networking
10:45         Panel: "Local Peacebuilders Telling Stories of Achievement"
12:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00           Concurrent breakout sessions
1:45           Break: coffee and networking
2:00           Concurrent breakout sessions
2:50           Reflection and door prizes


To Register

All conference events are free and open to the public. Saturday's program does include lunch, but registration is required. For more information, a complete schedule, venue-specific directions, and to register for any or all of the three days, please visit JCCC's website ».

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