Agenda - Friday, Oct. 30

1:00 p.m.
Introdcuations and Welcome
Steven Youngblood, Center for Global Peace Journalism

Paper Presentations

Paper presentations are 20 minutes, and are followed by a 10-minute question and answer period.

1:15 p.m.
"Promoting Peace Through Education"
Judi Estes, PhD, assistant professor, Park University
Judi Estes holds a Master’s degree in Psychology: Mental Health Services and a Ph.D. in Behavioral Psychology. Dr. Estes worked with K-12 students with emotional disorders which led her to develop an interest in how “peace” strategies can be taught to students, positively impacting students lives and those who come into contact with them. For the past seven years, Dr. Estes has worked with the Rasur Foundation International becoming a trainer, coach, and teacher for the Connection Practice which combines training in non-violent communication and heart-brain coherence. The theory that Dr. Estes promotes is that children who learn to modulate their emotions and mediate conflict grow into adults who have the capacity to do the same.
1:45 p.m.
"Using Comparative Philosophy to Teach and Promote Peace"
Dawn M. Gale, professor, Johnson County Community College
Dawn Gale is a Professor of Philosophy at Johnson County Community College. She received JCCC's Distinguished Service Award from 2012-2013 and again from 2014-2015. Gale's main philosophical interests are ethics, political philosophy, feminism, and Asian philosophy. Gale recently received JCCC's International Education grant to participate in the Japan Studies Association's faculty development workshop, Remembering Hiroshima and Nagasaki 1945-2015. This follows her second year of participation in a workshop on comparative philosophy facilitated by the Univ. of Tokyo and the University of Hawaii.
2:15 p.m.
2:30 p.m.
"Teaching Empathy and Promoting Peace Through the Exploration of a Unique Refugee Experience: Post-War Germany"
Gary Bachman, associate professor of social work, Park University
Prior to joining the faculty at Park, Gary Bachman was with the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Kansas School of Medicine. Achieving the rank of Assistant Professor there, he provided both clinical and medical social work services in addition to the mentoring and "hands on" teaching of resident physicians and medical students to recognize and respond to the of social, familial, political and environmental determinants influencing peoples health. He still holds a volunteer faculty appointment with the Medical School.
3:00 p.m.
"Using the Arts to Inspire Youth Activism and Peacemaking"
Ira Harritt, Kansas City program coordinator, American Friends Service Committee
Ira Harritt has been the program coordinator of the Kansas City Office of the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) since 1986. In that capacity he has organized campaigns and actions on social and economic justice, opposition to war, promotion of peace, and conflict resolution. He has been a proponent and educator in the field of youth conflict resolution and mediation since the mid 1980's and has developed and conducted youth empowerment and leadership programs including the Help Increase the Peace Project.
3:30 p.m.
Reflections on presentations – David J. Smith. professor, attorney, mediator
David Smith has nearly 30 years' experience as a practicing lawyer, family and community mediator, college professor, author, senior manager, and consultant. He has taught and consulted at all levels of higher education and has worked and consulted with over 150 colleges and universities around the U.S. He has given over 500 talks on peacebuilding, social justice, conflict resolution, and international education.
3:50 p.m.
Closing remarks – Steven Youngblood, Center for Global Peace Journalism