Agenda - Friday, Nov. 4

1:00 p.m.
Introductions and Welcome
Steven Youngblood, Center for Global Peace Journalism, Park University
1:15 p.m.
"We Have Met the Enemy, and He Is Us: Reducing Information-processing Load to Increase Individual-based Reasoning"
Dennis Kerkman, Park University
 
Dr. Dennis D. Kerkman was born in north-central Kansas, grew up in Lawrence, received his BA in Psychology at KU, his MS in Psychology at University of Georgia, his Ph.D. in Developmental & Child Psychology at KU, and completed postdoctoral studies at Carnegie Melon University. He came to Park University in 2003. He has served as an educational assessment consultant for the Mexican government on a multi-million dollar early childhood STEM program. He has published research on the influence of Sesame Street and other educational television on children, early development of mathematical and scientific reasoning, and spatial reasoning. For the past 12 years, most of his research has focused on cultural differences, especially in attitudes toward the environment and the adoption of new educational technologies.
 
1:45 p.m.
"What's Wrong with Dualisms? Rethinking the DIchotomy of Us Vs. Them"
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.
Break - Cookies!
 
2:30 p.m.
"What Does Reconciliation Look Like?"
Tom Patterson, Johnson County Community College
 
Dr. Tom Patterson is not a native of Kansas City, but he got here as soon as he could. He is an Associate Professor and Director of International Education at Johnson County Community College. He received his BSc in English at Dickinson State University, his MA in Linguistics at the University of Texas in Arlington, and his Ph.D. in English Language and Literature from the National University of Singapore. He has worked for a number of universities abroad in Poland, Japan, and Singapore. In addition, Tom was a Fulbright scholar in 2009 in Germany. His most recent work has been focused on infusing peace education across the curriculum, making more study abroad opportunities available to students, and reading Emily Dickinson through Daoist eyes.
 
3:00 p.m.
"Taking the U out of University: The Value of Campus Inclusivity"
President Greg Gunderson, Park University
 
Greg Gunderson was appointed as the 17th President of Park University effective January 15, 2016 by the Park University Board of Trustees. Before joining Park, Gunderson served nearly five years as the vice president and chief financial officer of Webster University in St. Louis, and directed the financial processes for Webster’s 68 campuses around the world. Gunderson earned his doctoral degree in educational leadership in higher education from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. A native of Omaha, Gunderson’s family includes his wife of 27 years, Laurie, an attorney, and their two sons, David, a student at Webster University, and Jack, a high school senior. In his spare time, Gunderson makes writing pens with a wood lathe and enjoys the sport of curling.
 
3:30 p.m.
Reflections on presentations
Dr. Fida Chang, Sukkur IBA, Pakistan

Dr. Fida Hussain Chang, Assistant Professor of Education and the Director of Distance Education at Sukkur Institute of Business Administration in Pakistan, grew up in a rural Pakistani family with access to a basic education. Through his hard work and persistence, he eventually earned two masters’ degrees in Pakistan and a PhD from Michigan State University. Dr. Chang is devoting his career to giving students from disadvantaged areas the opportunity to receive a quality education, a goal which crosses tribal, religious, economic, linguistic, and even national boundaries.

 
3:50 p.m.
Closing remarks – Steven Youngblood, Park University