Peacebuilding: Redefining "Us vs. Them"
Nov. 4-5, 2016

The conference is free and open to the public. Register for Saturday's free lunch.

Friday, Nov. 4

1-4 p.m.
Park University
PDL Conference Center


Keynote Speaker

Fida Hussain Chang
Director of Distance Education
Sukkur (Pakistan) Institute of Business Administration

"Discovering 'Them' in 'Us': The View from Pakistan"

Saturday, Nov. 5

9 a.m.-3:15 p.m.
Johnson County Community College
Regnier Center


A two-day conference exploring the role of identity in building and maintaining a lasting peace

The keynote speaker Saturday morning will be Fida Hussain Chang, director of distance education at Sukkur IBA in Sukkur, Pakistan. He grew up in a rural town in a southern province of Pakistan, riding his bicycle between fields of wheat, cotton, sugarcane, mangoes and bananas.

At age 18, Chang became an untrained primary school teacher, and after a few years decided to pursue studies in education. In 2014, he completed his doctorate degree in curriculum, instruction and teacher education at Michigan State University. The title of his presentation for the peacebuilding conference is "Discovering 'Them' in 'Us': The View from Pakistan."

Sessions throughout the day Saturday will appeal to different career and academic interests.

  • Business: "The Importance of Peace and Stability to Global Business" (2:15 p.m.)
  • Education: "Education as a Tool for Peace in Pakistan" (1:15 p.m.)
  • Healthcare: "Unlocking Peace Through Humanitarian Aid: Taking the First Steps" (1:15 p.m.) and “Moving from ‘You and Me’ to ‘Us’ Through Service in Uganda” (2:15 p.m.)
  • Journalism: "Peace Journalism and the Rhetoric of the 2016 Election" (11 a.m.)
  • Political science: "United Nations and Peacebuilding" (1:15 p.m.)
  • Women's studies: "Women as a Bridge Between Us and Them" (2:15 p.m.)

You will have the opportunity to meet and visit with members of Kansas City's organizations who have engaged in post-conflict peacebuilding in troubled areas throughout the world.

The conference is ideal for college students interested in the larger topics of:

  • International relations
  • Journalism
  • Healthcare in developing the world
  • Social justice
  • Peace/conflict studies

Not-for-profit organizations will have information available for those interested in joining their efforts.

Sponsored by:

  • Johnson County Community College
  • Medical Missions Foundation
  • Park University
  • International Relations Council