Peacebuilding and Nonviolence: Beyond the Cliches
November 2-4, 2017

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

Thursday, Nov. 2

4-7:30 p.m.
Avila University
Thornhill Gallery

Screening and discussion of Chi Raq

Map

Friday, Nov. 3

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

Academic Papers and Posters

Map

Saturday, Nov. 4

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

Community Presentations and Keynote Speaker

Map


Thursday, November 2

Film Screening and Discussion, Avila University
Thornhill Gallery in the Dallavis Building

4 p.m. Screening of the film "Chi-Raq"

6 p.m. Reception

6:30 p.m. Panel Discussion

  • Professor Kevin Willmott, co-writer of "Chi-Raq" and professor of film (University of Kansas)
  • Maj. Louie Perez, division commander of the South Patrol Division (Kansas City Police Department)
  • Ms. Tanya Hughes, student (Avila University)

Sponsored by The Buchanan Initiative for Peace and Nonviolence, The Center for Digital Advocacy and Avila University

Friday, November 3

Academic Session, Park University
Commercial Underground

12:45 p.m. Meet and Greet / Student Posters

  • Alejandro Mendoza (JCCC): "Bringing Peace into the Latino Community"
  • Graham Murphy (JCCC): "Flint, Michigan: The Manmade Disaster"
  • Maria Soberanis (JCCC): "The Correlation between Income, Education and Crime"
  • Sharron Doyle (Park University)
  • Nate Robinson (Park University)
  • Gracyn Reed (Avila University)
  • Sammy Santos (Avila University)

1 p.m. Opening Comments

Steven Youngblood, director, Center for Global Peace Journalism, Park University

1:10 p.m.

"Peacebuilding through Management of Political Conflict: Prospects for Alternatives to Liberal Democracy"
Taylor Smith, student, JCCC

"An Ethos of Pluralization: Promoting Peace through Agonistic Democracy"
Marie Paxton, political science faculty, JCCC

1:40 p.m. Discussion

1:50 p.m.

"Framing Theory, Audience Perceptions, and Non-Violence: Literature Review/Overview"
Olga Paschenko, student, Park University

"How These Perceptions Apply to Nonviolence"
Lora Cohn, associate professor, communication, Park University

2:20 p.m. Discussion

2:30 p.m. Break / Student Posters

2:45 p.m.

"Violence and Nonviolence in Guatemala"
Franco (Pedro) Augmento, student, Avila University

"HELLO as a Model for Nonviolent Movements"
Nicole Esquibel, associate professor and dean, School of VisCom, Avila University

3:15 p.m. Discussion

3:25 p.m. Summary and Response

Steven Youngblood, Director, Center for Global Peace Journalism, Park University

3:35 p.m. Discussion

3:45 p.m. Adjourn

Saturday, November 4
Community Session, Johnson County Community College
Regnier Center

8:30 a.m. Registration, coffee, and networking
Hudson Auditorium

9 a.m. Welcome
Hudson Auditorium

  • Matthew Hughes, executive director, International Relations Council: moderator
  • Dr. Joe Sopcich, JCCC president

9:15 a.m. "What Is Peacebuilding?"
Hudson Auditorium

Steven Youngblood, director, Center for Global Peace Journalism, Park University

9:30 a.m. Keynote Address
Hudson Auditorium

"Women as Essential Nonviolent Peacebuilding Leaders: Lessons from Africa"
Sita Ranchod-Nilsson, Former Director, Institute for Developing Nations (IDN), a partnership between Emory University and The Carter Center

10:30 a.m. Break: Coffee and Networking
RC Atrium

10:45 a.m. Panel: "Faces of Nonviolence"
Hudson Auditorium

  • Arica Maurer, Buchanan Initiative for Peace & Nonviolence: moderator
  • Dr. Sofia Khan, founder, KC for Refugees
  • Raymond Kingfisher, water protector/community activist
  • Sister Rose McLarney, CSJ, Journey House

Noon Lunch
RC 101

1 p.m. Breakout Session No. 1

"Advancing Nonviolence in Post-conflict Contexts"
RC 175
Sita Ranchod-Nilsson, Former Director, Institute for Developing Nations (IDN)

"How Kansas City Learned to Love Refugees"
RC 181
Dr. Sofia Khan, founder, KC for Refugees

"Overcoming Christian and Muslim Sectarian Violence"
RC 145
Sister Jeannette Londadjim, CSJ, activist-in-residence at Buchanan Initiative for Peace and Nonviolence, Avila University

1:45 p.m. Break: Coffee and Networking
RC Atrium

2 p.m. Breakout Session No. 2

"The Dakota Access Pipeline Protests"
RC 175
Raymond Kingfisher, water protector/community activist

"The Impact of Domestic Violence on the Workplace"
RC 181
Anne Brewer, SafeHome

"Transcending Media Clichés"
RC 145
Steven Youngblood, director, Center for Global Peace Journalism, Park University

2:50 p.m. Reflection and Door Prizes
Hudson Auditorium

Matthew Hughes, executive director, International Relations Council