Peacebuilding Conference

Friday - October 30, 2015
1:00 PM
PDL Conference Center at Park University

Teaching Peace: Education as an Essential Peace-building Tool

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – Park University and Johnson County Community College will host a two-day conference on Friday-Saturday, Oct. 30-31, that will explore the role of education in peacebuilding.

The event, free and open to the public, is titled “Teaching Peace: Education as an Essential Peace-building Tool”. It will begin with a half-day academic conference at Park University from 1 p.m.-4 p.m., featuring four paper presentations by leading academics and peace-builders: Dr. Judi Estes, assistant professor Park University; professor Dawn M. Gale, Johnson County Community College; Gary Bachman, associate professor of social work, Park University and Ira Harritt, Kansas City program coordinator, American Friends Service Committee.

The second day of the conference will be held at JCCC from 9 a.m.-3:15 p.m., in Hudson Auditorium, located on the second floor of the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Arts, and at the nearby Regnier Center.

David J. Smith, an internationally recognized peace-building speaker, trainer and writer, will give the keynote address: “Peace-building and Education: A Critical Nexus to Ensuring 21st Century Prosperity, Engagement and a Better World.

The conference is geared toward students, faculty, community members and others who are interested in international relations, journalism, healthcare in developing world, social justice and peace/conflict studies. 

While the event is free, we ask that you register so we'll know how many to expect. You can register online at the peacebuilding conference website.