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Agenda - Saturday, November 2
Conference Plenary Session

Johnson County Community College
Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art and the Regnier Center

8:30 – 9:00 Registration and coffee/tea (Regnier Center Atrium)

Plenary Session, Hudson Auditorium

9:00 – 9:15 Welcome

  • Lewis Diuguid, Moderator
  • Dr. Joe Sopcich, JCCC President

9:15 – 9:30 What Are “Human Rights?”

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

9:30 – 10:15 Keynote: “Human Rights – The Foundation of Peacebuilding”

  • Sarah Margon, Foreign Policy Director, The Open Society Foundations

10:15 – 10:30 Break

10:30 – 11:20 Panel discussion: “Human Rights in Kansas City: The Struggle Continues”

  • Poverty: Tara Raghuveer, Housing Campaign Director, People’s Action; Researcher, the Kansas City Eviction Project
  • Criminal Justice: Alvin Brooks, AdHoc Group Against Crime
  • Education: Mark T. Bedell, Ed.D., Superintendent, KCMO Public Schools

Breakout Sessions

11:30 – 12:15 Concurrent sessions: “Human Rights: Successes and Challenges”

  • Gender and Sexual Orientation: CiCi Glasgow, Outreach and Education Manager, Kansas City Anti-Violence Project RC 144
  • Human Rights in Conflict: Dan Mahanty, Director of US Programs at the Center for Civilians in Conflict RC 145
  • Global Migration: Mariya Dostzadah Goodbrake, Executive Director, Global FC RC 157
  • Servitude and Slavery: Kim Case, Exec VP of Operations, Restoration House RC 270

12:30 – 1:30 Lunch and a facilitated conversation with Sarah Margon

  • (Write your question in advance on the provided note cards.)