James E. Smith Midwest Conference on World Affairs
The World in Crisis: A Call to Activism
October 22-23, 2018

Monday, October 22, 2018


Ponderosa E
9:00 am


Chancellor Douglas Kristensen, J.D.
University of Nebraska at Kearney

Ponderosa E 
9:05 – 9:55 am

What We Know about Climate Change

Dr. Kerry Emanuel, Professor of Atmospheric Science
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Cambridge, MA

Introducer: Chancellor Douglas Kristensen, J.D.
University of Nebraska at Kearney

Ponderosa E
10:10 – 11:00 am

Anti-Trafficking Activism: Lessons Learned in 20 Years of Fighting Human Trafficking Around the World

Ms. Kristin Wiebe, J.D.
Baltimore, MD

Introducer: Dr. Vani Kotcherlakota
Emerita Professor
Department of Economics

Ponderosa A/B
11:15 am – 12:05 pm

Migration and ASEAN: Movement, Prosperity and Welfare in Southeast Asia

Mr. Fajar Yusuf, Consul
Information, Social, and Cultural Affairs
Consulate General of the Republic of Indonesia
Chicago, IL

Dr. Gina A. Jamoralin, Consul General
Consulate General of the Philippines
Chicago, IL

Ponderosa E
11:15 am – 12:05 pm

Reviving the Peace Process in Yemen

Dr. Ahmed Awad Bin Mubarak, Ambassador
Embassy of the Republic of Yemen
Washington, DC

Introducer: Dr. Chuck Rowling
Associate Professor
Department of Political Science

Nebraskan Atrium
12:20 - 1:10 pm

Take a Delegate to Lunch

Dr. Fletcher Ziwoya, Associate Professor
Department of Communication

Ms. Theresa Yaw, Lecturer
Department of Economics

Ponderosa A/B
1:25 – 2:15 pm

Central Europe and the European Union

Mr. Piotr Janicki, Consul General
Consulate General of the Republic of Poland
Chicago, IL

Ponderosa E
1:25 – 2:15 pm

How Activism Changed My Life

Ms. Courtney Gehle, Changemaker
Pretoria, South Africa

Introducer: Dr. Will Avilés, Professor
Department of Political Science

Ponderosa A/B
2:30-3:20 pm

Leveraging Knowledge to Educate the Most Marginalized

Ms. Fatima Al-Zahrani
Educate a Child Program
Education Above All Foundation
Doha, Qatar

Ponderosa E
2:30-3:20 pm

Saving Lives and Dreams: Creating Opportunities in Nigeria and Zimbabwe

Mr. Roy Machamire, Founder and Chair
International Shine Bright Foundation
Denver, CO

Mr. Ken Pitkin, Chair
Callaway Nigeria Partnership Committee
United Methodist Church
Callaway, NE

Moderator: Dr. Sharon Obasi, Assistant Professor
Department of Family Studies

Ponderosa A/B
3:35 – 4:25 pm

Advocating Through Peace Corps:
Alumni Roundtable Discussion

Mr. Kyle Schinkel
Ms. Beth Schinkel
Ft. Collins, CO

Mr. Shawn Kaskie
Mr. Dan Lillis
Kearney, NE

Ponderosa E
3:35 – 4:25 pm

Transatlantic Security and Cooperation: the Case of Lithuania

Mr. Rolandas Kriščiūnas, Ambassador
Embassy of the Republic of Lithuania
Washington, DC

Sandhills Room
5:30 pm

Chancellor’s Reception (By Invitation Only)

Cedar Room
6:00 pm

Chancellor’s Dinner (By Invitation Only)

Ponderosa E
7:30 pm

We Is: Poetry Voicing the Will of Individuals and Societies to Survive

Dr. José Ballesteros
Steven Muller Distinguished Professor of Arts
St. Mary’s College of Maryland
St. Mary’s City, MD

Mr. Samuel Miranda
Educator, Poet, Visual Artist
Washington, DC

Introducer: Dr. Brad Modlin, Assistant Professor
Reynolds Chair of Poetry, Department of English

Tuesday, October 23


Ponderosa A/B
9:30 – 10:45 am

Immigration, Security, and the Future of Europe

Mr. Herbert Quelle, Consul General
Consulate General, Federal Republic of Germany
Chicago, IL

Mr. Rasmus Hindrén, Defense Counselor
Embassy of Finland
Washington, DC

Moderator: Dr. Mary Beth Ailes, Professor
Department of History

Ponderosa E
9:30 – 10:45 am

Education and Community in the Arctic

Dr. Jessica Graybill, Associate Professor of
Geography, and Russian and Eurasian Studies
Colgate University
Hamilton, NY

Dr. Diane Hirshberg, Professor of Education Policy
Institute of Social and Economic Research
University of Alaska Anchorage
Anchorage, AK

Ponderosa E
11:00 am – 12:15 pm

The Unlikely Alliance that Changed Climate Activism

Ms. Jane Kleeb, Founder and President
Bold Alliance
Hastings, NE

Introducer: Dr. Peter Longo, Dean
College of Arts and Sciences

Ponderosa E
12:30 – 1:45 pm

Documentary - The Linguists

David and Greg are "The Linguists," who document languages on the verge of extinction. In the rugged landscapes of Siberia, India, and Bolivia, their resolve is tested by institutionalized racism and violent economic unrest.

Introducer: Dr. Matt Mims, Professor
Department of Counseling and School Psychology

Chancellor’s Dining Room
12:30 -1:45 pm

Luncheon Address (By Invitation Only)

Ponderosa A/B
2:00 - 3:15 pm

Advocating at Home and Abroad: Kearney's ELEVATE, Crossroads Center and Jubilee Center

Mr. Jerry Bumgardner, Executive Director
Mr. Daniel Buller
, Program and Operations Manager
Crossroads Center
Hastings and Kearney, NE

Ms. Jessica Hotz, Co-Founder and CEO
Kearney, NE

Ms. Monica Musil
, Executive Director    
Jubilee Center
Kearney, NE

Ponderosa E
2.00-3:15 pm

Where is the Need? Careers in Mission Medicine

Dr. Marjorie Heier, MD, Medical Director
Missions Clinic
Rufunsa District, Zambia

Dr. Benjamin LaBrot, MD, Founder and CEO
Floating Doctors
Los Angeles, CA

Ponderosa A/B
3:30 – 4:45 pm

Of African Republics

Mr. Michaël Moussa-Adamo, Ambassador
Embassy of the Gabonese Republic
Washington, DC

Dr. Barfuor Adjei-Barwuah, Ambassador
Embassy of the Republic of Ghana
Washington, DC

Mr. Edward Sawerengera
, Ambassador
Embassy of the Republic of Malawi
Washington, DC


Ponderosa E
3:30 – 4:45 pm

Mission, Trade and Foreign Policy: Three Cases from Latin America

Mr. Julio Fiol, Deputy Chief of Mission
Embassy of Chile
Washington, DC

Dr. Claudia Canjura de Centeno
, Ambassador
Embassy of the Republic of El Salvador
Washington, DC

Ms. Guadalupe Sánchez-Salazar
, Consul
Consulate of Mexico
Omaha, Nebraska

Introducer: Dr. Roger Davis, Professor
Department of History