World Affairs Conference


James E. Smith Midwest Conference on World Affairs
Positive Engagement in the Global Community

Monday, September 29, 2014, Ponderosa Room E

9:00 am Opening Remarks

Mr. Wahab Akbar, President
International Student Association
Junior, Business Administration Major
Dammam, Saudi Arabia

9:05 – 9:55 am Give Peace (Corp) a Chance

Ms. Anne Cummings, Lecturer and RN
Department of Biology and Good Samaritan Hospital
Kearney, NE

Ms. Jodi Garrelts, law student
Nebraska College of Law
Lincoln, NE

Moderator: Dr. Marta Moorman, Professor
Department of Kinesiology and Sports Sciences

10:10 – 11:00 am Intercepted: Trafficking and Homeless Victims

Mr. Andrew Schindler, Project Manager
Tiny Hands International
Lincoln, NE

Introducer: Dr. Sylvia Asay, Professor
Department of Family Studies and Interior Design

11:15 – 12:05 pm Nebraska Activism and Human Rights: The Palestinian Struggle

Ms. Sandy Hanna, Retired Educator
Omaha, NE

Ms. Katie Huerter, Freelance Writer
Omaha, NE

Ms. Batoul Rabaa, Student
University of Nebraska-Omaha
Omaha, NE

12:20 – 1:10 pm Short Term Medical Trips, Long Term Impact

Dr. Michael Gross, M.D., Orthopedic Surgeon
GIKK Ortho Specialists
Omaha, NE

Dr. David Huebner, M.D., Orthopedic Surgeon
New West Sports Medicine and Orthopedic Surgery
Kearney, NE

Moderator:  Dr. Travis Bourret, Assistant Professor
Department of Biology

1:25 – 2:15 pm Music: Bridge Divides, Build Community, Heal the Wounds of War

This session will include video clips introducing the Mitrovica Rock School in Kosovo, Rwanda Youth Music, Palestine Community Music, and From Woman to Woman music projects led by Musicians without Borders, a global network organization using the power of music for healing and reconciliation in areas torn by war and conflict. The session will conclude with Musicians without Borders Founder and Director, answering questions and making additional comments via Skype.

Ms. Laura Hassler, Founder and Director
Musicians without Borders
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

2:30 – 3:20 pm Trade vs. Aid: Two Approaches to Poverty Alleviation in West Africa

Mr. Dusty Reynolds, Co-Founder and CEO
Omaha, NE

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

Moderator: Dr. Fletcher Ziwoya, Assistant Professor
Department of Communication

3:35 – 4:25 pm Public Goods and the Developing World – The Case for Haiti and Bangalore

Dr. Sri Seshadri, Professor
Department of Marketing and MIS
Omaha, NE

Mr. Chuck Larsen, Co-Founder
Minden, NE

7:30 pm Can One Person Really Change the World?

Mr. Tom Clynes
Author and Photojournalist
Brattleboro, VT

Introducer: Dr. Charles Bicak, Senior Vice Chancellor
Academic and Student Affairs