Agenda

 

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

Monday, October 22

 

Ponderosa E
9:00 am

Opening Remarks

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

Moderator: Dr. Po Hu, Assistant Professor
Department of Counseling & School Psychology

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

Coordinators:
Dr. Fletcher Ziwoya, Associate Professor
Department of Communication

Ms. Theresa Yaw, Lecturer
Department of Economics

Ponderosa A/B
1:25 - 2:15 pm

Trade and Investment Opportunities in Poland

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

Introducer: Dr. Doug Biggs, Professor
Department of History

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

Introducer: Dr. Chris Knoell, Assoc. Professor
Department of Teacher Education

Ponderosa E
2:30 - 3:20 pm

Transatlantic Security and Cooperation: the Case of Lithuania

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

Introducer: Dr. David Hof, Professor
Department of Counseling & School Psychology

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

Moderator: Dr. Michelle Warren, Asst. Professor
Department of Modern Languages

Ponderosa E
3:35 - 4:25 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

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
Director of Russian and Eurasian Studies Program
Colgate University
Hamilton, NY

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

Moderator: Dr. Nate Bickford, Associate Professor
Department of Biology

Ponderosa A/B
11:00 am - 12:15 pm

Of African Republics

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

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

Moderator: Dr. Frank Tenkorang, Professor
Department of Marketing, Agribusiness, and
    Supply Chain Management

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

Dr. David Harrison, Associate Professor of Linguistics at Swarthmore College, and Dr. Gregory Anderson, Founding Director of the Living Tongues Institute for Endangered Languages, 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. Matthew Mims, Professor
Department of Counseling and School Psychology

Cedar Room
12:30 - 1:45 pm

Luncheon Address (By Invitation Only)

Mr. Scott B. Shiller, Senior Advisor
Bureau for the Middle East
United States Agency for International Development
Washington, DC

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
ELEVATE
Kearney, NE

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

Moderator: Dr. Kurt Borchard, Professor
Department of Sociology

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

Moderator: Mr. Rakesh Srivastava, Founder and CEO
Innovative Prosthetics and Orthotics
Hastings, Grand Island, and Omaha, NE

This session is sponsored through the generous support of Innovative Prosthetics and Orthotics, Hastings, Grand Island, and Omaha, NE.

Ponderosa A/B
3:30 - 4:45 pm

Genocide Recovery and Persecution Response Program

Mr. Scott B. Shiller, Senior Advisor
Bureau for the Middle East
United States Agency for International Development
Washington, DC       

Introducer: Dr. Matthew Mims, Professor
Department of Counseling & School Psychology

Ponderosa E
3:30 - 4:45 pm

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

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