By David J. Smith, August 20, 2015

Teaching Peace: Education as an Essential Peacebuilding Tool

October 30 (1:00-4:00) and October-31 (8:00-4:00), 2015

Presented by Park University and Johnson County Community College

CALL FOR PAPERS-October 30th Half-Day Session

Teaching Peace: Education as an Essential Peacebuilding Tool seeks papers from academics and peacebuilders for presentation on Oct. 30 at Park University. The conference organizers are looking for papers that discuss/analyze/present information on:

  1. Education as a peacebuilding tool
  2. Educational efforts (at any level) designed to teach peace and peacebuilding
  3. Peace education efficacy
  4. Peace curricula and university schools of education
  5. Peace curricula at the primary and secondary levels
  6. Examples of innovative/successful peace education efforts-projects, curriculum, etc.

Academic papers (presenting research), experiential papers (describing peace projects and curricula), and hybrid papers (brief lit review followed by a project/curriculum report) are welcome. Previously published papers are acceptable.


Selected papers will be presented in a short format (20 minute minutes followed by a 10 minute question answer period).

Send a 200-250 word abstract, with presenter name(s), affiliations, and contact information (email and phone) to Steven Youngblood  at The deadline for abstract submission is Sept. 1, 2015.  Presenters will be notified of their acceptance by Sept.  7, 2015.

Note that October 30th (1:00-4:00) is the first day of the Teaching Peace: Education as an Essential Peacebuilding Tool conference. This first day will be held on the campus of Park University in Parkville, Missouri. The second day of the conference, October 31st (8:00-4:00) will be at Johnson County Community College in Overland Park, Kansas.  Both locales are in the greater Kansas City area.

Steve Youngblood
Associate Professor
Park University – Parkville Campus
School of Arts and Humanities
8700 NW River Park Dr, CMB #90
Parkville, MO  64152
816-584-6321 (Office)