The photo gallery and video of the 2018 conference should be available by mid-February 2019
5th Annual Peacebuilding and Nonviolence Conference
The Buchanan Initiative at Avila University joined Johnson County Community College, Park University, and the International Relations Council of Kansas City in hosting the fifth annual Greater Kansas City Peacebuilding and Nonviolence Conference. To kick off the three-day program, BIPN hosted a film screening of Spike Lee’s Chi-Raq in the Thornhill Gallery. Following the screening, students from Avila’s School of Visual and Communication Arts presented their interactive posters during a public reception. The day’s program concluded with a moderated panel discussion featuring screenwriter Kevin Willmott.
Troost: A Vision for Peace and Action
This conference brought together community leaders who are fighting for justice throughout the Kansas City area. Troost Ave. has long been considered a racial dividing line in Kansas City. Troost carries a rich history of peace and conflict that everyone in Kansas City must know. Keynote speaker Fr. Alexii Altschul, founder of Reconciliation Services, discussed the rich history of Troost, the problems created by hyper-gentrification, and ways we can take action and promote development without displacement.