Honors Conference

The purpose of the annual Richland College Honors Conference is to enrich the academic lives of all Richland College students.

On Tuesday, February 27, 2018, the Richland Honors Program will host its fourth annual conference. The topic this year is Peacebuilding.

"Peacebuilding is based on knowledge, skills, and attitudes that can be learned. As such, everyone can be a peacebuilder. There are many roles involved, and young people can make important contributions to building peace in today’s world." https://www.usip.org/public-education/educators/peacebuilding-toolkit-educatorshttps://www.usip.org/

Conference schedule:
11:00 am (SH 118)                                          Plenary Speaker, Ms. Alia Salem.

Alia Salem
Ms. Salem is the 2017 Dallas Peace and Justice Center Peacemaker of the Year, one of Dallas Weekly’s 2017 Millennials to Watch, and the Founder and President of a non-profit called FACE, which stands for “Facing Abuse in Community Environments”.

12:30 pm (SH 118)                                        Keynote Speaker, Professor Rick Halperin. 
Rick Halperin

Professor Halperin is Director of the Southern Methodist University Embrey Human Rights Program (www.smu.edu/humanrights ), and teaches courses at SMU including America's Dilemma: The Struggle for Human Rights; America and the Age of Genocide; and America Enraged: From Brown to Watergate, 1954-1974. Halperin has served on the Board of Directors of Amnesty International USA from 1989-1995, and from 2004-2009; he served as Chair of the Board from 1992-1993 and again from 2005-2007. He is also a member of the National Death Penalty Advisory Committee, the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty and the Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty (serving as President from 2000-2006 and from 2007-2008).
2:00 to 3:20 pm (SH 117 and 118)             Student Presentations

Session A, Sabine Hall 117-- “Building Peace in our Careers and in our Country”
Alessandra Rodrigues, Richland College, “Peacebuilding in Journalism”; Areebah Fatima, Richland College, “Postmortem of the August 12, 2017, Incident in Charlottesville, Virginia”; Kirubel Solomon Moges, Richland College, “Capital Punishment is the Ultimate Deterrent to Peacebuilding”; Nghi Nghiem Bao Tran, Richland College, “MSG Slows Embroyo Development in Danio rerio

Session B, Sabine Hall 118—“Building Peace Internally and Internationally”
Tamunomiebaka Somiari, Richland College, “Focusing on We Instead of Me”; Maria Tadros, Tulsa Community College, “Peace through Love: Garbage City, Cairo”; Aysegul Ates, Richland College, “Women in Peacebuilding”; Brian Miranda, Richland College, “Responsible for Peace”; Homero Perez, Richland College, “Refugee Access to Labor Markets in Western Nations”; Lucero Saldaña, Richland College, “Perspectives, Attitudes, Truths and Hopes (PATH) to Peace”; Carrie Kaschmitter, Sydney Magnall, Kaila Tokar, Jessica Tran, Anjelica Avorque, Michelle Kim, Ani MacKay and Maria Flores, Richland College, “Visualize Peacemaking: Global Change through Images”.

3:30 pm (SH 118)              Honors Announcement

Honors Professor Erin Kelley will announce where in the world the Honors students will be studying in May 2019. Honors students have studied in Arkansas, London, Paris, Amsterdam, and Atlanta, Georgia. We head to Oklahoma in March. Where will we go next?
Don’t miss the BIG announcement!