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Renowned Speakers at the 2017 Global Youth Forum

The Global Youth Forum promises an exceptional line-up of expert speakers who will play a significant role in helping students develop leadership skills, and establish cross-cultural understanding that will enable them to become future global leaders.

Renowned Speakers at the 2017 Global Youth Forum

Lynne M. Jackson is the Founding President of The Dred Scott Heritage Foundation. She is the great-great granddaughter of Harriet and Dred Scott of the Dred Scott Decision of 1857. With this landmark case, the United States Supreme Court made the significant decision to end slavery under President Abraham Lincoln, and ultimately changed the landscape and future of the United States from a slave holding republic to one keeping more in line with the Declaration of Independence. As the Foundation’s goal is to “promote the commemoration, education and reconciliation of our histories with an eye towards helping to heal the wounds of the past,” Ms. Jackson is well-equipped to lead students at the Global Youth Forum in engaging discussions that encourage the peaceful reconciliation of multiple cultures and peoples. Ms. Jackson’s rich family history and professional experiences are sure to inspire the students into becoming leaders within their community.

She is the recipient of numerous awards and recognitions, including:
  • Community Service Award from Community Women Against Hardship (2003)
  • The Missouri Senate honored her with a recognition resolution (2008)
  • Edwin P. Hubble Award of Initiative from the City of Marshfield, MO (2011)
  • The Phenomenal Woman Award from the Center for Racial Harmony in Belleville, Illinois (2011)
  • The Empowering Women Who Inspire Award by Women In Vision (2013)
  • Nominee with honorable mention for the National Women’s History Month Award (2014)

Dr. Steven Youngblood is the Director of Center for Global Peace Journalism & Associate Professor at Park University in Parkville, Missouri. As an internationally recognized academic, journalist, teacher, consultant, editor, and author, Dr. Youngblood has been honored by several organizations for his contributions to world peace. He has successfully executed over 15 projects worldwide that taught students from diverse backgrounds and cultures the importance of peaceful journalism. With his knowledge and expertise on the topic of peaceful reconciliation, students will leave the Global Youth Forum with a greater perspective of world operations after listening to Dr. Youngblood speak.
Dr. Steven Youngblood's awards include:
  • Excellence in Teaching Award—April, 2015. As selected by Sigma Alpha Pi honor’s students at Park University.
  • U.S. State Department Alumni of the Month—Aug, 2012. Given for “his dedication to the pursuit of a more peaceful world through peace journalism and international education.”
  • World Citizen of the Year—Oct, 2012. Given by the United Nations Association of Greater Kansas City, and presented by Mayor Sly James.
  • Honorary Rotarian--April, 2012. Given by Parkville, Missouri Rotary Club for “extraordinary service to global peace.”
  • ACE Internationalization Advisory Board--2010-2013. Appointed by American Council on Education to three year term on board advising internationalization collaborative.
  • Dusing-Proudfoot Award—April, 2010. Given for service to Park University students.

Dr. Batholomew Dean is an associate professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas, as we well as a research assiciate for KU'S Laboratory of Biological Anthropology. Additionally, he is a research affiliate at the Universidad Nacional de San Martin in Tarapoto, Peru, where he directs the Anthropology Section of the Regional Museum. Included in his research interest is the ethnology of the Peruvian Amazon, health, human rights, political anthropology, social theory and ethics. His publications include Urarina Society, Cosmology and History in the Peruvian Amazonia (2009, 2013), as well as a co-edited book-At the Risk of Being Heard: Indigenous Rights, Identity and Postcolonial States, numerous articles and several textbooks. As an activist in the area of human rights advocacy, Dr. Dean is currently working on a monograph dedicated to understanding social trauma associated with the political violence and civil unrest in the bajo (lower) Huallaga Region of Peruvian Amazonia. With his expertise in civil unrest, he will provide students at the Global Youth Forum with valuable insight on how opposing sides can still come together to reach an agreement.

Chinyeh Hostler is the heart behind the Global Youth Forum and one of People to People International's most cherished partners. With her generous support and dedication to the PTPI organization, her and the Hostler Endowment made the 2017 Global Youth Forum a possibility. As the wife of the late Ambassador Charles Hostler, both her and her husband hold a stong belief in the power of young people and their capability of changing the world. Ms. Hostler will embolden the students at the Global Youth Forum to be global ambassadors and to promote PTPI's mission of Peace through Understanding.

To register for the 2017 Global Youth Forum, please visit our event page here. For any questions or concerns, please email John Maloney at johnmaloney@ptpi.org or give us a call at 816.531.4701.
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