Saturday, May 9, 2015
4 Points by Sheraton Conference Center
530 Richards Drive
Manhattan, Kansas
11:30 am - 1:30 pm
Topic For Exploration:
‚Äč- Humanitarian Assistance
- Peace and Conflict Resolution Studies
- Peace and Conflict in Our Schools and Communities
- Advocacy and Community Mobilization
- Diplomatic and Military Service
- Community Service Abroad
Held in Conjunction with Rotary District 5710 Annual Conference and Co-Hosted by:
The Rotary Club of Manhattan and The Manhattan Konza Club
Past Rotary International Director Philip J Silvers, Ph.D.
Phil Silvers is a research and strategic planning professional, and a former college administrator.  He served on the board of directors of Rotary International, 2008-10.  Phil currently (2014-17) chairs the Rotary Foundation’s Cadre of Technical Advisors which provides technical assistance to grant applicants, screens Global Grant proposals, and evaluates all Rotary Foundation programs.  He has led three Vocational Training Teams in the healthcare professions, and currently coordinates the evaluation of Rotary Family Health Days in six African Countries.  He founded two Rotary clubs in the Russian Far East and was instrumental in starting the Rotary Club of Ramallah, Rotary’s first ever in an occupied territory.  There are now four Rotary clubs thriving in the Palestinian West Bank.
Keynote Presentation:  Piecing Together the Peace Puzzle
Past RI Director Phil Silvers will challenge us to help define the intersecting roles of political diplomacy, law enforcement/military, and the power of nonprofits such as Rotary in the peace-building process.  Drawing on the findings of social psychology and his personal experiences in Africa, Russia, the U.S., and the Middle East, Phil will suggest a framework to launch our breakout sessions on Rotary’s role in peace-building.  We will take up challenges such as cyber bullying, xenophobia, and ISIS. Our recommendations can help define Rotary’s role in resolving conflicts and building peace.