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Upcoming Peace Center Events

72nd United Nations Anniversary Banquet
"US Foreign Policy, Wars and Terrorism: ISIS abroad, Islamophobia at home"
Saturday, October 21, 6:00 pm Social & Music, 6:30 pm Dinner & Awards, 7:30 pm Presentation and Q&A
Santa Fe Trail Room, Rhatigan Student Center 233 - Wichita State University

Phyllis Bennis is a fellow of the Institute of Policy Studies, Washington, D.C. where she directs the New Internationalism Project. She is fellow of the Transnational Institute in Amsterdam and works with the United for Peace and Justice anti-war coalition, and co-chairs the UN-based International Coordinating Network on Palestine. Since 2002 Bennis has played an active role in the growing global peace movement and served as an informal adviser to several top UN officials on Middle East and UN democratization issues. Bennis is a frequent commentator on channels, like MSNBC, and has written and edited eleven books. Among them are her new Understanding ISIS & the New Global War on Terror: A Primer, her popular Understanding the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict, and Before & After: US Foreign Policy and the War on Terror and Challenging Empire: How People, Governments, and the UN Defy US Power.

Howard and Jeanne Johnston, after working for the State Department in Germany, worked in academic leadership positions in Greece and the US. They retired to Wichita and founded the Global Learning Center in 1988. The Howard & Jeanne Johnston Award for Global Community Citizenship was established in 2000 to honor their lives of international service and global citizenship. The award is presented to individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to global learning over a sustained period. The 2017 recipient of this award will be Armin Gerhard, who came to WSU in 1968. He taught German and Spanish, co-founded Intensive English Language Center, managed the Office of International Programs, and served as director of the International Education until retirement in 2014. 

Tickets $30 if paid by October 8th, 2017 and $35 after October 8th. Students pay $10. We ask you to buy your ticket by October 17th to secure your reservation due to the limited room capacity.

RSVP to or
Refika Sariönder (316) 670 3029

Pay online or mail checks to
Global Learning Center, 2712 N Beacon Hill Ct. 67220
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The Masks We Wear
Friday, October 20, 7:00 - 10:00 pm
Ecclesia Coffee Shop, 7130 W Maple STE 280

Grab a carnival mask, put on your party clothes, and join Thrive ICT in a night of music, food, and community for our first fall fundraiser to support survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking.

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and we are donning masks to honor the masks that our survivors too often wear. All proceeds raised will go toward services and programming to support the men and women living with the aftermath of trauma.
League Day in Leavenworth
Saturday, October 21, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
June's Northland, 614 Pottawatomie ST, Leavenworth, KS

In 2017, LWV of Leavenworth is hosting our annual gathering and we have a jam-packed day. 
Davis Hammet of Loud Light, will speak about increasing youth civic participation in Kansas. 
Micah Kubic of the ACLU of Kansas will follow up on September's Democracy Tomorrow event. 
A panel will share thoughts on "What I Wish I Knew Before I Ran for Office."
As always, we'll get the early scoop on legislative priorities and swap ideas among local Leagues. 

NOTE: The state water study committee will meet from 8:45 to 9:15 a.m., before the day's events begin.

$30 online or checks in mail, received by Thursday, Oct. 19; $35 at the door.

Continental breakfast and lunch included -- gluten-free and vegetarian options.

REGISTRATION form will be available soon at
The Kansas Death Penalty: What a Waste, 2017!
2017 Kansas Abolition Conference
Saturday, October 21, 1:00 - 3:30 pm
McPherson Church of the Brethren, 200 N Carrie, McPherson

Come listen to KANSANS SPEAK about the social, economic, political, and psychological costs of the death penalty. Our three panelists - Roger Werholtz, Celeste Dixon, and Carolyn McGinn - each have personal experience with and a unique perspective to share on the death penalty.

The ANNUAL MEETING of the KCADP will start at 1:00 pm. All KCADP members are invited to attend. The brief meeting will include the election of new officers and board members. The panel will start immediately afterwards.

This event is FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC! Pre-registration recommended; contact us at 785-235-2237 or Same day registration begins at 12:30 pm
Community Meeting - Homeless Outreach in Wichita
Saturday, October 21, 2:00 - 4:00 pm
Confluence Community Center, 520 Commerce STE 101

This community planning meeting we really want to focus on the homeless outreach programs in Wichita, and how we can all work together for continued support for those in need. If you run or know of other outreach programs, please come and share with us. 

Community Organizers, Individuals and families - are all welcome to attend and share information about community events and projects. There are a lot of things happening in Wichita and it's our goal to connect people to whats going on. 

Confluence also has many projects and events that we need volunteers for, this is the perfect meeting to come discover what you might be interested in participating in.
Desfile Cultural, Dia de Muertos
Saturday, October 21, 6:00 pm
Nomar International Market, 204 E 21ST N

Amigas De Wichita. and 2 others Hola a todos,les hacemos la invitación para disfrutar un desfile De ropa y artículos Culturales de México,uniéndonos a una de las más hermosas tradiciones Mexicanas (Dia de los Muertos)y todo esto aquí en Wichita. La pasarela estará representada por las mujeres,hombres y niños de la comunidad hispana Wichitense. -Ven y disfruta una hermosa tarde en familia y aprendamos juntos de nuestra cultura.- Invitados especiales: Ballet Folklórico de Horace Mann Magnet School. Join us to enjoy a fashion show of cultural clothing & items from Mexico. -Coming together to celebrate one of the most beautiful Mexican tradition (Dia de los Muertos) here in Wichita. The runway will we represented by our women, gentlemen & kids from our Hispanic Wichita community. Come & enjoy a beautiful evening with your family & Learn together about our culture. Special guest: Folclor group,from Horace Mann Magnet School.

Dreaming of Home Tour
Tuesday, October 24, 10:00 am - 6:30 pm
656 S Chautauqua ST

Come learn about Family Promise of Greater Wichita's program to help homeless families towards sustainable independence and tour our Day House, a multipurpose space for guests to use as a home base and for our staff offices. Please invite a friend!
Tuesday Topics: Criminal Justice
Tuesday, October 24, 12:00 - 1:00 pm
Wichita Public Library, 223 S Main ST

As of December 31, 2015, the Kansas prison population was 9,857. Incarceration rates are growing and disproportionately affect people of color. This month's Tuesday Topics will focus on criminal justice as it relates to incarceration rates in Kansas and Sedgwick County in particular. Learn what factors contribute to the large numbers of prisoners, what is being done to reduce these numbers, and what measures are in place to ensure that there is equal justice for all. 

Tuesday Topics are co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters - Wichita Metro that are timely & relevant to our community. Room opens at 11:30. Drinks provided; feel free to bring a brown bag lunch.
2017 City Council Candidate Meet and Greet
Tuesday, October 24, 5:30 - 7:00 pm
Emerson Biggins Old Town

Meet your candidates running for local offices. Wichita Urban Professionals and Young Professionals of Wichita have teamed up to host another meet and greet event to give you the chance to get to know who you’ll be voting for on November 7.

Local elections are incredibly important and those elected will have a large impact on your daily lives, yet voter turnout in the last local election was only 16%.

Join us on October 24 at Rock Island Live from 5:30 p.m. -7 p.m. for a chance to hear from and mingle with the candidates for Wichita City Council. The schedule for the event will be:

5:30-6:00 p.m. – Arrival and mingle
6:00-6:30 p.m. – Brief comments from each candidate
6:30-7:00 p.m. – Additional time to meet and mingle with the candidates

REGISTER by October 23. Walk ups are welcome.
Happy Valley Screening
Wednesday, October 25, 6:00 - 8:30 pm
107 Delvin Hall, Wichita State Campus

Kansas Children's Service League in collaboration with the Wichita State Sport Management will screen the documentary Happy Valley. A facilitated discussion about child sexual abuse prevention will follow the screening. Resources and snacks provided.
The WAWS Fall Luncheon 2017
Friday, October 27, 11:30 am
Wichita Country Club, 8501 E 13th ST N

The Women’s Association of the Wichita Symphony will hold its Fall luncheon on Friday, October 27th, at Wichita Country Club, 8501 E 13th St N, Wichita, KS 67206.
Following lunch at 12:00, the program will be provided by Gabriela Martinez, pianist and WSO Guest Artist Checkin begins at 11:30 am while members of the Wichita Youth Symphony perform.
Cost of the event is $18.  Call Janet Elliott at 316-265-4492 by October 23rd to make reservations. It will be an entertaining event filled with good food, wonderful speaker and fun friends.  Guests and newcomers are most welcome!
Mercy & Justice Guest Speaker: Jim Wallis
Saturday, October 28, 9:30 am - 3:00 pm

Each fall, the Great Plains Mercy & Justice Team invites you to a day of engaging with different issues to better equip us as Christ’s followers to transform the world.
This year’s event, “For the Transformation of the World – The role of the church in a politically/racially divided nation,” is from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28, at Saint Mark United Methodist Church, 1525 N. Lorraine Ave., Wichita.
The featured speaker will be Jim Wallis, president and founder of Sojourners in Washington D.C., a non-profit faith-based organization, network and movement whose mission statement calls for “putting faith into action for social justice.” Wallis is also a best-selling author, public theologian, national preacher, social activist and international commentator on ethics and public life. Books by Wallis include “America’s Original Sin: Racism, White Privilege and the Bridge to a New America,” “The (Un)common Good,” “God’s Politics” and “The Great Awakening.”
The event is free, but registration is requested.
If you travel from further away and mileage costs are a concern, please contact the Rev. Kalaba Chali or 316-684-0266.
Gyp Hills Day Hike
Saturday, October 28, 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Kirkbride Ranch, Medicine Lodge

All Sierra Club members and friends of the environment are invited to join us for the annual Gyp Hills Day Hike. We will be exploring the peaks, mesas, and canyons in the beautiful and rugged Gyp Hills of Barber County on Saturday, October 28th. Hikers will meet at the house on the Kirkbride Ranch at 10:30 a.m. The ranch is located six miles southwest of Medicine Lodge and 90 miles southwest of Wichita.

Lunch will be provided for all hikers. Following lunch, we will begin the hike which will cover between five and eight miles. The difficulty is moderate. We will be requesting a voluntary donation of $5.00 for our outings program. For additional information and detailed directions, please contact David Kirkbride, Chapter Outings Chair, at or 316-945-0728.
Kansas Bipartisan Women's Legislative Forum
Saturday, October 28, 12:00 - 2:00 pm
SEIU Kansas, 2240 W Douglas AVE

Join The League of Women Voters Wichita - Metro, Amigas de Wichita, and Women for Kansas - Wichita to hear what the women in our legislature
are accomplishing!

Contact Carole Neal, LWVW-M, at; Claudia Amaro, Amigas de Wichita, at; or Martha Pint, W4K-W, at
Party for the Planet
Friday, November 3rd, 6:30 pm
Great Plains Nature Center, 29th St. N. and Woodlawn
Join Southwind Group Sierra Club for a great night of music (The Route is coming!), food, drinks and fun! AND there will be a Chance Drawing where you can win one (or more) of dozens of prizes! Do Not miss this one. And bring some cash with you to buy tickets!

Entry is only $10 for this fundraiser and if you can bring finger food to share that would be perfect! Hummus, Chips and Drinks will be provided.

Check out the prize list below and please come and help us raise some funds for Southwind Group!
Thankful for Democracy Dinner
Sunday, November 12, 12:30 - 2:30 pm
Two Olives Restaurant, 2949 N Rock RD

Keynote speaker will be Chief Judge Karen Arnold-Burger of the Kansas Court of Appeals.
The cost of this Thanksgiving dinner and speaker presentation is $25.00.  This fundraising event will support the important work of the League of Women Voters - Wichita Metro, including voter registration events and educational public forums.  The League will also be selling commemorative engraved wooden spoons celebrating the Centennial of this amazing organization in 2020 as well as raffling a holiday gift basket.
Seating is limited so please RSVP by 11/9/17 to Ellen Estes at 316-218-1163 or

KIPCOR Presents: Healing Justice
Sunday, November 12, 2:00 pm
Luyken Fine Arts Center, Bethel College, North Newton

This film explores the causes and consequences of our current justice system.  It asks viewers to address our perceptions of traumatized children, who need to be empowered and protected rather than profiled and punished.  This film is a call for healing, not retribution, and it will also serve as part of the launch event for the Kansas Restorative Schools Network.
The program begins at 2:00 PM on Sunday, November 12, 2017, in Krehbiel Auditorium in the Luyken Fine Arts Center on the Bethel College Campus; the talk-back session begins immediately after the film.  We hope to see you there.
This event is free and open to the public.
Contact: (316) 284-5217
Sixth Annual Trust Women Gala
Thursday, November 16, 6:00 - 9:00 pm
Abode Venue, 1330 E Douglas Avenue

Join us to celebrate and commiserate over this year.  THURSDAY, NOVEMBER SIXTEENTH 6 P.M. to 9 P.M. Cocktails, dinner and special guests speaker Lynn Paltrow, Founder and Executive Director of National Advocates for Pregnant Women (NAPW). Abode Venue, 1330 East Douglas Avenue, Wichita, Kansas 67214. All ticket purchases of $500 or more receive priority seating and listing in the program. According to IRS regulations $20 of your contribution is not tax deductible. 
Interested in sponsoring a table of 8? All table sponsors receive priority seating and listing in the program as well as tickets to the VIP reception at 9 P.M.  
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KRC 2017 Annual Farm & Food Conference
Friday, November 17 - Saturday, November 18
Four Points Hotel by Sheraton, 530 Richards DR, Manhattan, KS

The Kansas Rural Center will host its annual Farm and Food Conference November 17 and 18, 2017, in Manhattan, Kansas, at the Four Points Sheraton Hotel.   This year the two-day program will highlight how biological, human and economic diversity builds resilience, and how we can make it happen on our farms, our communities, and in our part of the world.

The conference promises to have something for a broad spectrum of attendees—from conventional and organic farmers, to beginning and established farmers, conservationists and environmentalists, and local food advocates and community leaders.

Keynote presenters and breakout sessions will illustrate the theme, “Driving the Change that Matters: Practical and Political Solutions to our Farm and Food Future.”  Day one, Denise O’Brien, Women Food and Agriculture Network founder and longtime Iowa farmer and activist will provide an inspiring outlook on how to put yourself in the driver’s seat and create a healthy and just food and farm future and society. On day two Ferd Hoefner, Senior Strategic Advisor for the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition will share his experience on working in D.C. to shape sustainable agriculture policy and what’s on the horizon with the 2018 Farm Bill as well as the future for sustainable agriculture.  Both keynote speakers have over 30 years of experience in their work and have strong interest in passing on their legacies to a new generation of activists and advocates.

Each day will also include 12 to 15 breakout sessions featuring presentations and panel discussions of how we transform our farms and our food system to better meet future environmental, economic and social challenges.  Sessions will also include practical production and marketing information, farm transition ideas for the next generation, conservation practices and management, and informative sessions on state policy, community organizing efforts in Kansas, and more.   A more detailed agenda will be available soon.


Cost to attend the conference is $70 per day or $135 for both days which includes access to all presenters, lunch and snacks both days, and a Friday evening social hour.  Both days will include a lunch from locally-sourced ingredients and will offer conference attendees time for networking and visiting exhibitor booths in order to connect with and learn more about the great people and exciting things happening in farming, food production, and the environment, in Kansas and beyond. To register, visit –



When asked about how our lifestyles affect our risk of cancer, most are aware that smoking can cause lung cancer, and that sun exposure can lead to skin cancer.  However, physical activity is known to lower the risk of some cancers, specifically breast cancer and colon cancer.  A new study published in 2016 also saw an association of physical activity with lower risks of 13 other varieties of cancer. This is an interesting finding which further suggests that being active is good for your health in all kinds of ways!  Choose your favorite activity, and try to spend at least 30 minutes, five days/week, doing it.  Remember that walking at a moderate pace counts! Wichita has many parks, biking and walking paths.  Take advantage of them!

If you missed the Annual Dinner, catch the presentation of the 2015 Dinner below!

Peace Center Hours 
Monday         1-5
Tuesday          1-5
Wednesday     1-5
Thursday        1-5
Friday          9-1

The Peace and Social Justice Education Fund is proud to be supported in part by a grant from the Amalia & Nicola Giuliani Foundation for Religion and the Arts!