Is the United Nations Relevant?

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Saturday June 27 12:30 to 3:45 United Nations Creation Celebration
“Is the United Nations still relevant? Remembering the UN Charter and evaluating its future”
Truman Library 500 W US Hwy 24, Independence, MO 64050
Keynote: James H. Williams, PhD CFWC FRSA
Executive Director, National Churchill Museum and
Sandra L. and Monroe E. Trout Professor of Churchill Studies, Westminster College
In addition: Michael Eaton Executive Director of the National Model United Nations Conference and Council of Chapters and Regions of the UNA-USA 
Michael is staying in Overland Park with Brian and we will be going to Joe's Baroque in Olathe June 26th about 7:00 p.m. 

 Event Description: 
In June 1945, 50 countries signed a charter which pledged the pursuit of peace, tolerance, and the economic and social advancement of all peoples. Seventy years after its founding, though its numbers have grown to 193 and its missions have multiplied, the United Nations remains in search of these founding principles. Its history has not been without challenges, and there are many who would question the need for such an organization at a time when globalization, technology, and hybridized cultures have changed the global landscape. This program will examine the roots of the United Nations and trace its development to today while keeping in mind what role, if any, the UN ought to have in our collective future.
12:30-1:00 PM Registration and reception
1:00 PM Welcome
1:05 PM Keynote: Jim Williams provides historical overview of United Nations
1:30 PM Q&A
1:40 PM Break
1:50 PM Break outs (4 topic areas)
3:00 PM Reporting
3:45 PM Closing
Topic areas:
·         Access to Health Care & Nutrition (Maybe Anna Lambertson, medical schools, Pakistani physicians, Harvesters, KC Food Policy, Kansas Action for Children, Eat Local KC, Farmers groups)
·         Gender equality (UN Women + examples: Women’s Empowerment Network: UNA Women breakout)
·         Human settlement (Primary facilitator, refugees – JVS, Catholic Charities)
·         Education (Michael Eaton from UNA-USA and National Model UN; in partnership with PTPI)
In addition: Kirk Doan UN stamp collection that he is going to display along with additional Truman material. 
 James H. Williams, PhD CFWC FRSA
Executive Director,
National Churchill Museum
Sandra L. and Monroe E. Trout Professor of Churchill Studies, Westminster College
Fulton, Missouri
As a student at Westminster College thirty years ago, Jim Williams developed an interest in Harry S Truman and his relationship with Winston Churchill. First as a park ranger at Harry S Truman National Historic Site in Independence, Missouri, then as a history major writing a senior thesis, Williams explored the two statesmen from the vantage point of the site of Churchill’s “iron curtain” speech in 1946.
While he turned his attention in graduate school at the College of William and Mary and Vanderbilt University to colonial American history, Williams continued to pursue research on Truman and Churchill. He has conducted an oral history project at the Truman home for the National Park Service since 1990, interviewing about 100 people who knew the Trumans. He has also compiled the complete correspondence between Truman and Churchill, which has never been published in its entirety. Through this correspondence we see a relationship blossoming from virtual anonymity for Vice President Truman to a close friendship that developed during the train trip from Washington to Fulton for the “iron curtain” speech. He plans to publish this correspondence in the next few years, closing the gap in the published record of Churchill’s correspondence with allied leaders Roosevelt, Eisenhower, and Stalin.
It was in Fulton on March 5, 1946, that Churchill—with Truman seated behind him—defined the “special relationship” that existed between the United States and the United Kingdom. Churchill had planted the seeds of that relationship during World War II with the Atlantic Charter and, after V-E Day, the creation of the United Nations in 1945. In Fulton he spoke of workmen of all nations uniting together to build a “temple of peace” in the postwar world. In many ways, the so-called “iron curtain” speech, which Churchill titled “The Sinews of Peace,” was the culmination of the first chapter of Churchill’s efforts to shape the postwar world with a United States of Europe closely bound with the United States of America.
Michael Eaton has served as full-time Executive Director of the National Collegiate Conference Association since 2004 and has helped expand National Model UN programming to include more than 6,000 college participants.  Prior to his current position, he was the Director of Enrollment Services and Marketing for the Higher Education Consortium for Urban Affairs (, an educational nonprofit offering social justice-based off-campus study programs.  He began his undergraduate studies at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and ultimately received his B.A. in Economics, summa cum laude, from Concordia College in Moorhead, MN and his M.A. in Nonprofit Management and the scholar award from Hamline University in St. Paul, MN.  Additional honors include being named a Truman Scholar.  Mr. Eaton has served as an adjunct faculty member at Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota, a Trustee of the Center for UN Reform Education and board member and past-President of the United Nations Association of Minnesota.  He is a current member of the Council of Chapters and Regions of UNA-USA and is pursuing a doctorate in international education at the University of Minnesota.  He resides in Minneapolis, Minnesota.







Martin Okpareke is the Volunteer and Out Reach Manager at the Jewish Vocational Service (JVS), Kansas City, Missouri. Mr. Okpareke, through his many positions at both Don Bosco and JVS, has assisted thousands of refugee and immigrants from over nine countries become self-sufficient through employment, relationship skills training and financial literacy training and matching them with American mentors.  Originally from Nigeria, he obtained political asylum status in the United States in 1997. He worked for Don Bosco as a refugee job placement specialist for four years and for the past fourteen years has been with JVS changing one life at a time and building strong relationship amongst immigrant communities and the local Kansas City community. He is actively involved in community organizing; serving on several boards and advisory councils like the Kansas City Police Department Office of Community Complaints (advisory), Synergy Services (board member), Reconciliation Services (board member), Kansas City Worker Justice (board member), Jackson County Mental Health Fund Cultural Competency Advisory Council and many other local community organizations. Mr. Okpareke holds a Public Administration degree from Park University.