Crossroads – Des Moines

a civility project of the Interfaith Alliance of Iowa




Des Moines Civil & Human Rights Department


MAY 19, 2017

11:45 am – 1:00 pm
Waveland Hall
4126 Ingersoll Ave, Des Moines

$10 per person (payable at the door) — includes lunch

The Des Moines Civil and Human Rights Commission mission is to “advance justice, promote equality, and ensure the protection of human rights for all people in Des Moines through investigation, education, advocacy, and community engagement.” Is it really possible in today’s world to achieve such a mission? Where are we succeeding and where are we falling short as a community? Join us at Crossroads to learn more from Joshua Barr.

Joshua V. Barr, a native of Sumter, South Carolina, is Director of the Civil & Human Rights Department for the City of Des Moines. Joshua graduated from the University of South Carolina School of Law in May 2007, then received his MBA in 2008 from the Smeal College of Business MBA Program at Pennsylvania State University (Penn State). In 2010, Joshua moved to Colombia, South America, to conduct research on institutional corruption at Pontificia Universidad Javeriana Cali (Javeriana University). He later became a professor at Javeriana University teaching International Business and Law courses. After two fantastic and thought-stimulating years in Colombia, Joshua returned to the United States to address social issues in his native state of South Carolina. From 2013 to 2015, Joshua worked as a civil rights attorney and the State Fair Housing Director at the South Carolina Human Affairs Commission. With the Des Moines Civil & Human Rights Commission, Joshua works with the Des Moines community to address socio-economic issues, discrimination, and other systemic issues in order to make Des Moines a model city.

Reservations must be received by Tuesday, May 16.
Please email or call 515.279.8715. If you make a reservation and are unable to attend, payment for your reservation is appreciated if you do not cancel by the Tuesday deadline.

This venue has a hearing loop and those with telecoils may use them.


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Crossroads is a monthly gathering of Interfaith Alliance of Iowa. An opportunity to learn, to participate in civil dialogue, and to discuss issues at the crossroads of religion and politics.