Thursday, 8 March 2012
“A Relational Approach to Cross-Cultural Conflict: A Decade of Work”
Ken Fox, Professor and University Director of Conflict Studies at Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota
Senior Fellow of the Dispute Resolution Institute at Hamline University School of Law
Thursday, March 8th
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Allard Hall Forum, 1822 East Mall, Vancouver, BC
The Middle East is emblematic for intractable conflict. Thoughts about the region evoke visceral reactions, draw upon incommensurate narratives, and raise fundamental questions of how to support constructive change within and among diverse communities. For those who seek to help, are we peace-makers, peace-builders or unintentional partisans? Are we supporters of peace or supporters of justice and, if so, whose? Since 2001, Hamline University has partnered in a series of interrelated U.S. State-department funded civil society projects in the region. Working with Palestinian, Israeli, Jordanian and Lebanese educators, civic leaders, students and citizens, these projects have focused on social and structural change through education, informed by principles of relational practice. This talk will examine lessons from these various projects and discuss a relational framework for engaging constructively in social change across communities and cultures.
Ken Fox is a Professor and University Director of Conflict Studies at Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota, and a Senior Fellow of the Dispute Resolution Institute at Hamline University School of Law. He has a particular interest in the intersection between the way we understand human behavior, interaction and response in conflict. His publications focus on conflict theory, negotiation, mediation, and restorative justice. Professor Fox has taught, trained and consulted throughout the United States, in Central and Western Europe and in the Middle East. He has worked with private companies, regulated industries, non-profit organizations (NGOs), federal, state and local government agencies, courts, schools, and universities. He is a U.S. State Department Fulbright Senior Specialist grantee in law/peace and conflict resolution studies, where he taught conflict theory and practice at the Riga Graduate School of Law in Latvia. Since 2001, Professor Fox has been an active participant in a series of on-going U.S. State Department-funded civil society and conflict transformation project initiatives with Israeli, Palestinian, Jordanian and Lebanese educators and civic leaders.
UBC Program on Dispute Resolution
For more information on the Program on Dispute Resolution’s 2011-12 Speaker Series: http://www.law.ubc.ca/pdr/index.html or http://www.law.ubc.ca/files/pdf/events/2011/dr-Speaker-Series-2011-12.pdf