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Peacemaking Dialogue as a Living Practice: A Conversation with Dr. Susan Allen
December 14, 2019 @ 1:00 pm
Peacemaking dialogue requires taking a risk. We engage in dialogue because we don’t know everything. We need one another to learn other perspectives and insights. There is a risk we might change our mind in dialogue. Dialogue for peacemaking assumes that this risk is at the very heart of the work…a process of engaging with people as whole human beings and respecting differences and commonalities. Scholar-practitioner Dr. Susan Allen will explore peacemaking dialogue as it is practiced internationally and locally. Her talk will include the spiritual aspects of peacemaking dialogue and the roles of faith communities. Participants will be invited to consider the humanism inherent in dialogue practice, and to reflect on their own opportunities for engaging in dialogue.
Allen recently contributed the chapter, Modes of Peacemaking Dialogue to “Peacebuilding Through Dialogue: Education, Human Transformation, and Conflict Resolution” with foreword by Daisaku Ikeda. This lecture is part of a series of events to help promote the rich dialogue and transformative learning highlighted in the book as essential for building peace.
Dr. Susan Allen is an Associate Professor at the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University (Mason) and directs the Center for Peacemaking Practice. She is a scholar-practitioner of conflict resolution, focusing on reflective practice and research that emerges from practice conte
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