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Community Conversation: Making Peace in the Hardest Places
Event Type:Religious Event
Location:Eliot House Lounge
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Religious & Spiritual Life,Upcoming Events
Jennifer Sanborn
Department:Office of Religious and Spiritual Life
Conflict is a reality we live with at Mount Holyoke, in our homes of origin, and in our relationships. Whether the source is something small (a behavior or habit that conflicts with that of another) or significant (years and years of warring history between nations/tribes/peoples), our survival depends on our capacity to work with and through conflict in new and more productive ways. 

With recent calls in U.S. academic societies for (and then against) an academic boycott of Israel based on governmental practices toward Palestinians, U.S. colleges and universities must engage anew in finding ways to listen, respond, and be in dialogue about situations for which it seems there are two sides, infinite opinions, and no answers.

The Office of Religious and Spiritual Life invites you to a community conversation about the role and work of dialogue in peace-making. Dr. Paula Green, senior fellow of the Karuna Center for Peacebuilding, will share how she has been facilitator of and witness to the transformative power of dialogue in the most conflicted of spaces, and Paula will openly engage students' questions, concerns, and ideas. We will close by considering together how we as a community want to deepen our knowledge of and engagement with the hardest questions.

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