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June 6, 2008

Conflict and Dispute Resolution Program Director to Talk About Climate Change June 12

With the imminent arrival of “peak oil” and the reality of climate change, people are struggling with the gravity of what is happening to our world.  

Tim Hicks, director of the Conflict and Dispute Resolution program at Oregon Law, will speak about the topic at the EWEB Training Center, 500 East 4th Ave., on Thursday, June 12, from 7-9 p.m.  The event is free and open to the public.

Hicks will present and facilitate a discussion titled, “The Climate Change/Peak Oil Crisis and the Human Story:  What Role Compassion?”  

At the event, Hicks will offer perspectives on climate change, explore how the public can come to terms with its realities, and evaluate the impact of stories about climate change.

“We’re often faced with difficult circumstances beyond our control,” said Hicks.  “While we can’t control the events, we can determine how we react and how we react will be more or less helpful.

“How shall we respond to the climate change crisis? It is perhaps bigger and more profound than anything humanity as a whole has had to confront.”

The Conflict and Dispute Resolution program at Oregon Law is structured to prepare a new generation of scholars, practitioners and educators to rethink traditional approaches to conflict.  Grounded in dispute resolution theory, the program combines broad interdisciplinary training and opportunities for individualized study and skills development. 

 

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