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October 16, 2012

Conflict Resolution Week Brings Exciting Events to Campus

Conflict Resolution Week begins Monday, Oct. 15, and extends through Friday, Oct. 19. The series of related events, put on by UO Conflict Resolution Services, take place at different locations throughput the UO campus. Various speakers, film screenings and interactive events will engage students and community members on the topics of peace, conflict, dialogue, and justice.

On Monday, Professor Howard Zehr will discuss his restorative approach to justice. Zehr, Professor of Restorative Justice at Eastern Mennonite University, has edited multiple books, led hundreds of events and created a widely-used blog on the topic. Zehr will also be speaking on Tuesday, focusing on the use of restorative justice with victims and offenders in situations of severe violence. The workshop will include a video case study. Registration is required for the Tuesday event.

PBS’ film “Woman, War and Peace” will be screened Wednesday, Oct. 17. Pizza, popcorn and soda will be provided. Thursday night will include a presentation by Lorina McAdam and Noor Rafiq Zangana, Oregon Law Mercy Corps Practitioners-in-Residence. The presentation is titled “International Perceptions of ‘The West’ and the Impact on Development and Humanitarian Aid.” This Thursday talk is followed by an open mic night and poetry slam hosted by Flying Sky Brewery for those 21 and over.

Throughout the week, members of the campus community are invited to demonstrate what peace means to them through the creation of “Peace Art and Peace Flags.” The supplies will be available from 11 am-2 pm daily and are provided free of charge.

Through various approaches to conflict resolution, people can learn to transform conflict through communication. For more information on event times and locations, check out the Oregon Law schedule of events or the Conflict Resolution Week webpage.

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