Peacebuilding to Address and Redress Conflict

April 21, 2021 · 4:30 PM – 6:00 PM

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This workshop is hosted by the Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education. Click here to RSVP!

The practice of constructive conflict resolution is also the practice of peacebuilding! Peacebuilding has often been thought of as something that we do in other places, embedding the concept within development work. More and more, peacebuilding is recognized as the important actions that we can take to change the quality of interactions –– from the interpersonal level, to the organizational/community level, all the way to the global level.

This session will provide an overview of peacebuilding, and will focus on building a culture of peace in classrooms and school communities, focusing on key interpersonal conflict resolution skills and valuable peacebuilding resources. This session will cover the cultivation of curiosity, the encouragement of empathy, and the mobilization of action.

Amanda Smith Byron is a social justice educator with over 30 years of experience working with diverse communities to heal trauma and transform conflict. Dr. Byron is an Associate Professor in Conflict Resolution at Portland State University, where she directs the Holocaust and Genocide Studies Project, and focuses her teaching and research on unsettling the role of identity in conflict, understanding enmification and hatred as root causes of violence, and developing peacebuilding strategies to prevent mass atrocities. Current research interests are focused on the restoration of dignity in the aftermath of atrocity.

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