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Conflict Transformation:
The International Undergraduate Research Conference

At James Madison University

Wednesday and Thursday,
April 15 and 16, 2009


Keynote Address in Transitions, Warren Hall 1.00 to 2.15pm, Wednesday April 15:
The Disciplinary Roots of Conflict Intervention:
How Should Theory Shape Our Practice?
Professor Joseph P. Folger:
Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

See the Video of the Keynote Address Here
View Prof. Folger's PowerPoint Slides Here


 The Conference brought together students, professors and mentors from around the world, who are interested in examining and advancing the concept of conflict transformation. Participants engaged in dialogue about the concept and shared their work. 

We are delighted to thank the people who contributed to making the International Conflict Transformation Conference 2009 such a resounding success.

People are talking about how interesting it was, how good the papers were and how ‘transforming’ it was to have students from six universities plus practitioners from the community attend and participate.  We hope we made it a pleasure for our guests and that you will want to participate again next year.

The three top papers that were awarded $100 each and an opportunity to publish in Conflict Resolution Quarterly were:

1.      The Case for Transformative Mediation as an Appropriate Alternative for Divorcing Couples.  David Gately; James Madison University 

2.      Informing and Transforming Peace: Cambodia’s Information Programs as a Source of United Nations Conflict Transformation. Sarah Maxey; Georgetown University

3.      Transformative Mediation in the Workplace: A Meta-Analysis of Lessons Learned. Kristin Moriarty; James Madison University 

 The papers were very closely tied, the judges unanimous in being impressed by the high standards.

 Thank you to the judges from both on, and off campus

Eric Fife, Carlos Aleman, Gretchen Hazard, Aaron Noland, Eva McMahan, Melissa Aleman, Clayton Johnson, Mike Davis, Amber Messersmith, Tim Ball, Billie Jones, Doris Martin, Eric Pappas, Dana Haraway, Lisa Shaw, Patricia Maulden, Terry Beitzel.

Especial thanks and highest regards to students and supporting faculty from; Colorado State University, Eastern Mennonite University, George Mason University, Georgetown University, Utah Valley University.   

 

 

Kindra Amott: Utah Valley

Rebecca Brofft: Colorado State

Karina Mullen: Colorado State   

Sarah Watson: Colorado State

Gloria Rhodes:
Eastern Mennonite University

Eric Schmucker:
Eastern Mennonite University

Laura Cattell:
Eastern Mennonite University

Kaylee Curtis:
Eastern Mennonite University

Sarah Hooley:
Eastern Mennonite University

Scott Amott: Utah Valley

Rebecca Chapin:
Eastern Mennonite University

Nathan Kauffman:
Eastern Mennonite University            

Nathan Swartzentruber:
Eastern Mennonite University

Danny Kaysi: George Mason

Lisa E. Shaw: George Mason

Maren Trochmann: Georgetown

Molly Tully: Georgetown

Dr. Patricia Maulden: ICAR

Sarah Maxey: Georgetown

 


A special note of thanks to the students of SCOM 432
who also planned, organized, and ran the conference itself.

·         Registration:  Courtney Dixon

·         Assistant to Prof. Folger:  Leigh Culver

·         Transportation /Directions:  Paula Ferguson

·         Catering: Michelle Grilli, Kristen Moriarty

·         Facilities Management Leigh Culver

·         Paper, Printing, Reception: Tamara Stroud

·         Press, Promotion and Publicity: David Gately, Kathryn Sawch

·         Program and Events Coordinator: Cara Gorman,

·         Judges Attendance Management: Andrew Rogan

Our special thanks go to:

·         Dr. David Jeffrey, Dean, College of Arts & Letters

·         Dr. Eva McMahan, Associate Dean, College of Arts & Letters

·         Dr. Lee Sternberger, Executive Director, Office of International Programs

·         Dr. Bill Kimsey, Interim Director, School of Communication Studies

·         Center for Conflict Analysis & Intervention

·         Students in SCOM 432: Senior Seminar in Conflict Analysis and Intervention

·         Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation at Hofstra University
School of Law

·         Dr. Susan Summers Raines, Kennesaw State University, Editor,
Conflict Resolution Quarterly

Thank you to all panelists and participants.  The members of SCOM 332: Mediation who displayed posters.

Our printers, Lisa and Connie at copycenters@jmu.edu who dealt with our unreasonable demands for print runs and came through on deadline, and Gail Armentrout and Gretchen Hansen, as ever our stellar support staff.

We sincerely appreciate your work, intellect, academic endeavor, and commitment to non-violent transformation of conflict. 

On behalf of the Center for Conflict Analysis and Intervention,

Thank you!

Dr. Rozanne Leppington
Dr. Dorothy Dela Noche
Dr. William Kimsey
Ms. Aimee Brickner
  
 

INTERNATIONAL UNDERGRADUATE STUD
 

 PROGRAM

INTERNATIONAL UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT CONFLICT TRANSFORMATION CONFERENCE,
April 15, 16 2009

JAMES MADISON UNIVERSITY

Conference Officers:

Registration:  Courtney Dixon dixoncs@jmu.edu,

Assistant to Prof.Folger:  Leigh Culver culverdl@jmu.edu,

Transportation Directions:  Paula Ferguson ferguspm@jmu.edu,

Catering: Michelle Grilli grillimm@jmu.edu, Kristen Moriarty moriarkx@jmu.edu

Facilities Management Leigh Culver culverdl@jmu.edu,

Pens, Paper, Printing, Media: Tamara Stroud stroudtm@jmu.edu,

Press, Promotion and Publicity: David Gately gatelydj@jmu.edu, Kathryn Sawch sawchkm@jmu.edu,

Program and Events Coordinator: Cara Gorman gormancr@jmu.edu,

Judging, Presentation Attendance Management: Andrew Rogan roganac@jmu.edu,

 

Wednesday, April 15 

12:00 Noon - 1:00pm, Transitions

Buffet Lunch

[Please request Buffet Lunch in advance ($15); moriarkx@jmu.edu]
ALL PANELS AND POSTER SESSIONS ARE FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

1.00-2.15 Opening Session

Welcome and Introduction of Keynote Speaker
(Dr. Dorothy J. Della Noce, Conference Chair)

1.15-2.15 Keynote Address

The Disciplinary Roots of Conflict Intervention:
How
Should Theory Shape Our Practice? 

Joseph P. Folger, Ph.D.

Professor of Adult & Organizational Development
Temple University
, Fellow & Co-Founder
Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation at Hofstra University School of Law

 

2:30 –3:20, Session 1 Panel 1: Transitions A: Whose Transformation is it Anyway?: Exploring Theoretical Concepts in Practice

1.       Conflict Transformation: Contrasting Definitions and Practices

Eric Schmucker & Sarah Hooley, Eastern Mennonite University

2.      “Acceptable Levels of Violence:” Interrogating Core Concepts of Conflict Transformation through the Lens of Professional Ice Hockey

Andrew Rogan, James Madison University

 

2:30 –3:45, Session 1 Posters: Transitions B

·         The Lebanese Political Youth Leadership and Conflict Management Training Project

Danny Anas Kaysi, George Mason University

·         Building Conflict Resolution Skills: Approaches in East Africa

Khady Lusby, George Mason University

·         Mediation and Litigation in Family Disputes

                          Michelle Grilli, James Madison University

·         Conflict Resolution Practices in Singapore

                        Emily Johnson & Christina Wood, James Madison University

·         Mediation Practices in Italy

                        Katherine Morris & Christina Chilton, James Madison University

·         Community-based Mediation in the Philippines and Sri Lanka

                          Claudia DeChristoforo, James Madison University

·         Challenges to Peace-building in Africa

                         Kristin Maccubbin & Sarah McKinney, James Madison University

·         Conflict Resolution Strategies in the China-Tibet Conflict

                        Caitlin Roscioli, Kimberly Wong & Tristan Fessel, JMU

·         Conflict Resolution Methods in 2001 India-Bangladesh Border Conflict

                         Michele Robel & Ashley Arrighi, James Madison University

·         Mediation in the Middle East

                         Genevieve DeFino & Allison Grizzell, James Madison University

·         Conflict Resolution Methods in Bolivia

Alexandra Busch, James Madison University

·         Mediation Practice in Australia

                          Christina Cangelosi & Katrina Vorce, James Madison University

·         A Comparison of Legal Mediation in the Philippines and Taiwan

                        Shawn Ramsey & Nicholas Rowsey, James Madison University

·         Conflict Resolution in Northern Ireland

                          Kathleen Hudson & Robert Mitchell, James Madison University

·         Mediation for Supervisor-Subordinate Relationships in U.S. Organizations

                          Paula Ferguson, James Madison University

 

Thursday, April 16

8:45-9.30        Morning Coffee

9:30-10:45 Concurrent Sessions.  Session 2

Panel 2A: Transitions A: Can Talk Work?: Transformative Alternatives for Multi-Party Conflicts

1.      Boom or Bust on the Front Range: A Participatory Modeling Process for Conflict over Colorado’s Limited Water Resources

Rebecca Brofft; Colorado State University 

2.      Climate Change and Conflict: Transformation of the Inevitable through Inclusive Dialogues

Kaitlin Kerr; Georgetown University 

3.      Resource Extraction Conflict in Suriname: The Promise of “World Cafes”

Karina Mullen; Colorado State University
 

Panel 2B: Taylor 304; The Transformative Mediation Model: Lessons from the Field

1.      Victim-Offender Mediation: Tapping the Potential of Transformative Mediation

Courtney Dixon; James Madison University

2.      Transforming Superior-Subordinate Conflicts: Transformative Mediation in Organizations

Paula Ferguson; James Madison University 

3.      Transformative Mediation in the Workplace: A Meta-Analysis of Lessons Learned

Kristin Moriarty; James Madison University 

 

 11.00-12:15    Session 3

Panel 3A: Transitions A: Social Institutions and Structures: Barriers to Conflict Transformation? 

1.      Transcending Sexual Assault on College Campuses

Maren Trochmann; Georgetown University 

2.      Institutional Barriers to Conflict Transformation? An Analysis of Court Mediation

Kathryn Sawch; James Madison University

3.      The Death Penalty and International Law: Barriers to the Transformation of Extradition Conflicts

Simon Smith; James Madison University

 

Panel 3B: Taylor 304: Conflict Transformation as a Path to Social Change: Media, Power, & Politics

1.      Transforming the Conventions: Constructing an Alternative View of the 2008 Protests

Scott & Kindra Amott; Utah Valley University 

2.      Informing and Transforming Peace: Cambodia’s Information Programs as a Source of United Nations Conflict Transformation.

Sarah Maxey; Georgetown University 

3.      Conflict Transformation through the United Nations’ Definition of Genocide

Chris Copolillo; James Madison University

 

12:30-1:45. Transitions Lunch: (A boxed lunch will be available by pre-request)

12.30-1.45. Session 2 Posters Transitions B:  (Reprise: All Students from Session 1 Posters)

2.00-3:15 Session 4

2.00-3:15 Panel 4A: Transitions A.  Measuring Transformation: What is Success?

1.      Measuring Success: Can Mediation and Litigation be Compared?

Michelle Grilli; James Madison University 

2.      The Transcendence of Conflict in Northern Ireland

Molly Tully; Georgetown University

3.       The Three Gorges Dam Conflict: The “America Speaks” Methodology

Sarah Watson; Colorado State University 

 

2.00-3:15 Panel 4B: Taylor 304. Imagining a Different Future: The Potential of Transformative Interventions

1.      Conflict Transformation in Adolescence: Parental Influence and Adolescent Development

Cara Gorman; James Madison University 

2.      “The Troubles” in Ireland: Assessing the Potential of Transformative Mediation

Leigh Culver; James Madison University

3.      The Case for Transformative Mediation as an Appropriate Alternative for Divorcing Couples

David Gately; James Madison University 
 

3:30-4:15    Transitions    Closing & Awards

Awards: Dr. Dorothy Della Noce, Conference Chair

Closing and Acknowledgements

 

 

 

 

 

 

Draft Papers Accepted pre-Confer
    Draft Papers Accepted pre-Conference
 

Arnott

Broft

Copolillo

Hooley/Schmucker

Kerr

Maxey

 

 

Mullen

Muthukuda

Smith

Trochmann

Tulley

Watson