ICAR Director Describes Turning Points in Conflict Resolution

Posted: May 7, 2002 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Fran Rensbarger

Sara Cobb, director of the Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution (ICAR), presents today’s brown bag lecture from noon to 1:30 p.m. Drawing on her fieldwork, she discusses “Turning Points and Narrative Transformation in Conflict Processes: A Case Study of Ethnic Relations in Rwanda.”

Cobb, who has a doctorate in communications and brings a wealth of experience in conflict resolution to her topic, explores the concept of “narrative trajectory” in groups and describes the turning points involved where narrative transformation occurred. Using data from her fieldwork in Rwanda, she reflects on the conditions that favor turning points which will lead to inquiry and learning in conflict settings.

The discussion is part of ICAR’s series of informal lectures on the research and practice of conflict resolution and is held in the ICAR Main Conference Room, A401, located at 4260 Chain Bridge Road in Fairfax. For more information, call x31300.

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