ICAR Lecture Analyzes Culture Concepts in Interethnic Conflicts

Posted: February 13, 2003 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Fran Rensbarger

Kevin Avruch, professor of culture, ethnic conflict, and peace keeping at the Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution (ICAR), directs his presentation today to practitioners. His topic, “Type I and Type II Errors in Culturally Sensitive Conflict Resolution Practice,” addresses the challenges encountered by third parties and other interveners who are working in intercultural and interethnic conflicts and disputes.

Avruch examines two very different ways of conceptualizing culture–a technical sense of the term and an affectively laden, politicized sense of it. He also explores some implications of both senses for effective and ethical intercultural practice.

Avruch, who is also professor of anthropology and a senior fellow in the School of Public Policy, earned his Ph.D. in anthropology at the University of California, San Diego. His books include Information Campaigns for Peace Operations, written with J. Narel and P. Combelles-Siegel.

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 (703) 993-1300.

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