Major Gift Creates Faculty Chair, New Center at ICAR

Posted: September 8, 2003 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

A major gift commitment from the Catalyst Fund to the Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution (ICAR) will endow a new faculty chair in world religions, diplomacy, and conflict resolution and create a center in the same field. The chair is named for James H. Laue, the inaugural Vernon M. and Minnie I. Lynch Professor of Conflict Resolution at George Mason from 1987 until his death in 1993. The Laue Chair is ICAR’s fourth endowed faculty position.

Marc Gopin has been selected the chair’s inaugural holder and director of the new center, which will explore the role of religious elements in the generation and resolution of intractable conflicts. Gopin is a graduate of Columbia University and holds a M.A. and Ph.D. from Brandeis University. He has trained and lectured extensively on conflict resolution and engaged in “back channel” diplomacy with religious and military leaders on both sides of conflicts. He comes to George Mason from the Fletcher School for Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.

The new center will be part of the planned international retreat and conference facility to be established on property at Mason Neck, Virginia, according to ICAR Director Sara Cobb. The property was donated to the university by Edwin and Helen Lynch and their family.

ICAR is hosting a reception to mark the creation of the chair and center on Thursday, Sept. 11, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., in the Center for the Arts Atrium. Faculty and staff are invited to attend. The reception is being held on Sept. 11 to reflect on the events of that day and to offer hope, through efforts in conflict resolution, for the future. Among the speakers will be Elisabeth Hoffman, president of the Catalyst Fund; Mariann Laue Baker, widow of James Laue; and Gopin, and as well as Cobb and President Alan Merten. For more information, contact ICAR at (703) 993-1300.

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