ICAR Professor Probes Prospects of Israeli-Palestinian Peacemaking

Posted: March 19, 2004 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Fran Rensbarger

Peter Weinberger, research professor at the Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution (ICAR), will present “Religious Peacemaking in Israeli-Palestinian Relations: Prospects and Limitations” at noon on Tuesday, March 23, as part of ICAR’s brown bag lecture series.

In his presentation, Weinberger will examine three avenues of religion-based conflict resolution that are currently being employed in the Israeli-Palestinian context. They are interfaith dialogues or discussions between differing religious and spiritual leaders and their respective followers; focused innovation, or a rereading and reinterpreting of religious texts and traditions in a manner promoting peaceful coexistence; and participatory transformation, which is the use of positive ritual and the honoring of traditions to build bridges between differing religious communities.

Weinberger is a specialist on Israeli-Palestinian relations who taught conflict resolution at George Washington University and the London School of Economics before coming to ICAR. He earned an MA in international peace and conflict resolution from American University and a PhD in international relations from the London School of Economics.

The entire community is invited to participate in the ICAR brown bag lectures, which are presented in the ICAR Main Conference Room, A401, at 4260 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax. For more information, call 703-993-1300.

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