Lecturer Looks at Current Trends in Conflict Resolution

Posted: October 20, 2004 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Fran Rensbarger

Raymond Shonholtz, president and founder of Partners for Democratic Change, is the guest lecturer at the Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution brown bag tomorrow. He will speak about “Current Trends in Conflict Resolution: Assessing the Field” from noon to 1:30 p.m. on the Arlington Campus. Partners for Democratic Change is an international organization of centers on conflict and change management.

Shonholtz has trained mediators in the former Soviet Union states since 1989, when he was asked by the United States Institute of Peace to be a principal investigator on a program to introduce mediating concepts there. In 1991, he moved with his family to Poland to set up centers in Poland and other nearby states that would train people as trainers. The main idea was to use an American model of conflict resolution by adapting and changing the model to the culture, rather than having Americans run the centers. The centers do interventions and train new mediators.

More recently, Shonholtz was cited in the July 11, 2004, PARADE Magazine on the best way to handle neighborhood disputes. The magazine said, “mediators help get to the root of the conflict,” by following techniques pioneered by Shonholtz’s organization.

The community is invited to Shonholtz’s talk, which will be held in the Truland Building, Room 555, 3330 North Washington Boulevard. For more information, call 703-993-1300.

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