ICAR Welcomes Rouhana and Inaugurates Rice Chair

Posted: November 2, 2004 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Fran Rensbarger

Nadim Rouhana is being formally welcomed as the inaugural holder of the Henry Hart Rice Chair of Conflict Resolution at the Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution (ICAR). He will serve as director of the planned international retreat and conference center known as Point of View. The university community is welcome to attend a reception in his honor tomorrow from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Truland Building Conference Room on the Arlington Campus.

Rouhana came to ICAR from Tel Aviv University, where he was associate professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology and Department of Psychology. He is also the founding director of the Arab Center for Applied Social Research—MADA, and an associate of the Center for International Affairs at Harvard University. In 2002, he received a grant from the Program on Global Security and Sustainability of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. Over more than two decades, Rouhana has written numerous articles and a book, Palestinian Citizens in an Ethnic Jewish State: Identities in Conflict.He received his PhD in social psychology from Wayne State University and served as a postdoctoral fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University.

The Henry Hart Rice Chair of Conflict Resolution was established in 2001 by a $1 million grant from the Rice Family Foundation. The late Henry Hart Rice was a New York real estate broker who was skilled in bringing people together to help them negotiate their differences. In the 1960s, he became interested in international issues and sought to promote understanding and improve difficult relationships through his philanthropy. He initiated the foundation in 1989.

Part of ICAR’s work is expected to take place at Point of View, which will provide a place for retreats and research, as well as meetings between parties in conflict to work out racial, religious, gender, political, or other divisive issues. In 2000, the late Edwin Lynch and his wife, Helen, longtime benefactors of the university, donated their 39-acre Mason Neck, Va., property to serve as the location of the center. The Lynch family has since donated additional property for the center.

The Rice Chair reception will be held in Room 555 at 3330 North Washington Boulevard in Arlington. Those interested in attending should RSVP as soon as possible to Nicole Rowsell at nrowsell@gmu.edu or to the ICAR main desk at 703-993-1300.

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