The education branch of Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies (HumanDHS) aims at disseminating the research findings related to dignity and humiliation to a wide variety of audiences. We wish to contribute to the capacity of people to build peaceful societies and be mindful of how humiliation may disrupt the social fabric, and how social cohesion may be sustained by preventing humiliation from occurring. You are invited to develop ideas and projects that aim at dignifying our world, and preventing and healing humiliation. We wish to harness and nurture everybody's expertise for our HumanDHS educational activities, create cross-fertilization and synergy, and hope that our efforts will grow organically from our discussions and meetings!
| DONALD C. KLEIN † June 8, 2007, yet always with us in spirit!
Our beloved Don Klein has passed away.
Please see here our condolences, or, more precisely, our love letters to Don.
We are shattered and, for the moment, speechless.
Dear Becca and Alan! We are holding your hands in this difficult moment of losing your father and grandfather.
Don was and will always be, one of the central pillars of our work and our group. He is on the Board of our Directors and will always be there.
He spoke to us about Awe and Wonderment. About our human ability to live in awe and wonderment, not just when we see a beautiful sun set or the majesty of the ocean, but always. That we can live in a state of awe and wonderment. And we do that, says Don, by leaving behind the psychology of projection. The psychology of projection is like a scrim, a transparent stage curtain, where you believe that what you see is reality only as long as the light shines on it in a certain way. However, it is not reality. It is a projection. And in order to live in awe and wonderment, we have to look through this scrim and let go of all the details that appear on it, in which we are so caught up in. When we do that, we can see the beautiful sun set, the majestic ocean, always, in everything.
We are all inconsolable!
We are with you, dear Don, wherever you may be now!
And we promise to always remember that we can live in Awe and Wonderment, always!
Evelin, on behalf on our entire HumanDHS network!
Sunday, June 10, 2007
Donald C. Klein is a psychologist and behavioral scientist. He was also a Member of the HumanDHS Board of Directors, HumanDHS Global Advisory Board, the HumanDHS Global Core Team, and the HumanDHS Global Coordinating Team.
After earning a Clinical Psychology Ph.D. in 1952 at the University of California, Berkeley, he was CEO of an experimental community mental health center, directed a multi-disciplinary graduate center at Boston University, served as NTL Program Director for Community Affairs, and helped to develop and became coordinator of the Applied Behavioral Science graduate program at The Johns Hopkins University.
Subsequently, he was Professor Emeritus of the Graduate College of The Union Institute & University, which offers an innovative non-residential doctoral program for working adults.
Don Klein has been one of the first to explicitly examine and write on the humiliation phenomena. His first publication on humiliation goes back to 1991 (Journal of Primary Prevention on the Humiliation Dynamic, Vol 12, no. 2, Winter, 1991; Vol 12, No. 3, Spring 1992).
He has written numerous books and has conducted extensive research on how families and organzations use humiliation as a tool of control and socialization. In addition to the Humiliation Dynamic, as an Applied Behavioral Scientist, he has studied and written about community change dynamics, differences and diversity, power, and large group methods for change in organizations and communities. In his training and consulting work he has used sociodrama and other performatory approaches. He is especially interested in methods that can be used to create meaningful, integrative non-humiliating connections (i.e., "social glue") between diverse groups in community settings.
In recent years Don Klein has become deeply engaged with what he calls Appreciative Psychology, which has to do with the inherent level of appreciative being that connects each one of us with universal life energy.
Please find here:
The humiliation dynamic: An overview by Donald C. Klein, in Klein, Donald C. (Ed.), The Humiliation Dynamic: Viewing the Task of Prevention From a New Perspective, Special Issue, Journal of Primary Prevention, Part I, 12, No. 2, 1991. New York, NY: Kluwer Academic/ Plenum Publishers.
Creating Social Glue in the Community: A Psychologist's View by Donald C. Klein, a revised version of paper presented at 'Rising Tide: Community Development for a Changing World', 32 nd annual conference of the Community Development Society, Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada, July 26, 2000.
Community MetaFunctions and the Humiliation Dynamic, paper presented at the 2nd Annual Meeting on Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies, Paris, France, September 16-18, 2004 (not to be cited without author's authorization).
The Humiliation Dynamic: Looking to the Past and Future, paper presented at the 2005 Workshop on Humiliation and Violent Conflict, Columbia University, New York City, December 15-16, 2005.
Looking to the Past, Looking to the Future, New Years Greetings: 2006!
written by Alan Klein, Don's son, Past Master: Don Klein, first published in Practising Social Change, Issue 05, May 2012, pp. 48-49.
|REBECCA ANN KLEIN
Rebecca Ann Klein is also a Member in the HumanDHS Global Coordinating Team and Global Core Team.
Rebecca Ann Klein is interested in creating effective, culturally sensitive nutrition programs within the field of Public Health. She is currently a student at Tufts University, working for a Master of Science in Food Policy and Applied Nutrition, with the aim to gain skills to run international health projects, and/or work with the politics and policies that affect the global food supply. She also takes classes at Tufts' school of International Law and Diplomacy.
Earlier, Becca completed a year of volunteer service through the AmeriCorps* VISTA program where she spent her time coordinating a teaching garden with Oregon Food Bank serving Washington County in Hillsboro, OR, USA. She has traveled extensively and is eager to do more. Becca is a graduate of Hampshire College in 2001 with a concentration in Nutritional Anthropology.
|LINDA M. HARTLING
Linda M. Hartling, Ph.D., is the HumanDHS Director, and also a Member of the HumanDHS Global Advisory Board, HumanDHS Global Core Team, HumanDHS Global Coordinating Team, and HumanDHS Research Team. She is furthermore the Editor of the Journal of Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies (JHDHS).
Linda M. Hartling is the recipient of the Association for Creativity in Counseling Research Award (see the slides of her acceptance talk).
Linda is affiliated with the Jean Baker Miller Training Institute (JBMTI) at the Stone Center, which is part of the Wellesley Centers for Women at Wellesley College in Massachusetts. Until 2008, she was its the Associate Director. Dr. Hartling is a member of the JBMTI theory-building group advancing the practice of the Relational-Cultural Theory, a model of psychological growth and development. She coordinates and contributes to training programs, publications, and special projects for the JBMTI. She holds a doctoral degree in clinical/community psychology and has published papers on resilience, substance abuse prevention, shame and humiliation, relational practice in the workplace, and Relational-Cultural Theory. Dr. Hartling was co-editor of The Complexity of Connection: Writings from the Jean Baker Miller Training Institute at the Stone Center (2004) and author of the Humiliation Inventory, a scale to assess the internal experience of derision and degradation. She is currently a member of an international team establishing the first Center for Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies. [read more]
Ulrich Spalthoff (Dr. rer. nat.) is the HumanDHS Director of Project Development and System Administration, and a Member of the HumanDHS Board of Directors, HumanDHS Global Advisory Board, the HumanDHS Global Core Team, and the HumanDHS Global Coordinating Team. He is, furthermore, the Coordinator of the HumanDHS One Laptop Per Child project.
Uli Spalthoff has studied chemistry in Mainz and Münster, Germany. After some years in industrial research on optical communication technologies he held various positions dealing with marketing, quality management, technology strategy and innovation management at Alcatel-Lucent in Germany and France. His activities as Director Advanced Technologies included - as a member of a truly global team - mentoring of start-ups and consulting high-tech companies in IT, telecommunication and semiconductor industries from countries all over the world. Being interested to work in a broad range of professional fields and diverse social contexts, he has acquired expertise in a broad range of technical, economic and social matters. After his retirement he still wants to nurture innovative ideas to shape our future. Being impressed by the concept of HumanDHS he wants to learn more about it and currently explores how he can contribute. Uli is married to Brigitte Volz, a teacher with a strong therapeutic and psychological background who is also an artist making sculptures.
PHILIP M. BROWN
Doron Shultziner is also a Member of the HumanDHS Research Team.
Doron Shultziner is a lecturer and researcher. He holds a B.A. and a M.A. from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and a Ph.D. from the University of Oxford. After he completed his Ph.D., Doron taught at Emory University for two years before returning to Israel. Among his research interests is the topic of human dignity in law. He published several papers in this field. His paper with Itai Rabinovici proposes an approach to understanding this concept in relation to self-worth, through a comparative legal-psychological investigation into three legal systems (US, ECtHR, and Israel). His book Struggling for Recognition: The Psychological Impetus for Democratic Progress shows how, and in what psychological ways, the Montgomery Bus Boycott (of 1955) and the struggle against apartheid in Port Elizabeth (of 1976), were motivated by a desire for dignity.
"Human Dignity, Self-Worth, and Humiliation: A Legal-Psychological Comparative Approach," in Psychology, Public Policy, and Law 18 (1) [forthcoming; available online], co-authored with Itai Rabinowitz, 2012.
Shultziner, Doron, and Guy Carmi. "Human Dignity in National Constitutions: Functions, Promises and Dangers,"in American Journal of Comparative Law 62 (2), pp. 461-90, doi: 10.5131/ajcl.2013.0003, 2014.
|DAKSHINAMOORTHI RAJA GANESAN
Dakshinamoorthi Raja Ganesan is is also a Member of the HumanDHS Global Advisory Board.
He is the former Head of the Department of Education at the University of Madras, India. Professor Ganesan is currently writing a book on Problem Finding for Research with further books in planning, such as Psychopedagogy of Scientific Discoveries.
Dr. Ganesan has been elected twice to the Executive Board of the International Sociological Association Research Committee on Alienation (ISA RC 36) in Mexico (1982) and New Delhi (1986), and has retained this position for a third term, Madrid (1990). Dr. Ganesan has organised and chaired a session on Asian Religious Worldviews and Alienation in the XI World Congress of Sociology. Furthermore, he has organised a session on Alienation, Meditation and Mysticism - From a Purely Secular and Scientific Perspective, in cooperation with Dr. Frank A. Johnson M.D., Professor of Psychiatry, University of California at San Francisco, as the Session Discussant, in the XII Congress in Madrid, Spain. Dr. Ganesan was also entrusted with the responsibility for organising and chairing a session on Alienation and Dreams in the XIII Congress of Sociology, Bielefeld, Germany.
Professor Ganesan was invited to present his paper "Dreaming our Way to Peace: An Experimental Replication of the Senoi Tribal Custom of Daily Dream Interpretation," in the IPRA Conference at Malta in 1994. He participated in the Salzburg International Seminar on Educating Youth: Challenges for the Future in 1997. He was invited twice to the Annual Conference of the International Association for the Study of Dreams at Boston and Berkeley (2001 and 2002) to present his paper on "Dreams and Integral Yoga of Sri Aurobindo" (a savant scholar of the Indian Renaissance).
Dr. Ganesan earned his doctorate on Psychoanalysis and Buddhism at the Dr. Radhakrishnan Institute for Advanced Study in Philosophy, University of Madras. At present, he is a Nominee of the Government of India, Ministry of Human Resource Development, on the Indian Council of Philosophical Research as well as a Member of its Research and Projects Committee. He is a Satellite Faculty of the National Institute of Educational Planning and Administration, a Member of the Peace Education Commission of the International Peace Research Association, an Honorary Secretary of the SITU Council of Educational Research, an Honorary Editor of Experiments in Education (a monthly professional journal dedicated to the cause of educational research and development), Vice-President of the English Language Teachers' Association of India, and Founder-President of the Dream Study Circle in Madras.
Professor Ganesan has been practising meditation himself and has gone through five stages of progress. He also trains students of meditation. He has dream interpretation workshops and designed and offered Know Thyself - an experiential learning program, based on depth psychology.
• Professor Ganesan kindly edited "Humiliation in the Academic Setting," A Special Symposium Issue of Experiments in Education, published by the S.I.T.U. Council of Educational Research in 2008.
• D. Raja Ganesan kindly writes on 25th April 2016: The Universal Declaration of Human Rights of the UN encompasses the concepts of dignity and prevention of humiliation. But many countries, I understand, have not yet signed the covenant. If I remember right India is not yet a signatory to this Delaration. The countries which have not yet become signatories may nevertheless have enshrined in their constitutions articles and sections in their statute books, as also institutional mechanisms for their implementation: they may not want to forfeit their sovereignty by signing this covenant. After making this status survey this group can draw upon the voluntary services of lawyers to draft a model legislation for adoption by countries which are in principle willing to adopt such a legislation but are not doing so because this is a relatively low priority item in their agenda. In the meantime it can be a subtheme for its annual conferences.
|MICHAEL L. PERLIN
Michael L. Perlin is also a Member of the HumanDHS Global Advisory Board.
Michael L. Perlin is a Professor of Law, the Director of the International Mental Disability Law Reform Project at the Justice Action Center, and Director of the Online Mental Disability Law Program at the New York Law School in New York City. He is at New York Law School since 1984.
An internationally-recognized expert on mental disability law, Michael L. Perlin has devoted his career to championing legal rights for people with mental disabilities. A prolific author of fifteen books and well over 175 scholarly articles on all aspects of mental disability law, Professor Perlin says that his ninth book, The Hidden Prejudice: Mental Disability on Trial (2000), “represents my lifetime work.” The book is an attempt to educate society about how the fear of persons with mental illness creates a hidden bias against them that prevents equal justice, a form of discrimination he calls “sanism.” In his book and his other work, he speaks out against “sanism,” which he defines as “the irrational prejudice that causes, and is reflected in, prevailing social attitudes toward persons with mental disabilities.”
Michael Perlin is an award-winning author on mental disability law and insanity defense. He serves on the Board of Directors of International Academy of Law and Mental Health and lectures frequently in Central and Eastern Europe and elsewhere on international human rights and mental disability law. He testifies in trials as expert witness on questions of effectiveness of counsel in cases involving mentally disabled criminal defendants.
His courses address Civil Procedure, Criminal Law & Procedure: The Mentally Disabled Defendant, Criminal Procedure: Adjudication Mental Disability Litigation Seminar & Workshop, Mental Health Law, and Therapeutic Jurisprudence.
His educational background is as follows: Rutgers, A.B. 1966, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, Columbia, J.D. 1969, Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar (Kent Commentaries, Managing Editor), Law Clerk, Hon. Sidney Goldmann, Appellate Division, Superior Court of New Jersey, Law Clerk, Hon. Ralph L. Fusco, Law Division, Superior Court of New Jersey.
A teacher-lawyer-advocate who advises mental health professionals, hospitals, advocates, activists, lawyers, and governments, Professor Perlin has worked directly on mental disability cases as a deputy public defender and as director of the Division of Mental Health Advocacy in the New Jersey Department of the Public Advocate. He has witnessed the complexities and frustrations facing both judges and attorneys with such cases.
Professor Perlin travels around the globe to speak out about the legal rights of people with mental disabilities. In conjunction with Mental Disability Rights International, a U.S.-based human rights advocacy organization, he has presented mental disability training workshops in Hungary, Estonia, Latvia, Poland, Bulgaria, and Uruguay. As part of his work with the Justice Action Center, he has traveled twice to Taiwan in an effort to help create a pan-Asian mental disability advocacy network.
In 2002, he helped organize a symposium at New York Law School on “International Human Rights Law and the Institutional Treatment of Persons with Mental Disabilities: The Case of Hungary.” It was the first such U.S. gathering, bringing together prominent activists, advocates, and attorneys to look at the application of international human rights law to improve the treatment of people with mental disabilities.
His multivolume treatise, Mental Disability Law: Civil and Criminal (Lexis Law Publishing, 1998–2003), which was first published in 1989 by Michie, won the 1990 Walter Jeffords Writing Prize; the five-volume second edition of that treatise won the Otto Walter Writing Award in 2003 and is the indispensable authority for legal practitioners. Another book, The Jurisprudence of the Insanity Defense (Carolina Academic Press, 1994), won the Manfred Guttmacher Award of the American Psychiatric Association and the American Academy of Psychiatry and Law as the best book of the year in law and forensic psychiatry in 1994–95. He was given the American Academy of Psychiatry and Law's Amicus Award in 1998.
Since he joined the faculty in 1984, Professor Perlin has helped build the course offering in his legal specialty at New York Law School to such an extent that it now leads the nation in mental disability law curricula. He created and teaches the first online courses on mental disability law, offered to students here, at other U.S.-based law schools, as well as in Japan and in Nicaragua. There are currently four courses in the online program, and more will be added in the immediate future.
Professor Perlin has many other passions outside the law, including the clarinet, fishing, and the music of Bob Dylan.
• "Friend to the Martyr, a Friend to the Woman of Shame": Thinking About The Law and Humiliation, his presentation presented at the 2006 Workshop on Humiliation and Violent Conflict, Columbia University, New York City, December 14-15, 2006.
Please see here a collection of the following papers:
• An Internet-based Mental Disability Law Program: Implications for Social Change in Nations with Developing Economies, 30 Fordham Int'l L.J. 435 (2007)
• "And My Best Friend, My Doctor/ Won't Even Say What It Is I've Got : The Role and Significance of Counsel in Right to Refuse Treatment Cases, 42 San Diego L. Rev. 735 (2005)
• "Everything's a Little Upside Down, As a Matter of Fact the Wheels Have Stopped": The Fraudulence of the Incompetency Evaluation Process, 4 Houston J. Health L. & Pol'y 239 (2004)
• "She Breaks Just Like a Little Girl: Neonaticide, The Insanity Defense, and the Irrelevance of Ordinary Common Sense, 10 Wm. & Mary J. Women & L. 1 (2003)"Life Is In Mirrors, Death Disappears": Giving Life to Atkins, 33 N. Mex. L. Rev. 315 (2003)
• "You Have Discussed Lepers and Crooks": Sanism in Clinical Teaching, 9 Clinical L. Rev. 683 (2003)
• "Things Have Changed": Looking at Non-institutional Mental Disability Law Through the Sanism Filter, 46 N.Y.L. Sch. L. Rev. 535 (2002-03)
• "Chimes of Freedom": International Human Rights and Institutional Mental Disability Law, 21 N.Y.L. Sch. J. Int'l & Comp. L. 423 (2002)
• "What's Good Is Bad, What's Bad Is Good, You'll Find out When You Reach the Top, You're on the Bottom": Are the Americans with Disabilities Act (and Olmstead v. L.C.) Anything More than "Idiot Wind"?, 35 U. Mich. J. L. Ref. 235 (2001-02)
• Stepping Outside the Box: Viewing Your Client in a Whole New Light, 37 Cal. West. L. Rev. 65 (2000).
• A Law of Healing, 68 U. Cin. L. Rev. 407 (2000).
• Therapeutic Jurisprudence and the Civil Rights of Institutionalized Mentally Disabled Persons: Hopeless Oxymoron or Path to Redemption? 1 Psychology, Pub. Pol'y & L. 80 (1995) (with Prof. Keri K. Gould and Deborah A. Dorfman, Esq.)
• On Sanism, 46 SMU L. Rev. 373 (1992)
• Competency, Deinstitutionalization, and Homelessness: A Story of Marginalization, 28 Hous. L. Rev. 63 (1991).
• International Human Rights and Comparative Mental Disability Law: The
Role of Institutional Psychiatry in the Suppression of Political Dissent, in Israel Law Review, 39, pp. 69-97, 2006.
• Humiliation and the Criminal Justice System: How Our Desire to Humiliate Contributes to Recidivism and, Ultimately, Injures Victims, presentation presented at the 2007 Workshop on Humiliation and Violent Conflict, Columbia University, New York City, December 13-14, 2007.
• A Therapeutic Jurisprudence Inquiry Into the Roles of Dignity and Humiliation in the Law, abstract presented at the 2009 Workshop on Humiliation and Violent Conflict, Columbia University, New York City, December 10-11, 2009.
• Understanding the Intersection Between International Human Rights and Mental Disability Law: The Role of Dignity, abstract presented at the 2011 Workshop on Humiliation and Violent Conflict, Columbia University, New York City, December 8-9, 2011.
• Considering the "Alternative Jurisprudences" as a Tool of Social Change to Reduce Humiliation and Uphold Dignity, abstract presented at the 2012 Workshop on Transforming Humiliation and Violent Conflict, Columbia University, New York City, December 6-7, 2012.
• "Friend to the Martyr, A Friend to the Woman Of Shame": How the Adoption of Therapeutic Jurisprudence Best Ensures Dignity and Ends Humiliation, presentation given at the 2013 Workshop on Transforming Humiliation and Violent Conflict, Columbia University, New York City, December 5-6, 2013. See a revised version co-authored with Naomi Weinstein, Esq., titled, "Friend to the Martyr, a Friend to the Woman of Shame": Thinking About the Law, Shame and Humiliation," posted under filename SSRN-id2380701 at the Social Social Science Research Network on January 17, 2014.
• Sexuality, Shame, Disability and Therapeutic Jurisprudence, paper shared at the 2014 Workshop on Transforming Humiliation and Violent Conflict, Columbia University, New York City, December 4-5, 2014.
• co-authored with Naomi Weinstein (2014): "Friend to the martyr, a friend to the woman of shame”: Thinking about the law, shame and humiliation, Southern California Review of Law and Social Justice, September, pp. 1-51, an excerpt from this paper was presented at the Human Dignity & Humiliation Studies Network Conference, at the Morton Deutsch International Center for Cooperation and Conflict Resolution of Columbia University, December 6, 2013.
• co-authored with Alison Lynch (2015): “Had to be Held down by Big Police”: A Therapeutic Jurisprudence Perspective on Interactions between Police and Persons with Mental Disabilities, abstract shared at the 2015 Workshop on Transforming Humiliation and Violent Conflict, Columbia University, New York City, December 3-4, 2015 (Pdf | video 1, video 2).
Alisa Klein is a public policy consultant specializing in the prevention of, and response to sexual violence; sexual violence in and after situations of disaster; sex offender-related public policy; and restorative justice. She serves as the as the lead researcher and writer for the National Project to Prevent and Respond to Sexual Violence in Disasters; as the Public Policy Consultant to the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers; and as a researcher, writer, and public policy analyst and advocate for other organizations working on the prevention of interpersonal violence. Alisa recently completed a six-year term as a member of the Advisory Council to the National Sexual Violence Resource Center; is an Expert Panelist for the Sexual Violence Prevention Project of the International Association of Forensic Nurses; and served as a faculty member to the national training series of the Rape Prevention and Education project of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Division of Violence Prevention. She has written numerous publications on various aspects of interpersonal violence prevention including the 2008 book, Sexual Violence in Disasters: A Planning Guide for Prevention and Response. Alisa has presented workshops, plenary addresses, and trainings on preventing and responding to sexual abuse, creating strategic public policy plans for sexual violence and child maltreatment prevention, public health prevention, effective public policy for sex offender management, preventing and responding to sexual violence in disasters and their aftermath, and using the tools of restorative justice to prevent and respond to interpersonal violence. Alisa has a Bachelor’s degree from Smith College and a Master’s degree in International Policy Studies from the Monterey Institute of International Studies.
De-valorizing Victimhood: Transforming the Dominant Narratives of the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict, abstract presented at the 2010 Workshop on Transforming Humiliation and Violent Conflict, Columbia University, New York City, December 9-10, 2010.
|MANI BRUCE MITCHELL
Mani Bruce Mitchell is also Member of our Global Core Team.
My name is Mani Bruce Mitchell, I am an Educator, a Counsellor, Mentor, Change Agent, Artist – film maker and an intersex person (a person born with atypical genitalia), an issue that has for the last 100 years been shrouded in great mystery, silence and shame. I am also a teacher, a dreamer and in my early 40's (I am now in my 60's) I 'found my voice', I found it with gentleness, the result of attending the residential workshops designed by gifted grief and loss psychiatrist Elisabeth Kübler-Ross.
I made the decision to be out and visible as not only an intersex person, but also a person who does not see or experience the world as fully male or female but as a blended wonderful other. It used to be an un-languaged place, and now wonderfully all around the world intersex people are talking and giving rich texture to this complex and diverse reality.
I have experienced firsthand, at a visceral level what trauma and humiliation does to our sense of self, our soul and heart. I have also been blessed to have experienced the reparative life changing healing that dignity, respect and loving can bring.
My original training was as an educator.
A career change shifted my focus to disaster preparedness where my area of specialty became critical incident stress management.
For the last 20 years I have been a counsellor/therapist with my own private practice. In 1996 I set up what would become the intersex trust of Aotearoa New Zealand (ITANZ)
I have lectured and worked on many stages around the world.
Patchanee Malikhao received her PhD in Sociology from the University of Queensland in Australia, a Master's of Arts degree in Mass Communication from Thammasat University in Thailand, a Master's of Science degree in Printing Technology from Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), Rochester, New York, and a Bachelor of Science (Hons.) in Photographic Science and Printing Technology from Chulalongkorn University in Thailand. She has worked and received extensive trainings in the fields of Communication for Social Change, Imaging Technology, Social Science Research Methods and Data Analyses in Belgium, Australia, and the United States. She was a recipient of many scholarships and awards, including the Fulbright Scholarship, the Australian Postgraduate Award, and the Outstanding Teacher Award. She had worked from September 2008 to July 2011 as a researcher and a lecturer in the School of Public Health at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, USA before she joined Thammasat University in Bangkok, Thailand in July 2011. She has become a Senior Fellow in the CSSC Center at UMass Amherst since 2010. Her latest book is Sex in the Village. Culture, Religion and HIV/AIDS in Thailand (Penang-Chiang Mai: Southbound & Silkworm Publishers, 2011). She is currently a consultant for Fecund Communication, Hong Kong.
• Interviews by Patchanee on ‘Round the world women'.
• An interview with Patchanee
• Culture, Religion, and HIV/Aids in Thailand, paper presented at the 23rd Annual Conference of Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies'Returning Dignity', in Chiang Mai, Northern Thailand, 8th - 12th March 2014
Ove Jakobsen is professor in ecological economics at Bodø Graduate School of Business, University of Nordland, Norway. He has master’s degrees in philosophy (University of Bergen), management (Norwegian School of Economics), and marketing (Buskerud University College). He received his Dr. Oecon. from the Norwegian School of Economics Ove’s main research interests are the need for a shift to an organic worldview in economics and business administration and describing and discussing the consequences of organic thinking in ecological economics, business ethics and spriritual leadership. He has published numerous articles and books internationally in these topics. Ove Jakobsen is leader and co-founder of Centre for Ecological Economics and Ethics,
Member of the board of Bodø Graduate School of Business, Member of the National Committee for Rerearch Ethics in the Social Sciences and the Humanities, and advisor at the North Norwegian Management Foundation.
See some of his publications here:
Storsletten Vivi M. L. & Jakobsen Ove (2013); CSR, Ecology and Economics, in CSR and Beyond – A Nordic Perspective, (Atle Midttun ed), Oslo, Cappelen Damm
Ingebrigtsen, Stig and Jakobsen, Ove (2012); Utopias and realism in Ecologicalk economics - Knowledge, understanding and improvisation, Ecological Economics, vol. 84 (pp. 84-90)
Ims, Knut J.and Jakobsen, Ove D. (2011) Deep authenticity -an essential phenomenon in the web of life in Business Ethics and Corporate Sustaiability (Tencati, a. and Perrini, F. eds.) Edward Elgar
Ingebrigtsen, Stig and Jakobsen, Ove (2011); Circulation economics - An ecological image of man based upon an organic worldview, in Environment, embodiment and gender (Aarø, A.F. and Servan, J. eds.) Hermes Text
Ims, Knut J. and Jakobsen Ove D. (2010); Competition or Cooperation? A Required Shift in the Metaphysics of Economics, in The Collaborative Enterprise - Creating Values for a Sustainable World (Tencati, Antonio and Zsolnai, Laszlo eds.), Oxford, Peter Lang AG International Acdemic Publishers
Ims, Knut J. and Jakobsen Ove D. (2010); Fair Trade Production, in The Collaborative Enterprise - Creating Values for a Sustainable World (Tencati, Antonio and Zsolnai, Laszlo eds.), Oxford, Peter Lang AG International Acdemic Publishers
Jakobsen Ove D. and Nystad, Øystein (2010); Collaborative Waste Management, in The Collaborative Enterprise - Creating Values for a Sustainable World (Tencati, Antonio and Zsolnai, Laszlo eds.), Oxford, Peter Lang AG International Acdemic Publishers
Ingebrigtsen, Stig, Jakobsen, Ove; (2009); Moral development of the economic actor, Ecological economics 68 2777-2784
Ingebrigtsen, Stig and Jakobsen, Ove (2007); Circulation economics - Theory and Practice, Oxford: Peter Lang Publ.
Vivi M. L. Storsletten (1976) is a researcher in ecological economics at Bodø Graduate School of Business, University of Nordland. Her research interests are; ecological economics, business ethics and spriritual leadership. She has a master degree in ecological economics, studying the correlations between economic efficiency and quality in kindergartens. The context of interpretation was theory in neo-classical and ecological economics, moral philosophy and motivational theories. She has a master degree in business administration, specially focusing on the retailing industry, sustainability and global responsibility correlated to leadership models based on founding principles within mechanistic and organic worldviews. She has a bachelor in optometry. The interest of optics, visual perception and the significance of seeing and acknowledging new patterns are inspirations for her work.
|RAGNHILD S. NILSEN
Ragnhild S. Nilsen holds a M.A. in Communication Arts and Movement Therapy and an M.A in Music and Education. Ragnhild is partner in CoachTeam as. She is reckoned as one of Scandinavia 's most skilled course holders and lecturers and is a sought-after coach and communication artist. Furthermore, Ragnhild S. Nilsen is the author of several books, both fiction and non-fiction, that are sold worldwide. [...] Ragnhild S. Nilsen has served on the Board of the Norwegian Strømme Foundation, and has developed humanitarian projects worldwide, from East-Timor to Africa and South-America. She is founder of Global Fair Trade and member on the board.
Beth Fisher-Yoshida is also a Member of the HumanDHS Global Advisory Board.
Beth Fisher-Yoshida is the Academic Director of the Master of Science Program in Negotiation and Conflict Resolution at the School of Continuing Education at Columbia University, New York City. Prior to that, she was the Associate Director of ICCCR and engaged in the participatory action research (PAR) activities of the ICCCR.
She received her Ph.D. in Human and Organizational Systems and M.A. in Organizational Development from Fielding Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara, California. She graduated with honors when she received her M.A. from Teachers College, Columbia University. She also received both a B.A. and a B.S. from Buffalo State College. Dr. Fisher-Yoshida is a Certified Clinical Sociologist (C.C.S.).
Dr. Fisher-Yoshida has conducted research in the areas of intercultural communication and conflict resolution & transformative learning. Dr. Fisher-Yoshida has more than 20 years experience in working with people in organizations. Her areas of specialization include working with client organizations in supporting their change efforts through addressing: conflict resolution, diversity, communication, team building, performance management systems and leadership development. She has been very active in professional organizations holding many leadership positions.
VICTORIA C. FONTAN
Magnus Haavelsrud is also a Member of the HumanDHS Global Advisory Board.
He is Professor of Education at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim, Norway. His work deals with the critique of the reproductive role of education and the possibilities for transcendence of this reproduction in light of the traditions of educational sociology and peace research. He took part in the creation of the Peace Education Commission of the International Peace Research Association at the beginning of the 70’s and served as the Commissions 2nd Executive Secretary 1975-79. He was the Chairperson for the World Conference on Education in 1974 and edited the proceeding from this conference entitled Education for Peace: Reflection and Action. He served as the Carl-von-Ossietzky Guest Professor of the German Council for Peace and Conflict Research.
Publications include: Education in Developments (1996), Perspektiv i utdanningssosiologi (Perspectives in the Sociology of Education (1997, 2nd edition), Education Within the Archipelago of Peace Research 1945 - 1964, (co-authored with Mario Borrelli, 1993) and Disarming: Discourse on Violence and Peace (editor, 1993).
Hans Kolstad is Associated Researcher at INCEVIDA. He is specialized in European continental philosophy. He has a French D.E.A.-degree in Philosophy from University of Strasbourg and is Doctor of Philosophy (dr.philos.) from University of Oslo. His main interest is the study of philosophical analysis and its application to the theories of knowledge and education in order to establish new methods and models of understanding. He has published more than 25 books on different philosophical and humanistic topics. He is a member of the Senior Common Room of Grey College, University of Durham, England. He is also a member of the board of the International Consortium for Social Development (ICSD), European Branch, and an honorary member of the organisation International Network for Traditional Building, Arts & Urbanism (I N T B A U), The Prince's Foundation, London. In Norway he is the editor of the first collected works of Plato in Norwegian.
|JAMES ALEXANDER ARNFINSEN
James Alexander Arnfinsen grew up in Oslo with a Norwegian father and English mother. Since 2005 he has studied and lived in Trondheim, Norway. He has a teacher education from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) and additional training in dialogue facilitation and conflict mediation. Today he works as a mediator through the Norwegian Mediation and Reconciliation Service. In working with conflict his long term goal is to see constructive forms of communication and mediation skills becoming a central part of the Norwegian school system, both as a lived and applied competency amongst teachers and as an integrated part of the curriculum for students at all ages.
Besides this he is an advocate for transformative practices that include the body and that foster our innate ability for being and becoming more aware. In this regard he regularly practices in the martial art aikido and is part of a Scandinavian group that receives training from Arawana Hayashi in what is called Social Presencing Theater. Meditation practice as taught by Jes Bertelsen and the Center for Growth in Denmark is also a prime inspiration in relation to this line of work.
In his spare time James hosts a Scandinavian podcastshow called Levevei™ (eng. «way of life»), a show that explores different perspective pertaining to personal, relational and societal transformation. The show invites guests from all the Scandinavian countries, in addition to many international and English speaking guests.
Please feel free to contact James at: james.arnfinsen @ gmail.com or +47 95119734.
Dr. Johannes I. (Hans) Bakker has been a Professor of Sociology and Anthropology at the University of Guelph for thirty-two years. He retired September 1, 2012 in order to write and travel. He is the author of Toward A Just Civilization (1993) and has edited The World Food Crisis (1990), Gandhi and the Gita (1993) and Sustainability and International Rural Development (1995), as well as 47 articles in refereed journals and books. His current research interests include: the impact of Neo-Kantianism on Weber and Simmel, the effects of "patrimonial-prebendalism" on economic and political development, and the importance of civilizational World-views. For the last ten years he has taught a seminar on Charles Sanders Peirce's triadic epistemology and "Pragmaticist" semiotics. (Peirce's semiotics is different from Postmodernist semiologie.) He recently edited a special issue of The American Sociologist devoted to Peirce's semiotics and Norbert Wiley's The Semiotic Self (a University of Chicago Press book). He regularly attends the American Sociological Association (ASA) conferences and is active in four sections of ASA. His applied development work in Indonesia will hopefully continue. Every time he travels to Indonesia he attempts to improve his Indonesian (Bahasa Indonesia). He greatly enjoyed the island of Bali and has written several papers about Balinese culture and society. He is a "Frisian-Dutch American-Canadian" who has carried out research in India and Indonesia as well as the Netherlands and North America. He is also a father and a Kripalu certified yoga instructor who attends Unitarian-Universalist services and has received Tibetan Buddhist initiations. He does yoga and meditation regularly. See semioticsigns.com.
Dr. Rainer Rosenzweig is a perception scientist and lecturer at the Georg Simon Ohm University of Applied Sciences Nuremberg (Technische Hochschule Nürnberg). He is one of the founders of the of the hands-on science center turmdersinne ("Tower of the Sense") in Nuremberg, Germany, and was his managing director until April 2016. He was born in Nuremberg in 1968, studied mathematics at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, where he received his diploma in 1995. He earned his doctorate in perceptual psychophysics at the University of Wuerzburg in 2003. From 1999 - 2000 he was managing director of the Humanist Association of Bavaria (HVD Bayern, then HVD Nuremberg) and 2000 - 2003 assistant of the management at the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics. In 2003 he became the managing director of Bavaria-California Technology Center BaCaTeC at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg. Since October 2014 he is lecturer for perception science at the Technische Hochschule in Nuremberg.
Rainer Rosenzweig and his "turmdersinne"-team created an excellent public platform to discuss the latest findings in the fields of cognition science, neuroscience, psychology, and philosophy. He established a yearly symposium of popular science in these fields with many famous scientists as speakers.
He is the author of many articles about perception and editor of a book series with the contributions of these symposia, most of them in co-editorship with Helmut Fink. Rainer Rosenzweig is also a member of the Scientific Council of the German Skeptics Society, among others, then the Society for the Scientific Investigation of Para Sciences GWUP e.V., board member of the Coordinating Board of secular organizations KORSO e.V., and member of the Council of the Giordano-Bruno-Stiftung.
Zehlia Babaci-Wilhite is also a Member of the HumanDHS Research Team.
Dr. Zehlia Babaci-Wilhite is a multi-lingual educator and researcher with a Doctorate in Education and Development from the University of Oslo (UiO), Norway. Her research interests include Language and Rights in Education, Development Aid and African Higher Education. Her dissertation explores the consequences of linguistic choices for quality education as a right in education. With more than 20 years of teaching experience in multiple countries including France, USA, Japan, India, and Norway, her strength lies in international learning, development, and human rights. She has supervised numerous master theses in Comparative and International Education. She is the author of many published articles in tier one academic journals and book chapters. Dr. Babaci-Wilhite has presented her papers at prestigious international conferences as well as invited guest lecturer. She has been a member of the Language of Instruction in Tanzania and South Africa (LOITASA) team of researchers, and, as LOITASA member, has presented her work at workshops in Tanzania and South Africa. Currently, she is a visiting scholar at the Graduate School of Education and at the Lawrence Hall of Science at the University of California-Berkeley.
Language As a Right in Education: A Case Study of Zanzibar Curriculum Reform, abstract presented by Zehlia Babaci-Wilhite & MacLeans Geo-JaJa at the 2011 Workshop on Transforming Humiliation and Violent Conflict, Columbia University, New York City, December 8-9, 2011.
Preservation of local languages-in-education: Why not in Africa?, abstract presented at the 2012 Workshop on Transforming Humiliation and Violent Conflict, Columbia University, New York City, December 6-7, 2012. See video recording.
Search for Dignity by Implementing African Languages in African School, abstract presented at the 21st Annual Conference of Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies "Search for Dignity," in South Africa, 25th - 28th April 2013. See a video of her presentation on Day Three of the conference, 26th April 2013.
Giving Space to African Voices: Rights in Local Languages and Local Curriculum. Rotterdam, The Netherlands: Sense, 2014, edited by Zehlia Babaci-Wilhite.
|HEIDRUN SØLNA OVERBY
Heidrun Sølna Øverby is a Norwegian drama educator, writer and facilitator/director. She has an MA in theatre/drama from NTNU, Trondheim, Norway where she wrote the following thesis: “Theatre as a method to communicate climatic awareness in rural areas. A study for the RASPAP project in South Africa,” where she did an Internship with a South African NGO. She is currently working as a museum educator at MiA, the museums in Akershus. [read more]
|JOY DUMSILE NDWANDWE
Joy Dumsile Ndwandwe is an indigenous prophet, writer, facilitator, researcher and public speaker with municipal working experience in Swaziland, Zambia, and South Africa; acquired writing, report writing, presentation and facilitation skills in the following: African Humanism Leadership; Indigenous Knowledge Systems; Project Management; and Local Economic Development. She has experience in national and local government strategic planning and financial management, including developing, directing programs aimed at establishing sound fiscal management; local economic development; and capacity building.
See some of her work:
• Video: Swaziland former King Sobhuza II by Jan Van Der Meer and Joy Ndwandwe, published on 2 Feb 2013 and produced by voluntourist Jan van der Meer. A new book is unearthing King Sobhuza II and his philosophy, written by Joy LaNdwandwe to show the cosmology and ontology that was lost centuries ago. It is recommended to universities world-wide. As a Prophet, Joy trained at the Institute of Right Brain Research of Dr. Steven Hlophe in Montreal, Canada. She authored Releasing Monkeys and Spirit of Kwandza.
• Siyinqaba: We Are Fortress, Incwala Ceremony, in Weekend Obersver, Saturday to Sunday 10 -20 January 2013, page 29
• Sibaya System: Our Indigenous Governance Tool, in The Swazi Observer, 6 October 2012, page 23
• The Nwandwes and the Incwala Ceremony, in Weekend Obersver, Saturday to Sunday 22 -23 December, 2012, page 28
• Umhlanga weLutsango LwaboMake BakaNgwane: My Journey in Regimency, in Weekend Observer, Saturday to Sunday 11 -12 August 2012, page 19
Video Ubuntu Open Space Dignilogue session, 25th April 2013 (unfortunately, reduced video quality), created at the the 21st Annual Conference of Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies, 24th-27th April 2013, in Stellenbosch, South Africa.
Video Ubuntu, summary by Joy Ndwandwe, 26th April 2013, created at the 21st Annual Conference of Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies, 24th-27th April 2013, in Stellenbosch, South Africa.
Baba Credo Mutwa, in Weekend Observer, Saturday to Sunday 4 -5 May 2013, page 2.
King Mswati Birthday Letter from Joy, in The Swazi Observer, 18 April 2013, page 54.
In Commemoration of the Late King Sobhuza II's Legacy, in Weekend Observer, National News, Saturday-Sunday 20-21 September 2013, page 20-21.
Prophet LaNdwandwe Goes International, in Weekend Observer, National News, Saturday-Sunday 12-13 October 2013, page 20-21.
|BATHABILE K.S. MTHOMBENI
Bathabile K.S. Mthombeni, J.D., founder and owner of Untangled Resolutions: The Problem Is the Answer in New York City, NY, USA, is a seasoned mediator, negotiator, educator, entrepreneur and online radio talk show host. A cum laude graduate of Princeton University, she earned her law degree from Columbia University. She has been mediating for nine years. Bathabile Mthombeni is a board member of the New York City State Dispute Resolution Association and an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Dispute Resolution Program at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City. She is a former Associate University Ombuds Officer for Columbia University. There she helped over 1200 people address their disputes. Ms. Mthombeni is well known as a dynamic and gifted speaker who has developed and presented numerous workshops and panel presentations on negotiation, conflict resolution, and diversity at venues like Columbia and Princeton Universities, CUNY, Dress for Success, and the New York City Bar Association. She hosts a weekly online radio show about the lives and work of mediators called SANGOMA, Stories from the Frontlines of Mediation. Bathabile Mthombeni is also a video/documentary film producer and a singer/songwriter/guitarist.
Dr. Khaled Fattah is a guest lecturer at Lund University in Sweden. In addition to a number of post graduate studies in the fields of intercultural communication, cultural psychology and development studies, Dr. Fattah holds a PhD in international relations from the University of St Andrews in the UK. He has worked as a lecturer and trainer for the Netherlands Royal Tropical Institute, and as a lead researcher, senior consultant and regional expert for the German international development cooperation sector, the EU and UN organizations in the Middle East. Dr Fattah is often interviewed and quoted in international media outlets as a distinguished expert on Yemen and state-tribe relations in the Arab world. His forthcoming academic works are entitled "Political Modernization in Tribal Middle Eastern Societies" and "Tribes and Revolutions in the Middle East."
Please see more here:
- Carnegie Middle East Center
- Canada's Hub for International Affairs
- Center for International and Regional Studies (CIRS), Georgetown University
- A Clash of Emotions: The Politics of Humiliation and Political Violence in the Middle East, co-authored with Karin M. Fierke, University of St. Andrews, UK, in European Journal of International Relations, 15 (March 2009), pp. 67-93, doi: 10.1177/1354066108100053. Abstract: After the attacks of 9/11 Americans asked, 'Why do they hate us so much?' The answer has been framed in terms of a range of 'clashes', none of which has addressed emotion, which is at the centre of the question. Emotion, and particularly humiliation, has begun to be addressed within the literature of IR. Numerous scholars have highlighted the pervasiveness of a discourse of humiliation in the Middle East and its relationship to the swelling ranks of recruits who are willing to act as human bombs. The purpose of this article is to examine the emotional dynamics of this relationship. The first section undertakes a conceptual analysis of humiliation and betrayal. The second section explores how these emotions have been given coherent meaning in the narrative of Islamists from the region. This is followed by an historical analysis of how this narrative has provided a framework for giving meaning to a range of national, regional and international interactions, particularly since 1967, and has contributed to the emergence of Islam as the basis for transnational identity in what had become a highly secular region. Section three examines flaws in the logic of both militant Islamists and the US-led 'War on Terrorism', arguing that both have exacerbated feelings of humiliation in the region rather than contributing to a restoration of dignity. The conclusion builds on the principle of human dignity to rethink the international approach to political violence.
SAMIR SANAD BASTA
|DANIEL L. SHAPIRO
Daniel L. Shapiro, Ph.D., is also a Member of the HumanDHS Global Advisory Board, and Senior Advisor of the Public Policy project.
Dan is the Associate Director of the Harvard Negotiation Project at Harvard Law School. He is on the faculty of Harvard Law School and Harvard Medical School's Department of Psychiatry. Trained in clinical psychology, his research and teaching focus primarily on the role of emotions in negotiation and international conflict management. Currently, he is working with Professor Roger Fisher on a book on how to deal with emotions in negotiation.
Dr. Shapiro consults widely to governments, businesses, and school systems, and has developed conflict management programs both domestically and internationally. Through funding from the Soros Foundation, he developed a conflict management program that has reached nearly one million people in 22 countries across Eastern and Central Europe.
Please see The Nature of Humiliation, note presented at the 2004 Workshop on Humiliation and Violent Conflict, Columbia University, New York City, November 18-19, 2004.
Daniel Shapiro is leading HumanDHS's Public Policy for Equal Dignity project. He is teaching a course on Negotiation: Dealing with Emotions at Harvard Law School.
Karen Murphy is also a Member of the HumanDHS Global Advisory Board.
Karen Murphy gained her Ph.D. in the Program in American Studies at the University of Minnesota in 1996. Since 1997, Karen has worked for Facing History and Ourselves, an international educational NGO. She is the Director of International Programs for Facing History.
Major projects include the coordination of international fellows project and program related work for England, Northern Ireland, Rwanda, Colombia, the Czech Republic and South Africa, in addition to outreach for future projects, project development, research and writing, all particularly focused on transitional justice issues (Rwanda, South Africa, Northern Ireland, US, Germany are the major case studies).
Karen Murphy has also been a consultant for work based in the United States, including on Without Sanctuary: Lynching Photography in America, for the New York Historical Society (2000), for the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh (2000-2001), and the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site in Atlanta (2001-2002). Karen consulted on programming, development of teaching materials, and she designed and facilitated public discussions. Karen is also a consultant, curator and writer for National Video Resources, the After 9.11 Collection (2001-2002), and the Viewing Race Collection (2001). She has furthermore been a research associate for Peter Balakian's The Burning Tigris: The Armenian Genocide and America 's Response (1999-2001). Since 1999, she has been a Board Member of the New Haven Academy, where she helped to plan the curriculum and developed special projects. She is also on the board of a South African nonprofit organization, Facing the Past, based in Cape Town.
|EDWARD J. EMERY
Edward J. Emergy is also a Member of the HumanDHS Global Core Team and HumanDHS Research Team.
He is the Chief Representative to the United Nations for World Information Transfer, an international NGO in Genral Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council at the UN. He is also a Senior Partner with Ethical Futures and a psychoanalyst in private practice. Dr. Emery has lectured and taught internationally.
An Ethics of Engagement: Shame and the Genesis of Violence, paper presented at a Conference of the Peacemaker Corps Association in Honor of Sergio Vieira de Mello "Peacemaking in the Family: Nuclear, Community and Global" United Nations Headquarters, February 27, 2004. Forthcoming in Psychotherapy and Politics International in 2004 (2) 3.
Musings on Shame and Idolization, abstract presented at the 2007 Workshop on Humiliation and Violent Conflict, Columbia University, New York City, December 13-14, 2007.
AMY C. HUDNALL
Tony Jenkins is also a Member of the HumanDHS Research Team.
He is the Coordinator as well as Director of Administration and Research at the Peace Education Center of Teachers College, Columbia University and the General Coordinator of the International Institutes on Peace Education (IIPE), planning and coordinating institutes in the Manila, Seoul, and Istanbul and in 2005, Rhodes, Greece. His current work focuses on pedagogical research and educational design with emphasis on disarmament, gender and human rights education. Tony regularly conducts courses and workshops in peace education at Teachers College New York City and Tokyo campuses, and at United Nations-mandated University for Peace in Costa Rica.
Judit Révész is also a Member in the HumanDHS Global Coordinating Team, the HumanDHS Global Core Team and the Global Coordinating Team. She generously donates her free time, since 2003, to handle all the messages sent to our website through our Contact Us page.
Judit joined Barnard College in August 2016 as the college's ombuds officer. Prior to that Judit worked as a Consultant Case Officer at the United Nations Office of the Ombudsman for Funds & Programmes (UNDP, UNFPA, UNICEF and UNOPS), providing services for those whose want to resolve their workplace related conflict within the informal conflict resolution system.
In 2007 Judit received her Master of Science in Organization Development from the American University and the NTL Institute joint program. Prior to that, she graduated from ELTE School of Law Budapest, Hungary in 1998 and practiced litigation and corporate law for a year in Hungary. She then studied conflict resolution and mediation at Columbia University, Teachers College, in New York in 2001. Judit subsequently worked as a mediator in New York on cases referred by the Small Claims Court. In this capacity she experienced how mediation actually fulfills the deepest meaning of conflict resolution for all parties as opposed to only litigation. She also worked as a facilitator on numerous conflict resolution courses and trainings at Teachers College and at the United Nations. She has been involved with Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies since its inception, as its NY resident, and kindly taking upon herself the important role of the HumanDHS website contact person.
For most of the past 13 years, Adrian Millar has been a stay-at-home father. Yet, he has also somehow found time to write two works of non-fiction and two novels. In the former category is Socio-ideological Fantasy and the Northern Ireland Conflict: the Other side, which was published by Manchester University Press in 2006 as part of their New Approaches to Conflict Analysis series. Now comes The Quiet Life, a plot-driven novel that tells the story of a brother and sister growing up in the political conflict in Northern Ireland, and the trials they have to go through to be true to themselves. (The Quiet Life can be sampled or purchased at smashwords.) While Professor Richard English of Queen’s University described Adrian's 2006 book as “thoughtful, fascinating and original,” some best-selling novelists have declared themselves impressed with his foray into story-telling. Marian Keyes said The Quiet Life is “brilliant” and Patricia Scanlan found it “very pacy,” “authentic” and an “eye-opener.” Adrian’s next book, a work of non-fiction based on his blog is about finding beauty in everyday life. “Before I had my children,' Adrian says, 'I lived in Japan, Britain and France and was awarded a PhD in Japanese and a PhD in politics. I also trained to be a Catholic priest in the Jesuits. So, as you can see, I am supremely qualified for my current job of child-rearing, involving, as it does, an awful lot of politics, a wing and prayer, and what seems like a lot of Japanese, for all the listening my kids ever do to me.”
Duke Duchscherer is also a Member of the HumanDHS Global Core Team.
Duke Duchscherer is a Certified Trainer with the International Center for Nonviolent Communication and is on the Board of Directors for the MK Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence. For the past 17 years Duke has taught and facilitated peacebuilding and reconciliation processes with a depth and breadth of peoples and groups from the grassroots to the United Nations on four continents. For more than 2 years Duke has been learning from Dominic Barter (originator of the Restorative Circle process) while helping to set up a Restorative System for a university and a church; and teaching and applying the process within small groups and communities across N. America, Europe and Asia. Duke has a deep passion to find ways to (re)build relationships that acknowledges shared interdependence while affirming the unique strength and beauty in each person/group.
| NOAM EBNER
Born in the US and residing in Israel, Noam is an attorney and an accomplished mediator. Directing a Jerusalem-based mediation center, he has dealt with hundreds of conflicts as a third party neutral or advisor. Settling day-to-day conflicts in a conflictual locale, Noam has dealt with issues ranging from divorce mediation and business disputes to the Israeli - Palestinian conflict. He has founded Israel 's first Campus Mediation Center at Bar-Ilan University, and serves on advisory boards and panels of various community mediation centers, Bar Association committees and Israeli-Palestinian dialogue groups. Noam balances teaching with practice, and believes in a hands-on method that encourages students to begin practicing their new skills as soon as they enter the classroom. Using this approach, Noam has taught and trained in Israel's leading universities, colleges and organizations and is a faculty member of Sabanci University's Graduate Program on Conflict Analysis and Resolution in Istanbul, Turkey.
Yoav Peck, a native of New York, earned his BA at Berkeley and shortly thereafter traveled to Israel as a tourist. He fell in love with the country and chose to make Israel his home in 1973. Yoav lived, for fifteen years, as a member of Kibbutz Kfar Hanassi in the Upper Galilee, where he worked in agriculture, child-care, and as a psychotherapist and organizational consultant for the kibbutz movement.
For three years, he served as Central Emissary to the Reform Movement in New York. Upon his return to Israel, Yoav moved with his family to Jerusalem, where he served for three years as National Director of the Association of Americans and Canadians in Israel and was Founding Chairman of the Organization of Immigrant Organizations.
Today, Yoav is an independent organizational consultant. His Institute, “Kivun” (direction) conducts projects for the advancement of human dignity in Israel and abroad. Among his clients are the Ministries of Health, Interior, Absorption and the Foreign Ministry, schools, hospitals, and also private industry. He recently conducted human dignity trainings for the Missouri Department of Social Services and for the Serbian Education Ministry. Yoav works in cooperation with “Person to Person,” an NGO devoted to the advancement of human dignity founded by Alouph Hareven, who recently received the prize of the Speaker of the Knesset (parliament) in recognition for his work on the advancement of human dignity. "Person to Person" was formed after we parted from the “Sikkuy” Association, and is exclusively devoted to human dignity advancement in Israel and abroad.
During the height of the period of terrorist bombings in Jerusalem, Yoav served on staff at the Israel Center for the Treatment of Psychotrauma where he worked as a therapist and conducted special projects, including a resilience-building program for public transport security personnel.
Yoav holds a Master's Degree in Organizational Psychology from Norwich University. He is a reserve officer in the IDF Human Science Division. His wife, Frumit, is a “Feldenkrais System” practitioner. Yoav's son Tal is studying agriculture, and his daughter Noa is a social worker. Frumit and Yoav's daughter, Aviv, is seven years old and learns at the Jewish-Arab “Hand-in-Hand” experimental school in Jerusalem.
Yoav has been active in the Israeli Peace Movement since 1979, and has worked intensively in the realm of Palestinian Israeli youth dialogue.
Yoav's hobbies include running, sailing, and playing music.
Yoav writes (22nd February 2007 ): " I am interested in networking with practitioners, since we are not a research operation but rather a field-work outfit, as you know. Im particularly interested in education professionals. I think our model for dignified schools is adaptable in any culture, as we demonstrated in Serbia. We recently took stock of what we have achieved so far and discovered that we have worked with over 20,000 people over the past ten years!"
Palestinians at Mauthausen, in Jerusalem Report, 2005, and Human Dignity in Organizations, 2006.
Please see also his analysis Human Dignity in Israeli Elementary Schools: A Rationale for a Project in Nine Schools, 2007.
Human Dignity in Schools: A Practical Approach, in Ganesan, Dakshinamoorthi Raja, and Brown, Philip M. (Eds.), Humiliation in the Academic Setting: A Special Symposium Issue of ‘Experiments in Education’, New Delhi: S.I.T.U. Council of Educational Research, XXXVI (3, March 2008), pp, 71-.
Avi Shahaf was born (1951) and raised in Tel Aviv, Israel. He completed his BA in Sociology and Anthropology and his MA in Organizational Development – both in Tel Aviv University. Avi Shahaf has been dedicating most of his adult life to working as an organizational consultant who specializes in facilitating processes for advancing human dignity in different organizations. For seven years, Avi managed an institute which focused on the development of managers and workers handling youth at risk.
During the past several years he has developed, together with a team of professionals, a concept which differentiates between respect for a person due to his/her status, due to his/her activities and inasmuch he/she is a human being. In addition, they have formed workshops enabling groups and teams to identify the expressions of mutual respect in the roles and tasks they fill, transformed insights which came from the workshops into organizational mechanisms, and accompanied the different processes with measurement and documentation.
The uniqueness of the work of Avi and the team of professionals he leads is in the integration between one main theme – human dignity – and concepts and tools of organizational development which their core aim is to make a change in the organizational culture.
Avi and the team he leads have been carrying out processes for advancing human dignity in schools, in the Israeli Defense Forces (focusing on both commander – subordinate relations and Israeli soldier – Palestinian civilian relations), in government offices, municipalities and business organizations.
Apart from working in Israel, he has facilitated programmes in the US and in Serbia as well.
Avi and his team are aware of the fact that the processes take time and sometimes demand facing disappointments or frustration, but above all they believe these processes answer a human universal need.
Avi is married to Nira, a Psychotherapist and Movement Therapist, and is a father of two girls – Netta and Gal.
• Human Dignity Advancement in Schools: Concept and Implementation, Dignilogue at the 25th Annual Conference of Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies 'A Life of Dignity for All', in Kigali, Rwanda, 5th-8th June 2015.
• How Can We Advance the Value of Human Dignity in Relation to Urban Population? Theoretical Framework, Basic Assumptions, Guiding Principles, and Discussion, Dignilogue with Avi Shahaf (see Powerpoint | WDU Message), Dignilogue facilitated on 21st September 2016 at the 27th Annual Conference of Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies 'Cities at Risk - From Humiliation to Dignity', in Dubrovnik, Croatia, 19th - 23rd September 2016.
Nira Shahaf was born in Tel Aviv in 1956. Since early childhood it was clear that dance is her way to express herself. She was a member in two Israeli dance groups and taught dance in her own private school. She has B.A in Theater and Education from Tel Aviv University and M.A in Education and Dance therapy from Haifa University. She has also diplomas in psychotherapy in a psychoanalytic approach and in CBT (Cognitive & Behavioral Therapy). She integrates in her work the PE (Prolonged Exposure) approach that was developed by professor Edna Foa. During 15 years she worked in three big hospitals with adolescents who suffered from psychiatric problems, eating disorders and post trauma. She is teaching and training students and she is a supervisor in the Israel educational system. She has a private clinic.
NADA BRUER LJUBIŠIĆ
Almira Hadžić–Timkov has studied international economy at the University of Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and works as general manager of an insurance company in Sarajevo. She is interested in broadcast journalism, field and studio reporting, writing stories, news research and production, and confirming sources. She loves developing creative story ideas based on research of freedom of expression and freedom of press in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and on the impact of international treaties that guarantee freedom of expression as a fundamental human right necessary for democracy. Her stories also address the obstacles that reporters in emerging democracies and developing countries face when they want to do investigative reporting and the risks they have to take for that. Almira engages in public speaking, and in research of the impact of public speaking on citizen judgment especially during national elections. Research results have shown that parties that use promises and false information in public speeches have a stronger impact on citizen judgment than others, such as nongovernment organizations that use fact-based information but are unable, in their public speak, to inspire and build trust and confidence in others and thus influence decisions by spreading trust.
|GEORGE W. WOODS
George Woods, M.D., is also a Member of the HumanDHS Global Advisory Board.
He is Board Certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. He is also a Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. Dr. Woods has been recognized nationally for his clinical work in chemical dependency, consultation-liaison (study of the relationship between physical disorders and mental disorders), and sleep disorders. In 1992, he was named Clinical Director of the Year for National Medical Enterprise's chemical dependency and rehabilitation divisions. The International Academy of Law and Mental Health elected Dr. Woods to its International Board of Directors in 2003, and he was elevated to Secretary General of the International Academy of Law and Mental Health in 2009. The Health Law Institute of Depaul University College of Law elected Dr. Woods to its Health Law Institute's Advisory Board in 2004. Dr. Woods was appointed to the Advisory Board of the California Center for African Peace and Conflict Resolution in 2007. He is a certified mediator.
Dr. Woods has consulted with the Kenyan and Tanzanian medical organizations after the Kenyan/Tanzanian Embassy bombings in 1998, helping each country respond to the bombings and create mental health delivery systems. Dr. Woods is licensed in Zanzibar, East Africa as well as in California. He has also consulted with Department of Psychiatry, Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda, in the development of humanitarian forensic psychiatric services.
Dr. Woods is currently an Affiliate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, Morehouse School of Medicine, Atlanta, Georgia. He was also an Adjunct Faculty member in the Department of Educational Leadership and Public Policy, California State University, Sacramento, California. Dr. Woods is a faculty member of the National Institute for Trial Advocacy based at Notre Dame University. He was an Adjunct Professor at the University of California at Davis School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry, in the Forensic Psychiatry Postgraduate Fellowship from 1995 to 2000.
Dr. Woods is a frequent lecturer for many continuing legal education programs and training seminars, including the Matthew Bender Legal Publishing Company Lecture Series. Dr. Woods lectures and teaches for corporations, law firms, and academic institutions, nationally and internationally, on methods of developing educational and organizational learning strategies, executive coaching, understanding trends in cognitive development, and organizational effectiveness. He has worked with authors and actors in character development. Dr. Woods has also consulted on high profile cases nationally and internationally.
From the Plantations/Asylums to the Prisons: The Relationship between Humiliation, Stigma, Economics and Correctional Care for the Mentally Ill, abstract presented at the 2010 Workshop on Transforming Humiliation and Violent Conflict, Columbia University, New York City, December 9-10, 2010.
|HENRY LOUIS TAYLOR, JR.
Henry Taylor is Professor at the Department of Urban, and Regional Planning Director at the Center for Urban Studies School of Architecture and Planning at the University at Buffalo, the State University of New York.
The Center for Urban Studies (CENTER) is a research and community development unit located in the UB School of Architecture and Planning. It's mission is to (1) engage in research that produces knowledge which contributes to understanding and solving the problem of neighborhood distress and building a sustainable urban metropolis (2) develop a model for transforming distressed urban neighborhoods into socially functional communities that are based on the principles of solidarity, collaboration, cosmopolitanism, reciprocity, participatory democracy and social justice, and (3) train students in urban and regional planning with the ability to recreate and rebuild a sustainable metropolis based on socioeconomic justice.
The Center for Urban Studies (CENTER) was founded by Professor Henry Louis Taylor, Jr. to popularize public service at UB and to facilitate the university’s transition from a detached Ivory tower to a democratic cosmopolitan civically engaged university. Within this framework, the primary goal was to strengthen the university’s involvement in the effort to revitalize distressed inner city communities. Toward this end, the CENTER established an interdisciplinary Masters program in Applied Public Affairs, which was based on problem-based learning. To facilitate its work, the CENTER was located in the Office of the Vice President for Public Service and Urban Affairs.
Henry Louis Taylor, Jr., Inside El Barrio: A Bottom-Up View of Castro's Cuba. Stylus, 2009.
MACLEANS A. GEO-JAJA
David Balosa is also a Member of the HumanDHS Research Team.
David wrote (on 30th September 2013:) I am an Angolan-American Scholar whose research interests include language domination, Spanish in the US, political discourse analysis, sociolinguistics, interculturality, critical intercultural communication theories, postcolonial theories, and moral, social, and political philosophy. I am a retired High School teacher of French and Spanish from the School district of Philadelphia since 2013. I am now an Adjunct Professor of English and Foreign Languages at Delaware State University (DSU), Dover, DE, where I teach Swahili, French, Portuguese and Spanish, 2013 - present. I taught Functional Grammar Discourse and Language and Culture for Classroom Teachers, at Pennsylvania State University, Abington in 2010-2011. I taught English for International Students and Adult Basic Literacy at LaSalle University from 2002-2010 I taught Elementary and Intermediate French at Community College of Philadelphia (CCP) from 206-2010 I am a poet.
David added on 5th October 2013: Many observers of the role of scholarship in the age of globalization may agree that scholarship has also been affected by capitalistic mentality. It would take a human dignifying research perspective to overcome the challenge and address the need of bringing back research to its primary mission - providing information to humankind for well informed global intercultural citizenship for dignity, generosity, unity, and common humanity.
Please see here:
• Global Intercultural Citizenship for Dignity: Philo-politico-Educational Perspectives
Abstract presented at the 2013 Workshop on Transforming Humiliation and Violent Conflict, Columbia University, New York City, December 5-6, 2013. See also his Powerpoint presentation, and see his sharing of the fable of The Rat and Toad (Morale: Humiliation creates crisis).
• The Politics of Language in the U.S. - Humiliation for Language Minority Speakers, paper contributed to the 2014 Workshop on Transforming Humiliation and Violent Conflict, Columbia University, New York City, December 4-5, 2014.
• Global Intercultural Citizenship (GIC) in Rwandan Reconstructive Dialogue (Abstract | Powerpoint | Video), co-authored with Seif Sekalala, paper contributed to the 2014 Workshop on Transforming Humiliation and Violent Conflict, Columbia University, New York City, December 4-5, 2014.
• Global Intercultural Citizenship in “Dignity Studies” Specialization, abstract shared at the 2015 Workshop on Transforming Humiliation and Violent Conflict, Columbia University, New York City, December 3-4, 2015 (Abstract | Powerpoint | Video 1, Video 2).
Seif Sekalala is also a Member of the HumanDHS Research Team.
Seif shared with us his background on 11th November 2014: "I was born in Uganda, East Africa, and came to the United States to pursue higher education (among other reasons) after high school in 2004; I have family spread out over 3 continents, and I love interacting with people from all over the globe. Given that background, perhaps it is no accident that I ended up studying what I study. I draw the inspiration for my research from some of the experiences my family and I have had in Africa and the West, and my overarching ambition is to understand and to fight some of the root causes of global injustice and inequality.
As of 2012 to 2016, the biggest project I am working on is my dissertation, in which I examine the narratives of Rwandan former refugees and genocide survivors (“FRGS”), and their expressions of coherence and resilience.
I am honored and delighted to be part of the HumanDHS fellowship of scholars, activists, and humanists. May peace and human dignity prevail in our world.
The goals of the researcher must be to empathize with the subject, to enter the subject’s realm of experience, and to attempt to understand the value of the person as an individual.
• Global Intercultural Citizenship (GIC) in Rwandan Reconstructive Dialogue (Abstract | Powerpoint | Video), co-authored with David Balosa, paper contributed to the 2014 Workshop on Transforming Humiliation and Violent Conflict, Columbia University, New York City, December 4-5, 2014.
LUCIEN XAVIER LOMBARDO
Gregory J. Jemsek, M.A., is a Narrative Therapist and Leadership Consultant based in Ashland, Oregon, USA. He has worked internationally with Community Leadership organizations since 1986, including LISA, Leadership Plus, and the American Leadership Forum, providing Leadership development workshops and individual coaching to program participants. Greg has also worked as a Medical Educator, a University Lecturer, and an Organizational Consultant. Greg earned his Master’s Degree in Consciousness Studies from John F. Kennedy University in California, where he began his pursuit of a lifelong interest in the abuses of power that take place in ideological organizations, both secular and religious. This led to Greg writing Quiet Horizon, a book examining the psychological foundations of ideological thinking. Greg continues to explore this topic via a series of workshops, the Dogma Dialogues, and through his blog. In addition to these pursuits, Greg currently serves on the board of MHREN, a mental health education board serving the Rogue Valley, and Living Opportunities, a non-profit organization serving people with intellectual disabilities.
| ANNETTE A. ENGLER
Annette Anderson-Engler, Ph.D., is a Member of the HumanDHS Global Core Team, the HumanDHS Education Team, our HumanDHS Research Team, and our Global Coordinating Team.
Annette earned her doctorate in 2008 at Saybrook Graduate School in San Francisco, California. Her research focused on secondary trauma and displaced identity in daughters of U.S. Vietnam War veterans. She specialized in using narrative analysis as a method of inquiry by examining how daughters of war-traumatized veterans use narratives to construct social and personal meaning to their lived experiences. Annette was awarded her Masters degree in Conflict Analysis and Resolution at Nova Southeastern University and received her BSW in social work from the University of North Texas. She is currently a member of Association of Conflict Resolution and ISPP-International Society of Political Psychology. Annette took part in Dan Bar-On's Storytelling and Dialogue work through the Körber Stiftung foundation in Hamburg, Germany (2006-2008). Her dissertation is dedicated to the work and memory of Dan Bar-On (1938-2008).
Annette will finish her second masters degree from Walla Walla University, in March of 2011, where she has been working on her MSW in advanced clinical social work. During her training, she has focused on counseling women suffering from grief, trauma and loss.
• the notes that Annette presented at our workshops in NY: Humiliation and Displaced Identity (2004), and Displaced Identity and Humiliation in Children of Vietnam Veterans (2005).
• Constructing and Reconstructing Narratives – A Passageway to Personal Meaning and Social Change, abstract presented at the 2007 Workshop on Humiliation and Violent Conflict, Columbia University, New York City, December 13-14, 2007.
• Shared Narratives: The “Voice” of Personal and Social Identity – Are we Listening?, abstract presented at the 2009 Workshop on Humiliation and Violent Conflict, Columbia University, New York City, December 10-11, 2009.
• Humiliation Through Silent Grief in Women: When Words Are Not Enough, abstract presented at the 2010 Workshop on Transforming Humiliation and Violent Conflict, Columbia University, New York City, December 9-10, 2010.
See also Annette Engler's contributions to the World Dignity University (WDU) initiative. These video clips were recorded on October 28, 2011, in Portland, Oregon, by Linda Hartling and Evelin Lindner for the World Dignity University (WDU) initiative.
• 01 Annette Engler: Intoduction, Annette Engler is being interviewed by Evelin Lindner. The recording is done by Linda Hartling.
• 02 The Role of Dignity and Humiliation for Grief, Annette Engler is being interviewed by Evelin Lindner. The recording is done by Linda Hartling.
• 03 The Role of Dignity and Humiliation for the Transmission of Transgenerational Trauma, Annette Engler is being interviewed by Evelin Lindner. The recording is done by Linda Hartling.
• 04 The Role of Dignity and Humiliation for Cultural Diversity, Annette Engler is being interviewed by Linda Hartling. The recording is done by Evelin Lindner. (Please note that Annette Engler uses the term "servitude" in the sense of "service.")
• 05 The Role of Dignity and Humiliation for Conflict Resolution, Annette Engler is being interviewed by Linda Hartling. The recording is done by Evelin Lindner.
• 06 The Role of Dignity and Humiliation for Poetry, Annette Engler's presentation is being recorded by Linda Hartling and Evelin Lindner.
RITA ANITA LINGER
DENIS BEN CHE
In 2007, Dr. Dana Comstock has been named Chair of the Department of Counseling and Human Services. Dr. Comstock has served St. Mary's University for 15 years. She served as Program Director for 11 of those years, and is editor of Diversity and Development: Critical Contexts that Shape Our Lives and Relationships.
The Global Impact of Humiliation on Relationships and World Peace, presentation proposal together with Tonya Hammer to the Third International Women's Peace Conference, Dallas, Texas U.S.A., July 10-15, 2007.
|SUSAN REYNOLDS PYNCHON
Please see Susan Reynolds Pynchon's dissertation Resisting Humiliation in Schooling: Narratives and Counter-Narratives at the University of Washington Library (dissertation). See here the abstract.
|HAYÂL (ÖZIŞIKLIOĞLU) KÖKSAL
Hayal Köksal, Ph.D., is also a Member of the HumanDHS Global Advisory Board.
Dr. Köksal was born in Balikesir, Turkey in 1956. She graduated from Izmir Teachers' Training College in 1976 and Educational Faculty of Marmara University in 1985. She received her MA in English Language Teaching from Gaziantep University in 1992, and her Ph.D. in Educational Sciences in 1997 from the same institution. She is a teacher-trainer in pre- and in-service education. She is an author of 15 books about educational issues. Her last book Çekirdekten Yetiştirme (Catch Kids Young) was published by Dignity Press in 2014.
She also organizes educational and peace-oriented conferences in Turkey upon request. One was 11. ICSQCC in Istanbul Yeditepe University hugging 450 participants from 11 different countries. Another one was the 15. Annual Conference of Human DHS. It took part in Boğaziçi University in Istanbul on 28-30 April 2010 with the participation of 25 peace experts from various countries.
She is a researcher and quality expert especially in project management. Up to now, she guided 300 “ICT Seagulls projects” not only in Turkey but also in USA, UK, India, Nepal and South Africa.
Dr. Köksal has been dealing with Total Quality in Education since 1992, and between 2000-2013, she directed the Turkish and Eurasian Centers for Schools of Quality with quality expert Professor John Jay Bonstingl.
Since 2003, as the Director General of Turkey within the World Council for Total Quality and Excellence in Education (WCTQEE), founded in India by 25 countries, she has acted one of the partners of the "WCTQEE-CMS-Hayal Köksal Networking Initiative for Peace Education." She is trying to teach "Critical thinking skills" to the world children under the name of "İmece (=Collaborative) Circles. She guided more than 3,000 projects through that methodology which also includes conflict resolution, see www.bilisimcimartilar.com.
She has worked as advisor and coordinator of the Innovative Teachers Program of Microsoft Turkey, and consultant of Educational Quality, Leadership and Project Management from 2004 to 2009.
She has been lecturing at various outstanding Turkish Universities as a part-time instructor as a way of publicizing quality-oriented education, and working as an educational quality consultant, researcher, teacher trainer, and curriculum designer.
Dr. Köksal is a member of many Turkish Non-Governmental Organizations believing in the power of unity.
Dr. Köksal has received the Honorary Medal of the Ministry of Tourism due to her leadership of Archeological projects, and golden and silver medals of NYDT in South Africa. She has also received the Business-Education Partnership Award of the Center for Schools of Quality together with Microsoft Turkey. Dr. Köksal is the Turkish National Youth Development Trustee (NYDT) of South Africa, the Turkish General Director of the World Council for Total Quality and Excellence in Education (WCTQEE) of India, and a member of the advisory board of the Center for Quality People and Organizations (CQPO) in the USA. She is also in collaboration with the International Academy for Quality Circles (IAQC), established by Donald Dewar, Dallas Blankenship, and Dr. John Man. She won an award in the World Bank 2005 Turkey Innovative Marketplace competition through her "Imece Circles Project" in May 2005. On 4th December 2005, she was awarded the World Quality Leader award by the WCTQEE.
Dr. Köksal has been giving some elective and compulsory courses at the Educational faculty of Boğaziçi University (Nonviolence in Education, Conflict Resolution, Classroom Management, School Experience, Introduction to Teaching Profession, Innovative Teaching and Quality in ELT) since 1997. She also gave courses at Yildiz Technical University (Personal Quality and Leadership), at the MA Program of Bahcesehir University (Human Resources Management), and "Quality in Training" at Yeditepe University.
Dr. Köksal is married with one daughter and one grandson.
Since 2007, Hayal is writing her new Blog regularly. It can be visited at www.hayalkoksal.com and www.bilisimcimartilar.com, where her daily comments are published. She also directs three Face Book pages.
Human Dignity Through “Peace at Home, Peace in the World”, presentation given at the 15th Annual Conference of Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies "Peace at Home, Peace in the World," in Istanbul, Turkey, 28th - 30th April 2010.
"Training Dignified Young Leaders For The Future," International Conference on New Trends in Education and Their Implications, iconte, 11-13 November, 2010 Antalya-Turkey, pp. 429-434.
Conflict Resolution, course at the Educational Sciences Department, Faculty of Education, Boğaziçi University, fall 2012, with a contribution by Evelin Lindner via Skype on 2nd October 2012.
Transforming Humiliation and Violent Conflict through Effective Teacher Training Programs (Pdf | video), paper contributed to the 2014 Workshop on Transforming Humiliation and Violent Conflict, Columbia University, New York City, December 4-5, 2014.
KWARTARINI WAHYU YUNIARTI
MIRAJ U. DESAI
Susmita is also a Member of the HumanDHS Global Core Team and the HumanDHS Research Team.
Susmita is from New Delhi, India. She has a Masters in Psychology and Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. Susmita has extensive research experience and has worked on an interdisciplinary research project on the lives of individuals who witnessed the partition of India and the violence that it entailed.
Her scholarly interests include genocide, war trauma and terrorism. She wishes to actively work in the area of trauma studies in a way that allows her to combine her psychodynamic orientation and socio-political interests.
Craig Dorsi is is also a Member of the HumanDHS Global Core Team.
Craig is a teacher who has taught social studies, sociology and psychology, in New York City. He aspires to create a life geared toward the greater good. He has completed an MA in History and Education from Teachers College, Columbia University, where he studied the foundations and history of education and society. Currently he works on course and mediation for the conflict resolution certificate from the International Center for Cooperation and Conflict Resolution.
Recently he has focused on International Educational Development with a concentration in Peace Education at Teachers College. He is also very excited to be involved in the Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies group. He has also extensive travel experience throughout the world, which he attempts to discover all of it. He has also volunteered with Cross-Cultural Solutions to teach in Ho, Ghana and Shanghai, China, as well as volunteering in Cuba.
He would like to establish an international organization which focuses on Peace Education in regions or zones that had experienced conflict. He is an internationalist, realist and most of all pro-active and goal-oriented. Progressive curriculum ideas differentiated in instructional techniques, holistic education, and an interest in cognitive development represent some of his pedagogical philosophy. He looks forward to working toward equal human dignity throughout our interdependent world.
Rosario Torres-Guevara is from Mexico. She earned her BA in Applied Linguistics with a concentration in Didactics from the Autonomous University of Nuevo Leon in Monterrey, N.L., Mexico. She earned her MA in TESOL/Linguistics from Teachers College, Columbia University, where she also completed her EdD in International Educational Development with a concentration in Bilingual/Intercultural Education. Her research interests are language policy, immigration and education, and intercultural education. Rosario has been an instructor for 21 years. She has taught a variety of courses including English as a Second/Foreign Language (ESL/EFL); ESL/EFL/Bilingual Education Teacher Training; Language Arts; Immigration and Education; and Critical Thinking in various schools of Mexico and of New York City, which include CUNY City College; SUNY Educational Opportunity Center; Teachers College, Columbia University; Autonomous University of Nuevo Leon; and the Mexican-North American Institute of Cultural Relations.
Kathleen Freis is also a Member of the HumanDHS Global Core Team.
Kathleen is the Manager of Group Offerings for Synergos, an organization that helps bring global philanthropists together to deepen their knowledge and commitment to social justice philanthropy. Kathleen is responsible for designing, facilitating and evaluating educational and reflective meetings, events, retreats, and workshops including overseas site visits that expose individuals to humanitarian fieldwork.
Prior to her Synergos engagement, Kathleen was the Education Director at the International Center for Tolerance Education and Program Officer at the Third Millennium Foundation.
Kathleen is dedicated to educating for peace where individuals and communities are equipped with the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to preserve and protect human dignity. Kathleen earned a Master's degree in International Education Development with a specialization in Peace Education from Teachers College Columbia University. She has managed educational programs in the U.S. and Latin America, serving as Program Director of the Global Campaign for Peace Education at the Hague Appeal for Peace, Program Manager of Maestros Excelentes Teacher Training Program of the National Puerto Rican Forum, English Instructor at the Instituto Chileno-Norteamericano in Chile, and Community Center Coordinator for Centro Infantil in Costa Rica. She has conducted interactive, participatory workshops at conferences, schools and organizations, consulted educational programs in the US, Latin America and Africa, planned international conferences, co-developed Human Rights Summer Institute training manual (2006), co-edited both Peace Lessons from Around the World curriculum (2005), Environmental Protection for Social Equality: A Leaning Unit (2005), and the United Nations Global Atlas Human Rights Curriculum (2002), and wrote English for Spanish Speakers : A Linguistic Guide (2000). Kathleen has worked and traveled in Europe, the Middle East, East Africa, and Latin America and speaks Spanish. She lives in Brooklyn, New York City.
Kathryn Crawford is currently working with the International Center for Cooperation and Conflict Resolution (ICCCR) at Teachers College, Columbia University, New York City.
Nora Femenia (Ph.D.) is also a Member in the Global Core Team.
Nora is a Peace Scholar of the United States Institute of Peace, and a Professor of Conflict Resolution and Consensus Building at the Labor Center at Florida International University, where she teaches courses in conflict management, cross-cultural communication, and organizational conflict systems design, both in English and Spanish. She has done extensive research and writing on the resolution of the Falklands-Malvinas conflict, exploring the emotional roots of war-prone governmental decision-making.
She has held full time teaching positions at Nova Southeastern University, the School for International Training and was Visiting Scholar at SAIS, and American University. Nora has been invited to teach at several universities in Spain, Argentina, Ecuador, Colombia and Peru, and is known for her work in Spanish at www.inter-mediacion.com.
Please see here:
• Healing Humiliation and the Need for Revenge, paper submitted to the 2007 Workshop on Humiliation and Violent Conflict, Columbia University, New York City, December 13-14, 2007.
• Humiliation Dynamics and A Therapy of Social Action: A Path to Restore Dignity after Domestic Violence, paper discussed at the International Workshop: "Humiliation Dynamics and Restorative Dialogue," Oñati International Institute for the Sociology of Law, Gipuzkoa, Spain, 10-11 April 2008.
Olga Botcharova is a conflict resolution expert who has designed and conducted numerous workshops on conflict resolution and reconciliation (community, ethnic, interpersonal, family), conflict management (organization/workplace) and cross-cultural communications. She has lectured and consulted in more than 20 countries, worldwide (including the United States, Russia, Israel and the West Bank, Bosnia, Serbia, Croatia, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Bulgaria, Hungary, India, Denmark, Austria, Switzerland, Canada, South Korea, Ukraine, Greece, Cyprus, the Netherlands and Hungary) and has led numerous seminars on victimhood-aggression dynamics in conflict escalation, and principles of peacemaking, for various groups, including political and business leaders, women's groups, peacemakers, and educators. After Olga was invited as a visiting fellow to join Preventive Diplomacy Program in the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington D.C., she facilitated dialogue for leaders of ethnic\religious communities (Christians and Muslims) of the former Yugoslavia at war and post-war time, with the goal of encouraging their participation in peacemaking and community rebuilding. For a number of years she worked for the international program “Seeds Of Peace,” as a facilitator of co-existence dialogue between youth groups from Greece and Turkish Cyprus, from Israel, Palestine, and other Arab countries, from the Balkans, and from India and Pakistan. She also led a pilot project for a coalition of the US and international organizations and designed the international conflict transformation program for the National Conference for Community and Justice.
Olga developed a model of reconciling relationships destroyed by humiliation, widely used by psychologists and psychotherapists, professional mediators, family counselors and other conflict resolution experts. (Her approach, illustrated in two diagrams “Seven Steps Toward Revenge” vs. “Seven Steps Toward Reconciliation,” was published by the Templeton Foundation Press as a chapter “Track II Diplomacy: Developing a Model of Forgiveness”). She has been interviewed on television, radio and in the print media and has published a number of articles. She has also served as a facilitator in cross-cultural business communications for corporate and government leaders from the U.S., Russia, and seven major Western European countries, as part of the International Action Commission, co-chaired by Dr. H. Kissinger and Mayor A. Sobchak.
Olga Botcharova combines her extensive overseas work on conflict resolution and peace building with practices of conflict management and problem solving in the workplace. She offers training and counseling in communication skills (basic and advanced), negotiations, mediation, team building, diversity and healing relationships from conflict (workplace, communities, families).
She holds advanced degrees in liberal arts, European literary studies and social psychology from two leading St. Petersburg State Universities, Russia.
Implementation of Track Two Diplomacy: Developing a Model of Forgiveness, in Helmick, Raymond G. and Petersen, Rodney L. (Eds.), Forgiveness and Reconciliation: Religion, Public Policy and Conflict Transformation (pp. 269-293). Philadelphia, PA: Templeton Foundation Press.
|OLGA R. PEREZ
Olga R. Perez is a mediator in a not for profit program in New York City that provides intensive therapy, social work and mediation services to adolescents and families where there is high risk of child placement (due to behavioral problems) or where the child is transitioning from placement back into the family setting. There are often issues of abuse and neglect. In addition to individual work with the families, the agency develops different support groups or workshops intended to strengthen the family relationships and the therapeutic treatment. So, although her main task is to conduct individual mediation between family members (mostly between teens and their parents), she is planning a group/workshop around conflict resolution. She would like to develop a workshop that as much as possible addresses core notions or feelings that give rise to destructive behavior and violence.
Olga is an attorney who always worked in public interest and several years ago chose to get involved in volunteer mediation work. She felt attracted to working with teenagers. Her legal work was always providing direct legal services to the poor or in civil rights. Her current job as a mediator brings together her public interest concerns and her passion for conflict resolution.
Noor Akbar is also a Member of the HumanDHS Global Coordinating Team, and of the HumanDHS Global Core Team and HumanDHS Research Team.
He is a native of Pakistan's North West Frontier Province (NWFP) and has earlier worked as a free lance journalist. He has a Master's degree in Journalism & Mass Communication from the University of Peshawar and is presently doing his Master's degree in Political Science from the same university. The title of his project in the HumanDHS's Research Agenda is Terrorism and Humiliation: To Show Empirically that Humiliation Is one of the Root Causes of Terrorism.
Noor has conducted a research thesis on the topic of Osama Bin Laden and Pakistani Press- a Portrayal Study of Daily Dawn and Daily Mashriq. (The study was an analysis of the two national daylies, one Urdu and English, after the 9/11 scenario.) Besides, Noor Akbar also worked as a Research Associate in a research study on the Pukhtoon Jirga (an indigenous institution for conflict transformation and peace building in the Pukhtoon belt of Pakistan and Afghanistan). This one and a half year study is awarded by United States Institute for Peace (USIP).
Noor has recently conducted, as co-facilitator, a series of trainings in non-violent communication, conflict transformation, and coexistence to the UNHCR Staff, implementing partners and government officials at Jalalabad, Afghanistan.
He has also been awarded a scholarship by the Center for Non-Violent Communication to participating in a fifteen days (19th to 4th July 2005) Special Summer Session with Marshal Rosenberg, at Orchidea Lodge, Switzerland.
Presently he is working as Communication Officer, at Just Peace International Inc, a nonpolitical, nonreligious, nonprofit, civil society initiative, that aims to work for JUSTICE & PEACE through conflict transformation methods in order to protect and promote constructive peace by assisting, advocating and empowering grass roots communities, organizations, governments and the civil society to enable them to allow judicious, sustainable and productive interaction to realize maximum human potential in an environment of peace, justice and dignity.
Please see here:
Honor Killing in Pakistan: The Case of 5 Women Buried Alive, Gothenburg, Sweden: University of Gothenburg Sweden, Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies, 2010
How should we define genocide?, London: University of Roehampton, Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies, 2010
Women Rights in FATA Pakistan: A Critical Review of NGOs' Communication Strategies for Projects’ Implementation
SOA-3902. A dissertation submitted in partial fulfillment for the degree: Master in Human Rights Practice Department of Social Anthropology, University of Tromsø School of Global Studies, University of Gothenburg School of Business and Social Sciences, Roehampton University 28th May 2010
|CORINNA CARMEN GAYER
Corinna Carmen Gayer is also a Member of the HumanDHS Research Team.
Corinna is a PhD-student in peace- and conflict studies at the Freie Universität in Berlin. She finished her masters thesis entitled Of Irreconcilable Nature? Biodiversity Conservation and Indigenous Peoples' Rights in Brazil at the Department for Social Sciences at the Humboldt-University in Berlin. Throughout her studies, Corinna studied at the University of Salamanca in Spain and at the University of Belo Horizonte in Brazil. For more than two years she worked in international cooperation projects in Guatemala and Brazil and also had the opportunity to visit regional development projects in North-West Africa. During her last stay in Brazil she got acquainted with the conflict of different cultural groups over a specific territory, which brought up her present interest in conflicts and possible peace-building processes.
Corinna is currently based in Jerusalem in order to carry out her research project about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Sophie Schaarschmidt is also a Member of the HumanDHS Global Core Team, and the HumanDHS Research Team.
She was born nearby Dresden, Germany, 27 years ago. She has lived and studied in several countries, including Great Britain, Netherlands and Malta. She is a doctorate student of psychology working at the "FernUniversität" in Hagen, Germany (a distance learning university).
Sophie writes: In my free time I've been actively involved in the Youth Programme of the European Commission (EC) by volunteering, setting up (inter)national youth projects and training. Over the last years I have become interested in the co-operation between Europe and the Middle East. My Master thesis focussed on differences in cultural values of youth and youth workers engaging in the Euro-Mediterranean Youth Programme of the EC which aims at creating co-operative youth projects in both regions. I was involved in establishing CYT (Conyoungtion) association, a Dutch based association that facilitates and implements intercultural youth projects with a specific focus on cooperation with partners from the Middle East.
My dissertation will now focus on (emotional) barriers in dialogue between youth from Israel and Palestine, which is of specific interest for me.
I've visited Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories (Westbank) several times, and I've lived there for a period of 3 months. For my future I envision to get involved in projects in that region that are aimed at creating an atmosphere for and facilitating dialogue for peaceful change.
I like working in the spirit of the HumanDHS group because I really believe that here we're dealing with a core issue of human relations and peace, be it in the micro or the macro level. I feel very connected to the vision and concept and the ambition to research, publish and put into practise models of how human relations can improve through mutual respect, dignity and appreciation and the avoidance of humiliation, counterhumiliation, shaming and blaming. This connects very well with the concept of non-violent communication which I find very important and valuable, especially in the field of peace work.
Please see here some of Sophie's publications:
Cognitive and Emotional Ingroup-identification of Youth in Israel and Palestine, note presented at Round Table 1 of the 2005 Workshop on Humiliation and Violent Conflict, Columbia University, New York City, December 15-16, 2005.
Samen in Zee: Israelis and Palestinians in the Same Boat Camp.
Contribution presented at the 2007 Workshop on Humiliation and Violent Conflict, Columbia University, New York City, December 13-14, 2007.
|MARÍA CRISTINA AZCONA
María Cristina Azcona is also a Member of the HumanDHS Global Core Team.
María studied at Universidad del Salvador, Argentina. She is Psicopedagoga (which means Educational Psychologist or Psycho Pedagogist).
María Cristina is working as a researcher in peace education through literature. She is born in April 5th, 1952, she has been married for 28 years and is the mother of two grown ups who are following her steps in bilingual literature dedicated to human rights and society conflicts.
During the last 25 years she has been working as a psychotherapist focused on the resolution of family and marriage conflicts. She is also an expert in psycho-diagnosis of victims in trials of family conflicts, and victims of car accidents. At the same time, being a novelist and poetess, she has authored four books and many articles and poems in English and Spanish, about family, society and Peace, published mostly in USA, India, Argentina and recently, UK.
María Cristina is a contributor to the EOLSS Encyclopaedia that was edited under the auspices of UNESCO, to whom she is a consultant in the building of a culture of peace through literature.
María Cristina is the Director in Argentina for IFLAC and founder-editor of the e-zines Bilingual MCA (Bilingual Writers and Poets for Peace) and Iflacenarg.
Among several distinctions, she obtained First Prize in Poetry at one of the most important contests of her country, organized by the Academic Circle of National Writers (C.A.D.A.N.). and has been finalist in other literary competitions in her own country and in the USA. Today she predominantly works as freelance writer and editorial advisor in both English and Spanish languages to publishers from India, USA and Argentina.
Please see Dignity and Humiliation in Argentina, a paper written by María for HumanDHS.
| PATRICIA FRIEDRICH
Patricia Friedrich is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Language Cultures and History at Arizona State University. She is the author of Language, Negotiation and Peace: The Role of English in Conflict Resolution (Continuum, 2007). She is also the guest co-editor of a special issue of the journal World Englishes about English in South America (2003) and several articles in journals such as Harvard Business Review, International Journal of Applied Linguistics, English Today, and Management Research. Besides Peace Linguistics. Dr. Friedrich's current research interests include Cross-Cultural Communication and topics in World Englishes.
Anthony Werner, born in South Africa of Swedish parents, came to live in England in 1960. His publishing career began at Oxford University Press. In 1973 he joined Shepheard-Walwyn (Publishers) Ltd, a new publisher and in 1979 became the owner of the business. The emphasis of the books published has been twofold: First to explore what it means to be a human being, our ‘Love of Wisdom’ list, at the heart of which are The Letters of Marsilio Ficino, the 15th century priest/philosopher whose Platonic Academy inspired many of the figures of the Florentine Renaissance. Second our ‘Ethical Economics’ list which explores how our present unstable and unjust society can move to a more stable and just society. For more information, see www.shepheard-walwyn.co.uk or www.ethicaleconomics.org.uk. [read more]
Donna Fujimoto is Associate Professor at Osaka Jogakuin College in Osaka, Japan where she teaches English as a Foreign Language, Intercultural Communication and Human Rights courses. She was born in the U.S. and has lived in Japan for over 26 years, and this experience prompted her to organize a study group of other long-term Nikkei residents of Japan (Nikkei means people of Japanese heritage). Donna has been in the field of English as a Foreign Language (EFL) for over 30 years, and she has an M.A. from the Department of Second Language Studies, University of Hawaii, and is a doctoral candidate at Temple University, Japan. She is the Chair of the Intercultural Communication Interest Section of TESOL (Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages), Co-Publicity Chair for the Pragmatics Special Interest Group of JALT (Japan Association of Language Teaching), Co-Program Chair of SIETAR Kansai chapter (Society of Intercultural Education, Training and Research), and Coordinator of the Contrast Culture Method, an intercultural training group. She is currently involved in research on Conversation Analysis, Nikkei-related topics, Intercultural Communication and issues about racism and teachers in Japan.
Darrell Moen kindly sent us the following introduction on 9th May 2015:
Hello! My name is Darrell Moen. If you're interested, I have a relatively short biographical essay you can read here.
My mother was Japanese and my father Norwegian-American. I was born in Japan and lived (t)here until I was seven. Our family then moved to my father's home state of Wisconsin in the United States where I spent my formative years. My father worked most of his life as a mailman so my class background is working class. After graduating from high school, I joined the US Air Force and spent a year (Feb. 1969 - Feb. 1970) in the Mekong Delta of Vietnam with a forward air control team tactical air support party attached to the 9th Infantry Division of the US Army. And this is where I had a political awakening and started to overcome the ways in which I had been indoctrinated and socialised to believe in my country as the epitome of democracy, freedom, and justice. After my discharge from the Air Force, I backpacked in Europe and North Africa for a year, worked on the assembly line at a Chevrolet factory in Wisconsin for a year, worked as a truck driver hauling cars from Wisconsin to the East Coast and back again for three years, and finally ended up going to university and coming out with a Ph.D. in cultural anthropology in Dec. 1995 (University of Wisconsin - Madison) with a specialisation in the anthropology of human rights and the anthropology of new social movements.
I am now retired from my tenured position as professor of cultural anthropology at Shibaura Institute of Technology in Tokyo (as of March 31, 2015) and am planning to spend several months later this year in Chiang Mai working with NGOs in the area. I live in Kunitachi (a western suburb of Tokyo) with my wife Yumi (who is a newspaper reporter) and my son Gene (who just entered the School of International Liberal Studies at Waseda University). I am looking forward to spending several months each year in my new life and upcoming adventures as a "retiree" doing research and learning from and hopefully contributing to grassroots based groups and NGOs (primarily in the Global South) working for such universal principles as social justice, peace, environmental sustainability, and human rights.
Atle Hetland is also a member of the HumanDHS Global Core Team.
Atle is a Norwegian citizen. He has since 1984 mostly worked outside his home country, including as a Norwegian diplomat, international civil servant and in other functions. He has set up home in Nairobi Kenya but has during the last several years spent most of his time in Pakistan, with visits to Afghanistan.
He is a Mass Media Candidate (Volda), Fil. Kand. (Gothenburg), Cand. Mag. & Cand. Polit. (Oslo), Fil. Dr./Ph.D. studies (Stockholm/Oslo), with further research with affiliation to his old Scandinavian universities and the East-African Universities of Dar-es-Salaam and Nairobi.
He is a specialist in development and refugee education and research and has spent more than 25 years in these fields, including an initial decade at the University of Oslo, including as editor in university publishing/audiovisuals at Universitetsforlaget, and as Head of development studies (RIU), before he left for posts in East-Africa, where he has spent about one and half decade, some years in U.S.A. and West Africa, mainly working for UN organizations, the World Bank, Embassy of Norway/Norad (Tanzania), and head of ICED/Kenya, and recently 5-6 years dealing with education and other refugee issues in Pakistan, with several visits to Afghanistan, as a consultant working for UNHCR, UNESCO, and other organizations.
His recent publications include, Learning Away from Home, a large foundation book in refugee and emergency education (285 pp), with two shorter versions. Alhamra Publishing, Islamabad, 2006-2007. The Know Norway Book was published by Mr. Books, Islamabad, and UOG Press, Gujrat, 2011.
He is currently working on a book about Religion in Scandinavia in a current international perspective (working title). Most of his earlier research was on North-South issues, university/research linkages, development ethics, moral education and other issues, with most of his fieldwork and empirical data from East Africa. He continues researching and writing, often working in small multicultural teams composed for each project, or alone. He carries out consultancy studies and evaluations and guest lectures at Pakistani universities. He writes a weekly column in The Nation newspaper, Lahore, and contributes to Dawn, Islamabad, PTV and other stations. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Learning Away From Home: A Foundation Book in Refugee and Emergency Education - Cases: "Basic Education for Afghan Refugees" - BEFARe and Other Refugee and Returnee Education Activities in Pakistan and Afghanistan 1980 - 2005 (Expanded Volume), Islamabad, Pakistan: Alhamra Publishing, 2006.
Cosmopolitan No More? Atle Hetland reviews The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid, Oxford University Press, Karachi, 2007.
Education Denied - Why does Pakistan not have Education for All?, article for The News on Sunday, 17.02.2008.
Words and Wars, article for the "Political Economy Section" in The News on Sunday, Lahore, Pakistan, 14.12.2008.
The Know NORWAY Book: Background for Understanding the Country and Its People - Pakistan and Afghanistan Edition, Islamabad, Pakistan: Mr. Books Publishers and Booksellers.
The Right to Aid, in The Nation, 19th August 2010.
Morals of Aid, in The Nation, 26th August 2010.
Studying Society, in The Nation, 2nd September 2010.
Rights Issues and the Social Sciences, in The Nation, 20th September 2012
Education First, in The Nation, 27th September 2012.
Peace Within Ourselves?, in The Nation, 4th October 2012.
The Two Cultures, in The Nation, 24th January 2013.
Owners of Dreams, in The Nation, 21st January 2013.
Religion, Media and the Economy, article for The Nation, 28th March 2013.
Everything Is Local, not Only in Africa, article for The Nation, 4th April 2013.
Politicians' Qualifications, article for The Nation, 11th April 2013.
Ramadan and Eid - the Whole Year, article for The Nation, 8th August 2013.
Nation-Building and Identity, article for The Nation, 15th August 2013.
We Are All Ordinary People, article for The Nation, 22nd August 2013.
"Don't tell anyone!", article for The Nation, 29th August 2013.
Lessons in Education for the Future, article for The Nation, 12th September 2013.
In the Wake of Terror Tragedies, article for The Nation, 26th September 2013.
Promise of a New Day in Education, article for The Nation, 3rd October 2013.
Better Mental Health Awareness for Better Lives, article for The Nation, 10th October 2013.
Iceland's warm gender relations, article for The Nation, 31st October 2013.
"Rural women don't eat eggs – they sell them to the city," article for DAWN ISLAMABAD Metro-North, 3rd November 2013.
Finding the Best in Us All, article for The Nation, 12 December 2013.
Counting Telephone Poles – Or Learning to Think?, article for The Nation, 19 December 2013.
Keeping Fit in Style, in The Nation, 2nd February 2014.
Diversity and Multiculturalism in Europe, article for The Nation, 20 February 2014.
Hearing – But Not Listening, article for The Nation, 20 March 2014.
Questioning the Purpose of Endless Economic, article for DAWN, ISLAMABAD, Metro-North, p. 19, 13th April 2014
Easter: A Message of Change, article for The Nation, 17 April 2014.
Learning to See Utility in Futility, article for The Nation, 24 April 2014.
Literature Fest Opens in the Capital, article for DAWN ISLAMABAD, ISLAMABAD LITERATURE FESTIVAL 2014, 26th April 2014.
Classical Dance in Pakistan, article for DAWN ISLAMABAD, ISLAMABAD, LITERATURE FESTIVAL 2014, 27th April 2014.
'Poetry from a Troubled Land', article for DAWN ISLAMABAD ISLAMABAD, LITERATURE FESTIVAL 2014, 27th April 2014.
Language Is the Medium of Writing, article for DAWN ISLAMABAD, ISLAMABAD LITERATURE FESTIVAL 2014, 28th April 2014.
Special Education and Empathy with Others, article for DAWN ISLAMABAD, TEACHERS’ LITERATURE FESTIVAL, 1 May 2014, CHILDREN’S LITERATURE FESTIVAL, 2-3 May 2014, 2nd May 2014.
‘History Is Finding Out Who We Are’, article for DAWN ISLAMABAD ISLAMABAD, LITERATURE FESTIVAL 2-3 May 2014, 3rd May 2014.
Learning to Solve Everyday Conflicts, article for DAWN ISLAMABAD, CHILDREN’S LITERATURE FESTIVAL 2nd -3rd May 2014, 4th May 2014.
Overseas Trained Pakistanis Returning Home, article for DAWN ISLAMABAD, Metro-North, 4th May 2014.
One-Eyed ‘Trolls’ in Real Life, article for The Nation, 8th May 2014.
Is There Logic Behind the Illogical? article for The Nation, 26th June 2014.
‘All Believers Can Learn from the Way Muslims Observe Ramadan’, article for DAWN ISLAMABAD, Metro-North, 6th July 2014.
Learning to Understand 'the Others', article for The Nation, 10th July 2014.
Sport in Pakistan is More than Cricket, Article for HASHOO GROUP Pearl-Continental Hotels and Resorts, Pakistan, Issue No. 22 – July 2014, Our Heritage.
A Prayer for Peace, article for The Nation, 24th July 2014.
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The Journey and the Destination, article for The Nation, 29th July 2014.
The Tragedy of the Palestinian People: Can the Youth Find New Solutions?, article for DAWN ISLAMABAD, 3rd August 2014.
What Is It to Be Young?, article for The Nation, 7th August 2014.
Nobel Prize Week, article for The Nation, 16 October 2014.
Challenges to Inclusion, article for The Nation, 23th October 2014.
Ebola in a Class World, article for The Nation, 30th October 2014.
From Cold War to Cold Peace? article for The Nation, 13th November 2014.
The Rich Have Met, article for The Nation, 20th November 2014.
Thanksgiving, article for The Nation, 27th November 2014.
The Pope's Journeys, article for The Nation, 4th December 2014.
Symbolism and Reality, article for The Nation, 11th December 2014.
Tomorrow Never Comes, article for The Nation, 18th December 2014.
Forgiving Is Divine, article for The Nation, 25th December 2014.
“Big Children Should Help Small Children,” article for The Nation, 8th January 2015.
Learning to Live Together, article for The Nation, 15th January 2015.
Trust – The Only Thing that Counts, article for The Nation, 22nd January 2015.
Ones Size Doesn’t Fit All, article for The Nation, 29th January 2015.
Build Your House on Stone, article for The Nation, 12th February 2015.
After the Copenhagen Tragedy, article for The Nation, 19th February 2015.
Forgiveness, Not Revenge, article for The Nation, 25th February 2015.
Seeing the Whole Picture, article for The Nation, 26th February 2015.
Independent and Non-Aligned? article for The Nation, 19th March 2015.
Playing with Fire? article for The Nation, 26th March 2015.
Ecumenical Easter, article for The Nation, 2nd April 2015.
Spheres of Interest, article for The Nation, 9th April 2015.
Lessons Across Borders, article for The Nation, 16th April 2015.
The Chinese Are Here, article for The Nation, 23rd April 2015.
Moral Development Leadership, article for The Nation, 30th April 2015.
Is Cultural Diversity an Illusion? article for The Nation, 28th May 2015.
As Ramadan Approaches, article for The Nation, 4th June 2015.
Seeing Things in a Positive Light, article for The Nation, 25th June 2015.
Education Above All, article for The Nation, 9th July 2015.
Our World As Eid Approaches, article for The Nation, 16th July 2015.
Youth Entrepreneurship, article for The Nation, 23rd July 2015.
Do We All Have a Touch of the Ostrich Syndrome? article for The Nation, 6th August 2015.
Concern for Others, article for The Nation, 10th September 2015.
Comparative Politics, article for The Nation, 17th September 2015.
‘It Is in Giving We Receive’, article for The Nation, 24th September 2015.
The Pope and Religious Inclusiveness, article for The Nation, 1st October 2015.
Why do we dwell in the past?, article for The Nation, 1st October 2015.
Randi Gunhildstad is a singer and conductor, and is able to practice her theories both as a soloist and with a choir wich also has members from a national prison. She is self-employed and gives lectures and practical workshops based on theory, as for example, at the Høyskolen i Vestfold's conference "The 7th Nordic Health Promotion Research Conference," 17. - 19. June 2013. She has given the lecture titled "Empirical Research Versus Theoretical Living - Abstract Thinking Causes Theoretical Nature," at the third global ethics conference at the University of the West of England, Bristol, June, 2010.
Randi is a philosopher with an existential curiosity. With a Master of Philosophy from the University of Oslo she has "a license to think," and is researching how child-like joy can be developed and cultivated, resulting in more sustainable human living. She observes how Western culture has focused mostly on abstract thinking, cultivating the ability to think, without also considering the bodily connection and comunication. Her focus is on joy as situated in the body, and how each person can choose to develop more of it.
For the last 20 years, Christopher Layer has been working in New York City as a multi-instrumentalist, recording artist, and producer, specializing in woodwind instruments and bagpipes including the Irish Uilleann Pipes, Highland Bagpipes, Scottish Smallpipes, Bassoon and the six-key wooden or simple system concert flute. He is the founding director of The New Harmony Music Festival & School in New Harmony, Indiana, USA. His work and "musics" have been featured on the Broadway stage, jazz clubs, Irish pubs, national radio broadcasts, with major symphony orchestras, dance companies, in films, video games, TV programs and commercials, and as a sideman for touring rock, pop, and trad music acts in most inhabited areas world-wide, plus some that are not. Chris Layer speaks German, French, Swiss-German, English and American.
In 2009, Layer contributed his orchestrations of original and traditional music to the New York Public Theater's production of "The Twelfth Night" for Shakespeare In The Park, performing onstage with theater and film greats, Anne Hathaway, Audra MacDonald, David Pittu, Jay O. Sanders, and Raul Esparza.
Additionally, Layer has taught music for Scotland's Feis Na Gael, in the Scottish Hebrides, The Augusta National Heritage Center, in West Virginia, The Hamish Moore School of Piping in Vermont and countless workshops at music festivals the world over, including the Moab Music Festival, The Caramoor International Music Festival, The Old Songs Festival, The Vancouver and Calgary Folk Festivals, and the Celtic Connections
Festival in Glasgow, Scotland. Over the last 16 years, Layer has toured the world with the Trinity Irish Dance Company as their principle Uilleann Pipe soloist and Irish flautist.
Layer comes from 2 music clans: Out of the many family musicians, his paternal great grandparents built a dance hall (Zippele Hall) and family band in Ohio in the 19th century and his maternal great Uncle, Bernard Lucas, was a touring singer and pianist on the German "Sangerchor" circuit, also in the 19th century. His father is Indiana bluegrass fiddler, Edwin Layer, and his mother Dolores Layer is a former beauty queen and
professional singer, his sister Valerie was a songwriter and singer until her untimely death in June of 2013. Chris' first professional engagement (for which he was paid $25) was as a child performer, and took place at the tender age of 7 years old, wearing red pajamas at the Lafayette Jefferson High School Christmas Show, alongside his older sister Valerie as she sang to him onstage.
Chris has been the Artist In Residence for the Moab Music Festival in Moab, Utah, since 2003, teaching there for 10 weeks each year, and is also is the creator of the Moab Community Dance Band, a charitable community orchestra, in that Moab. Although Chris is a native Hoosier, when not traveling, he makes his home in Greenwich Village, NYC, where he volunteers for charitable organizations, loves to cook, lives with many musical instruments, and waters his plants.
Please see his personal blog (Music, travel and food) and his music festival website.
Read more about The New Harmony Music Festival & School:
Christopher Layer is the founder and director of The New Harmony Music Festival & School, a multi-disciplinary music school and chamber music festival in New Harmony, Indiana. The festival brings professional performers from around the world to give public chamber concerts, while also sharing their knowledge of diverse "musics", experience as professionals, and the joy of music-making with our small annual class of music students. The main festival and summer school takes place the 2nd week of July each year, and recently began offering live broadcasts of its summer concerts nationally on The Public Radio Satellite Service (PRSS) as well as regionally on WNIN-Evansville, IN, WBAA-Purdue University, WKU-Western Kentucky, and WSIU-Carbondale, IL. Fred Child, the host of "Performance Today" on American Public Media, has served as the live co-host and production advisor for these broadcasts.
|ELIZABETH "LIBBY" TRAUBMAN
Elizabeth "Libby" Traubman is a retired clinical social worker. In 1982, in response to the threat of global nuclear war, Mrs. Traubman was a founding member of the Beyond War Movement, now Foundation for Global Community. In 1991, she helped organize the Beyond War conference for Israeli and Palestinian citizen-leaders which resulted in a historic signed document, FRAMEWORK FOR A PUBLIC PEACE PROCESS. Libby then co-founded the Jewish-Palestinian Living Room Dialogue Group of San Mateo, now 15 years old, preparing for its 185th meeting, having inspired dozens of other Dialogues to begin and continue. She is a Trustee of the Foundation for Global Community, and in 1994 was inducted into the San Mateo County Women's Hall of Fame. In February, 2007, the Dialogue produced two new films that model a new quality of listening and communication. Early response from all continents can be read at http://traubman.igc.org/vidresponse.htm. Shorter trails can be viewed on the Web for both DIALOGUE AT WASHINGTON HIGH, and PEACEMAKERS: Palestinians & Jews Together at Camp.
Interview, October 16, 2013, International Center for Ethno-Religious Mediation
|LIONEL "LEN" TRAUBMAN
Lionel "Len" Traubman retired in 2000 from his practice of Dentistry for Children in San Francisco. He is a former Director of the San Francisco Dental Society, and was Editor of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and of the California Society of Dentistry for Children. He was regional alumni President of Alpha Omega Jewish dental fraternity, and received the 1998 Distingushed Alumnus Award of the University of California School of Dentistry, for whom he gave the 2006 Commencement Address. Len wrote and published THE ORECKOVSKY FAMILY: FROM RUSSIA TO AMERICA, depicting his pioneer ancestors' immigration following the first pogroms of the early 1880s. The book resides in 100 libraries in North America and Europe. For 25 years, Len has published on war and peace from personal experience with Soviets and Americans, Armenians and Azerbaijanis, and Jews and Palestinians.
Interview, October 16, 2013, International Center for Ethno-Religious Mediation
Jennifer Kirby is also a Member of the HumanDHS Global Coordinating Team, and of the HumanDHS Global Core Team and HumanDHS Research Team.
She graduated from Appalachian State University with a Bachelor's Degree in Biology. At the university she published her senior thesis on "The Nature of Holocaust Survivor Poetry: The Power of Poetic Expression." She is currently the Administrative Assistant/Event Coordinator for Appalachian State University's Center for Judaic, Holocaust, and Peace Studies. As she continues her academic interests, Jennifer plans to pursue graduate education in genocide and peace studies while incorporating her interest in humiliation studies within her field of study.
In her free time Jennifer loves reading, traveling, and spending time with animals of all kinds.
|HARI BANSH JHA
Hari Bansh Jha originates from Janakpur, a center for spiritual awakening all over the Indian sub-continent in ancient times. Jha is a Professor of Economics and Executive Director of Centre for Economic and Technical Studies in Nepal. He has to his credit more than two dozens of books, more than sixty research reports and about two-hundred-fifty papers and articles written on economic and social issues.
Jha earned his Ph.D. (Economics) from the University of Bihar, India, on "Resource Mobilization and Economic Development in Nepal during the Plan Period" in 1982 and was awarded the "Mahendra Bidya Bhusan" by His Majesty King Birendra of Nepal for his Ph.D.. He earned his M.A. (Economics) from the Banaras Hindu University in Varanasi, India, in 1975. As Assistant Lecturer/Lecturer, Associate Professor, and Professor of Economics, he taught subjects like Nepalese economics, International Economics, Public Finance and Economic Theory at the Department of Economics, at the Tri-chandra Campus of the Tribhuvan University in Nepal (1976-1998), and Rural Development at the Central Department of Rural Development (CDRD) at Tribhuvan University in Nepal (2004).
Hari is a truth-seeker, as many of us are. Over the years, he has realized the futility of any external knowledge in attaining peace of mind and peace within. One need not make any extra effort to make this discovery except concentrating on one's own breathing. Simply, one has to be aware of oneself. Gradual discarding of all that is learnt will take one to the realm of INFINITY.
Navaraj Pudasaini is a human rights lawyer by profession and a permanent resident of Kathmandu, Nepal. He completed his LL.M in International Human Rights and Humanitarian Law in 2006. He has devoted his professional career to work in the areas of human rights, rule of law, conflict resolution, and the transitional justice. Additionally, he has been involved in a number of human rights organizations to protect and promote human rights situation in Nepal which is still on transitional period. During, his studies, he was elected as a secretary of LL.M Students’ Forum. He also worked together with the UNHCR for refugee issue, mainly the Bhutanese Refugee, which has been seen in Nepal since 1990. Currently, he is a secretary for Social Justice for Equality-Nepal. It raises awareness about the issues of human rights violations through domestic and international channels and supports legal reforms to make the justice more efficient and accessible. He is interested in transitional and restorative forms of justice both in the criminal justice as well as in post-conflict societies.
Bonnie Selterman has been teaching Human Communication and Culture at New York University in the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development since 1997, and she was the recipient of the 2014 Teaching Excellence Award conferred by the NYU Steinhardt Undergraduate Student Government. She has also been a certified mediator practicing since 1997; assisted in the implementation of the successful Program for Young Negotiators at Baruch Middle School, under the auspices of Harvard Law School’s Program on Negotiation, and in the coordination and implementation of the successful peer mediation program at Seward Park High School in New York City; and has served as an assistant coach in the Mediation Clinic at Columbia Law School. Bonnie is among a core group of mediators who helped establish the incorporation of mediation as an alternative conflict resolution process offered within the Civil Court System of New York. Bonnie collaborated in the creation of the “Make Talk Work” bookmarks, distributed internationally, as part of a public awareness project for Alternative Dispute Resolution undertaken by the CUNY Dispute Resolution Consortium of John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Ongoing professional and intellectual interests center on the unrestricted flow of ideas, and unrestricted access to ideas, as well as the potential for art, music, and nature in conflict transformation. Bonnie writes poetry.
Please see her Appreciative Introduction to the 2015 Workshop on Transforming Humiliation and Violent Conflict, Columbia University, New York City, December 3-4, 2015.
Raised by artist-activists in the New York City area, Brandon has accumulated a wide array of experiences and skills. He has toured seemingly disparate cross-sections of the world, guided by an insatiable curiosity and valuing wisdom and understanding over ego-building and other acquisitive approaches to life. Never missing an opportunity to step outside of his comfort zone towards this end, he has been rewarded with a profound sense of connection to all forms of life and has ultimately seen that there are no separate actors to be found in nature. He is a veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces and holds a B.A. in Communication Studies, a B.S. in Psychology, and has skills and competencies which include neuroscience research, emergency medical care, intercultural dialogue facilitation, security and policing, and technology education (to name just a few). He has spent the last ten years serving as Director of Media Relations for a small nonprofit organization devoted to reproductive rights. His involvement with HDHS has given him the precious gift of integrating his eclectic skill set in support of a mission which he believes lies at the very core of our shared human condition.
Renée Monrose grew up in New Orleans. That unique city, with its rich mixture of cultures, races and religions, has had a marked influence on her art and interests. She now lives and works in New York City.
Her creative path has taken many turns, from journalism and film to art and theology. Renée studied painting and drawing at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Parsons School of Design, and the École des Beaux Arts in Paris. She has also studied at the International Center of Photography and attended the 2015 Master Photography Retreat in southern France. She holds an M.S. degree from the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism and an M.Div. from Union Theological Seminary. She worked in special projects and film development at Merchant Ivory Productions and as an archivist on the PBS Frontline films, John Paul II: The Millennial Pope and Faith and Doubt at Ground Zero.
Her interest in women’s issues, violence against women and social justice grew during her years of study at Union. Since 2012, she has volunteered as a rape crisis advocate at Bellevue Hospital.
Her most recently completed work is photography-based and focuses on portraits and women: Face to Face: Women in the Forefront of History, is an installation commissioned by Union Theological Seminary in New York City. At its core are 19 portraits of women who are important in the history of women’s rights. The portraits are based on archival photographs which are silk-screened onto stainless steel mirrors. Each image is fashioned into a hand-mirror. Viewers are invited to pick up and hold each one in order to see their reflections in or next to the face of the woman depicted there. The installation is on display indefinitely.
Renée is now at work on two new projects: one on tomboys and the other on images of women and violence in popular culture. In the near future, you will be able to see her work at reneemonrose.com.
Harvey Newman is the director of community outreach for Transformative Communities, a social enterprise creating dynamic open source websites, web communities and enterprise platforms for business and organizations. Harvey was ordained as an Interfaith Minister 1984 and was co-founder and first president of A.I.M. as well as chairman emeritus of A World Alliance of Interfaith Clergy. Harvey is founder and facilitator of Circle of Life-Mastery, Inc., a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting and encouraging spiritual/emotional growth. Harvey retired in 2004 from Synovate, Inc., a global market research corporation, after 21 years of experience in the field. For 15 of those years he succesfully functioned within the company in his self-created position of research projects trouble-shooter. Harvey is a United Nations representative for the Association for Trauma Outreach & Prevention/Meaningful World and a member of the Congress of Non-Governmental Organizations (CoNGO) Committee on Spirituality, Values and Global Concerns.
|Ted Schulman holds a degree in Social Anthropology from Queens College and authored the best selling Web design book Photoshop Web Magic (1996). His broad perspective and collaborative approach to the development of interactive media, technology and community is based on engagements as an entrepreneur, corporate manager, consultant and producer/director. He has the credibility that only comes from deep experience with major engagements.
A social anthropologist and evolutionary activist, Ted is a proponent for the transformative potential of open source software and culture. Combining his interest in social development and technology Ted has facilitated the OWS Earth Summit Workgroup and its participation with the United Nations Rio+20 Earth Summit. He is now helping to create Transformative Communities, a community of practice (COP), bringing together thought leaders as a transformative organization.
Prior to founding Transformative Communities Ted Schulman managed the Solutions Group at TBWA\Chiat\Day the global adverting agency known for its work as Apple Computer's agency (among others; Absolute Vodka, Nissan, Pepsi, Visa). The Solutions Group at TBWA consisted of geography diverse teams of software developers who customized and integrated open source software for the agency's digital infrastructure. It was at TBWA that Ted began to fully appreciate the value of open source technology for the development of socially and economiclly transformative systems.
Over the course of his career Ted has directed and produced traditional and interactive communications projects for many Fortune 500 clients. Project highlights include: Responsive TV, first generation interactive learning system (1980s); The Learning Center at Ellis Island, interactive classroom (1990); HarlemNYC.US, example online community developed for Harlem, NY community application as a Federal Empowerment Zone (1995); The Open Source Imperative (2012).
Maria Lund is President and COO of First Sun EAP, a regional provider of employee assistance program services in South Carolina. Maria has over 24 years experience working in the counseling and EAP fields. She has a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology and is a Certified and Licensed Employee Assistance Professional as well as a Licensed Professional Counselor. She began work in community mental health clinician and then worked in private practice before becoming involved in the EAP field. She is a now a leader in the EAP movement and has received rewards and recognition on her leadership from several EAP Associations. Maria is a standing columnist for and Chair of the Journal of Employee Assistance which is the EAP’s professional publication. Her professional accomplishments include co-founding First Sun EAP in 1992. First Sun EAP is a company noted for solidly living its core values of teamwork and caring in all its operations and services. It has been recognized as Best in Class by the International EAP Association and is the leading EAP in the southeast region of the U.S.
|LYNDON F. HARRIS
Lyndon Harris is the Co-director of Tigg’s Pond Retreat Center in Zirconia, NC, where he is developing a Journey to Forgiveness Institute. Harris is also a forgiveness coach, and an inspirational and motivational speaker, having spoken at numerous conferences across the United States and around the world. He served more than 20 years as a pastor and his work at Ground Zero as priest-in-charge of Saint Paul’s Chapel (located directly across from the World Trade Center in New York City) has been written about widely, including the NY Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Christian Science Monitor, and Die Zeit. His work in forgiveness is featured in the award winning documentary, “The Power of Forgiveness” (Journey Films 2006). Harris is also the Executive Director of the Gardens of Forgiveness, an educational non-profit dedicated to teaching the way of forgiveness as tool for conflict transformation and peace making.
Please see Lyndon Harris' talk on Forgiveness from The Episcopal Diocese of Texas in 2015. He talks about forgiveness and how his time at St. Paul's Chapel in NYC during the 9/11 attacks changed his outlook on grace and forgiveness.
Jeffrey Kauffman is a psychotherapist who works in private practice with individual, family and group psychotherapy since 1985. Since 1984, he is the Founder/Director for the Care of Community Institutions, Inc. (CCCI). Through CCCI, extensive consultation and training services are provided to hospices, nursing homes, schools, emergency services, mental health and mental retardation agencies, clergy and congregations, funeral directors, hospital and other institutions. He has conducted more than 350 training programs, presented his work at more than 200 conferences, edited two books, authored one book and havspublished more than twenty-five book chapters and journal articles. From 1995-1999, and since 2008, he is Adjunct Associate Professor at the Widener University Center for Social Work Education, teaching graduate level courses on Group Psychotherapy, Human Behavior, Second Year Practicum, Spirituality and Social Work (he developed this course), and Field liaison. Since 2008, he is a Clinical Supervisor at the Widener University Developmental Disabilities Clinic. Since January 2009, he is on the Online Faculty of the Graduate Program in Thantology at the University of Western Ontario, Canada.
Mark Singer is also a Member in the HumanDHS Global Core Coordinating Team.
Mark is an ethicist, writer, and professor from the USA. He has taught communication at the college/university level for over 25 years. His memberships include the Center for Global Nonkilling and North American Kant Society. Seminal Ethics – Discovering Your Ethical Core is his latest work-in-progress - a book designed to educate others via a values clarification process that can greatly enhance identity-awareness. Singer maintains that such strengthening of one’s personal identity is the key to overcoming the deleterious effects of humiliation.
Please see also:
The Kant Concept Art created by Pegge Patten.
Guidelines for Communication, fourth edition, 2011, by author Mark Singer and illustrator Pegge Patten (USA) is available as a free download here or from Punim Publishing (email). GFC includes innovative new models of communication such as the "Communication Guide" - a strategic analysis for creating a "Persuasive Message Strategy" and "Gratitude-Based Communication" - a paradigm for meaningful personal growth. Also, "Discovering Your Ethical Core" is a unique blend of philosophy and a practical values clarification exercise.
Berit Brogaard is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Missouri, Saint Louis, USA, and the American editor of the international philosophy journal Erkenntnis. Before returning the States she held a 2-year research fellowship at the Centre for Consciousness at the Australian National University, where she worked on perception and the contents of consciousness. She has a background in neuroscience from University of Copenhagen. Her current research is located at the intersection of philosophy of mind and philosophical psychology. She has authored or co-authored papers which have appeared in various journals and edited volumes, including: Journal of Philosophy, Noûs, Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, Consciousness and Cognition, Cognitive Science, Philosophical Psychology, Philosophical Quarterly, Australasian Journal of Philosophy, Philosophical Perspectives, American Philosophical Quarterly, Analysis, Mind and Language, The Monist, Pacific Philosophical Quarterly, Synthese and the Canadian Journal of Philosophy. Her book Transient Truths is scheduled to appear with Oxford University Press in April, 2012, and her popular book Sick Love is scheduled to appear with Park East Press, New York, in June 2012.
|ALVIN BENJAMIN COTA
Alvin Benjamin Cota, is a History teacher, writer, and lecturer. He primarily works at the Secondary School level, but also conducts seminars for teachers on Native American History, Law, and The Indian Termination act, especially as it affected Oregon Indian tribes. Originally from the most Indian state of Arizona, he has always been politically active in both the Native and the Teacher/ Education communities. Most recently, he has presented a history of "Naming and Race, in the Hispanic and Indian Cultures', for the Oregon Council of the Social Studies.
Hispanics Native Americans – Mexicans, and Indians: What Role Does Language Play in Defining these Groups?, co-presented with Darci Monroe for the Spring Oregon Council for Social Studies, an organization for Social Studies (mostly History) teachers in Oregon, March 2, 2013.
|AMANDA SMITH BYRON
Amanda Byron is a faculty member in the graduate program in Conflict Resolution at Portland State University, Oregon, United States, where she teaches critical peace education and violence prevention. Her research interests include loving praxis as a pedagogy of change, storytelling as a means to engage students in democracy, creativity as a conflict resolution practice, and the exploration of how identity and culture influence conflict. Dr. Byron has more than 20 years of experience working with diverse communities to heal trauma and transform conflict, and she is particularly interested in understanding how and why violence occurs, and in forging new ideas on individual and collective responses.
Talia Shafir is a Psychophysical Therapist, Registered Somatic Movement Therapist/ Educator, and Clinical Hypnotherapist.
She writes about herself here: "I'm a Dynamic Embodiment™ Somatic Movement Therapist & Educator, a Psycho-Physical Therapist who specializes in a body-centered, movement oriented approach to adult attachment issues, the developmental underpinnings of current life challenges, as well as acute and chronic trauma and post-traumatic stress. My training includes the latest psychophysical approaches to acute and chronic trauma and post traumatic stress. Currently a doctoral researcher of adult attachment, I am a PhD candidate in the field of Somatic and Spiritual Psychology. My work has been informed by experts in the field such as Dr Carol George Dr.Mac West, Dr. Pat Ogden, Dr. Janina Fisher, Bill Bowen, Ron Kurtz, Dr. Ruella Frank, Dr. Martha Eddy and Bonnie Bainbridge-Cohen, among others. I'm a member of the USABP (United States Assoc. of Body Psychotherpists) and ISMETA (Intn'l Somatic Movement and Education Therapy Assoc.) and presently serve on the faculty of California-based Moving On Center - School for Participatory Arts and Somatic Research and the Center for Kinesthetic Education in Manhattan. In addition, I'm a Certified Clinical Hynotherapist and a practitioner and trainer of Deep Memory Process™. I find the Jungian and Tibetan Buddhist-based, somatically grounded, past life regression methodology of the late Dr. Roger Woolger to be an alternative, life changing approach to unraveling present-day patterns that no longer serve. To sum up my philosophy of practice, both professional and personal: No one way is "it". Successful, lasting change requires movement - physically, emotionally, cognitively and spiritually."
|BARBARA ROWEN SIVERTSEN
Barbara Rowen Sivertsen was originally educated as a biochemist, and worked for years as a science teacher. Teaching science took her to countries caught up in in conflict (Nigeria right after the Biafran war, or Colombia) and she started wondering how teachers could contribute to a culture for peace. She transferred to peace work, later becoming director of the umbrella organization for Norwegian Peace NGOs – the Norwegian Peace Council. Her focus has always been on education for peace and on developing "skills for a better world". She has been developing the resource web-page www.educationforpeace.no for many years. The last 6 years she has been working at the Norwegian Centre for Human Rights, which has given her the opportunity to hold workshops in Indonesia, the Caucasus and Central Asia in addition to Europe.
• Shianshenka: The Rise and Fall of the Perfect Creation by Rowen Sivertsen, Nesoddtangen, Norway: Birch Tree Road Publishing, 2011.
• Conflict Staircase, Empathic (non-violent) Communication: A tool in Conflict Transformation and a Counterbalance to Humiliation (see also www.educationforpeace.com), presented at the "Communication and Dignity" Thematic Network Meeting, convened by the Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies network in Oslo, Norway, together with "Impuls" - Student Journal of Psychology at the University of Oslo, and Education for Peace, 22nd-24th January 2014.
This was a training session by Babs Sivertsen (The Norwegian Peace Association Education for Peace group), and Elsa-Britt Enger (Grandmothers for Peace) on 23rd January 2014, where the participants were looking at the principles of non-violent (empathic) communication, and methods of developing it as a powerful tool which both promotes human dignity and avoids the infliction of humiliation in conflict situations. The participants shared and demonstrated the methodology of training, and practiced the use of the tools available.
See also the following humorous illustration of failing communication:
Rights of Passage:
This is the transcript of the ACTUAL radio conversation between the British and the Irish, off the coast of Kerry, Oct 98. Radio conversation released by the Chief of Naval Operations 10-10-01:
IRISH: Please divert your course 15 degrees to the South, to avoid a collision.
BRITISH: Recommend you divert your course 15 degrees to the North, to avoid a collision.
IRISH: Negative. You will have to divert your course 15 degrees to the South to avoid a collision.
BRITISH: This is the Captain of a British navy ship. I say again, divert YOUR course.
IRISH: Negative. I say again. You will have to divert YOUR course.
BRITISH: THIS IS THE AIRCRAFT CARRIER HMS BRITANNIA THE SECOND LARGEST SHIP IN THE BRITISH ATLANTIC FLEET. WE ARE ACCOMPANIED BY THREE DESTROYERS, THREE CRUISERS, AND NUMEROUS SUPPORT VESSELS. I DEMAND THAT YOU CHANGE YOUR COURSE 15 DEGREES NORTH, I SAY AGAIN, THAT IS 15 DEGREES NORTH, OR COUNTER-MEASURES WILL BE UNDERTAKEN TO ENSURE THE SAFETY OF THIS SHIP.
IRISH: We are a lighthouse. Your call.
Posted on Arnish Lighthouse at 15:29
Carol Smaldino has a 30 year psychotherapy practice with individals, couples, families and has worked with groups, as well as previously, in residential treatment and in social service agencies. Her orientation is helping people, find where they are stuck and unable to feel the gifts of choice, dignity, and passion, including laughter, and compassion.
Carol writes about herself (December 20, 2010): "I often help parents and kids escape from power struggles into relationship, and love that part of translation as well. My accents are plentiful and I am somewhat fluent in Spanish, Italian, and some French, and listening to kids wihtout preaching, which seems a language in itself. My orientation is very much developmental as opposed to overly-happy affirmations for all. I help patients work with both their inner shadows, and work through issues of shame and comparison so they can embrace imperfection, so they don't have to be put in any corner by a very authoritative and competitive culture, and in sync with my commitment to mutuality they help me as much. This work has been sometimes quite stormy. I currently write for the Huffington Post on matters of the human climate-- connecting all aspects of human growth and pollution to the larger ecology--and also at times on the arts, though always connecting back to the emotional/political relationship. My parenting book, In the Midst of Parenting: A Look at the Real Dramas and Dilemmas (2000, Brooklyn Girl Books) can be viewed at www.adancingmind.com and is available at no cost if you contact me by email. I spend summers in our home in Lucca, Italy, and hope to increase that time, still participating in teaching, writing, consultation and working with the DHS network. My current manuscript is in the midst of seeking potential agents and publishers and is called Dancing into Maybe. There is a very mishchievous, irreverant, silly side of me, part of that is a persona known best to some of you in the form of Doctor Ethel, who manages to remain part of me but herself as well; she is English from who knows where and loves to tell the following secret to everyone: "I'm not a Doctor". She entertains, makes me happy and at times says things better than I as English English just sounds so very extra important some times. Don't you suppose? I am also entertained by my long term partner and husband Lino, who stimulates and helps my work in his own capacity as self-made editor and psychoanalyst (not entirely self-made though he is unique and gritty and real) And then there are my dearest--for Evelin but true--daughter Emma and son Paul who right now live on the west coast. One of my sayings--pardon the generality--is: Without laughter, it would all be impossible."
Found in Translation: Recognizing all the Shades of Human Feeling, abstract presented at the 15th Annual Conference of Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies "Peace at Home, Peace in the World," in Istanbul, Turkey, 28th - 30th April 2010.
If We Meet the Shadow: One Family’s Interruption of Bullying and Blame , abstract presented at the 2010 Workshop on Transforming Humiliation and Violent Conflict, Columbia University, New York City, December 9-10, 2010.
What's So Funny?, abstract presented at the 2011 Workshop on Transforming Humiliation and Violent Conflict, Columbia University, New York City, December 8-9, 2011. See also related reflections.
Vulnerability Protected: Respecting the Rawness of Vulnerability and Giving it the Protection it Needs, contribution to the 2015 Workshop on Transforming Humiliation and Violent Conflict, Columbia University, New York City, December 3-4, 2015.
As a Therapist: Cultivating the Dignity of Being Ourselves, contribution to the 2016 Workshop on Transforming Humiliation and Violent Conflict, Columbia University, New York City, December 8-9, 2016. See also: "In a Dialogue: In a Dignilogue," by Carol Smaldino, Huffington Post, December 20, 2016, and "Finding Dignity in Emotional Anguish," by Carol Smaldino, Huffington Post, December 29, 2016.
Noriko Ishihara, Ph.D., is Professor of Applied Linguistics and TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) at Hosei University, Japan. She also teaches language teachers’ professional development courses at graduate programs in Japan and the U.S. She started as a researcher of linguistic politeness (pragmatics) and a teacher educator promoting its instruction, and is currently working to bridge respectful/peaceful language use and critical awareness in the language classroom and teacher development. The first of such efforts is a book chapter on how diplomats’ (and others’) language awareness can be enhanced to communicate tactfully and respectfully in a global community (2016, in Patricia Friedrich (Ed.), English for Diplomatic Purposes. Multilingual Matters). Please see her website.
|JOÁM EVANS PIM
Joám is part of the leadership team of the Center for Global Nonkilling and has as primary responsibility identifying, leading and/or overseeing research initiatives, including symposia, collection of critical data related to nonkilling, research committees and related activities. Joám followed graduate and undergraduate studies in Journalism, Anthropology and Politics. He was Professor of Media Studies at the University of Santiago de Compostela and Director of the Arab and Islamic Studies Program at Menéndez Pelayo International University. He is also Founding President of the Galizan Institute for International Security and Peace Studies and Board member of the Brazilian Institute for Nonkilling.
Muna Killingback looks back on many years of experience advocating for and writing about women's and human rights, peace, and social and economic justice. Before joining the Center for Women in Politics and Public Policy at the University of Massachusetts in Boston, she worked with the Center for Rebuilding Sustainable Communities after Disasters at UMass Boston, she had previously served as Executive Director of the Cambridge-based nonprofit organization Theological Opportunities Program (now Women Explore). She is a former director of communications for the World YWCA, headquarters of the global women's movement in Geneva. As a freelance writer and editor, she specialized in the work and communications needs of nonprofit and non-governmental organizations (NGOs), including grant writing. She continues to serve as one of the World YWCA's UN representatives.
I'm born in Finnmark, Norway, and grew up in Møre and Romsdal. Started political science studies at the University of Oslo, but when I received a Fulbright scholarship to the United States, I left for the University of Washington, Seattle, where I eventually received my Ph.D., married an American fellow student, and raised four kids. I taught political science at various colleges and universities in the US and Canada. When I returned to Norway after a quarter of a century, I was associate professor at Molde University College for 20 years. I served in political positions in the provincial assembly, the "Fylkesting," for 16 years. After retiring and moving to Oslo, I was a member of Frogner Bydelsutvalg for 4 years, and thereafter a member of the Labor Party's city council group for four years. My last political position was a leader of the Labor Party's Veterans Forum.
Please see also:
"The Nobel Peace Prize: How Have Women Fared," in Scandinavian Review (autumn-winter 2005), pp. 68-77.
Nobelkomiteen og kvinnene 1901-1960. Oslo: Internasjonal kvinneliga for fred og frihet, 2015, a book women who did not receive the Nobel Peace Prize: Eleanor Roosevelt, Rosika Schwimmer, Maria Montessori, and Margaret Sanger, for example, were nominated as candidates for the prize, but none of them received it.
|BANGCHUN (CHUNCHUN) LIU
Bangchun Liu is a visiting doctoral Ph.D student in Psychology Department at Clark University, USA, under the supervision of Prof. Joseph de Rivera. She comes from Psychology Department of Human Normal University, Changsha, China. Her thesis is the comprehensive introduction to peace psychology. She also is working on peace education in a middle school in Worcester, MA. She received her master degree on second language acquisition in the Capital Normal University, Beijing, China, with Prof. Qiqi as her supervisor. She is now interested in peace education and writing a conflict resolution education in Chinese context.
The Peacefulness of Chinese Teenagers, paper prepared for the 21st Annual Conference of Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies "Search for Dignity," in South Africa, 25th - 28th April 2013
Panayotis (Takis) Ioannides was born in Kallithea, Athens, Greece on 15 April 1955. He is citizen of Planet Earth. He is married, and got three 3 kids (World, European & National champions of Taekwondo and scientists). His roots are from Peloponnese, Arcadia and Epirus (his mother) and Peloponnese, city of Aegion & Minor Asia, Greek Pontus lands (his father).
He has studied Shipping Studies, Computer Programming, Project Management, Safety, HR, Logistics. He is researcher of Greek philosophy for 30 years. He has the Honorary Degree of Dr of Literature by HWAAC-vise for diploma no 358. He worked for 39 years of IBM Hellas sa. Now he is a pensioner of IBM Hellas sa. In the past he also worked for two years in E.F. HUTTON sa. He is a Trustee of the Maniatakeion Foundation. He is member of Executive Board and member of the committee of books evaluation of the ESTIA of New Smyrna Foundation. He is member of the Global Harmony Association (GHA, see also Leo Semashko) and a co-writer of books of GHA. He is member of the International Forum for Literature and Culture of Peace (IFLAC, see also Ada Aharoni). He is also a member of this education team of the Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies network. He is a member of the International Academy of Letters, Arts and Sciences of Athens. He is poet of the SKAI Channel in Greece.
He is poet, writer, researcher, lecturer, literature critic, philosopher, and painter. He has written hundreds of poems, 9 books and more than 300 essays. His books and his poems are registered in the Greek National Library of Greece in Athens. He has offered his poetic work via the national radio stations and other individuals for more than 15 years, daily for free. Poems and books by him have been awarded with prizes in Greece and many other countries. He donates his paintings in bazaars of Athens for children with special health problems, such as AIDs, or mental mind problems. He publishes his poems, essays, articles (philosophical, social, historical, scientific), and interviews with spiritual persons of our planet Earth via the newspaper EPIKAIRA of New Smyrna in Athens, the Arcadians and other foreign magazines. His poems and interviews have been introduced via TV, radio stations, and magazines in Greece and Cyprus for 20 years by now. In 2009 the Greek Parliament chose his poem "For the child" for the global day of children. He is also a creator of a blood bank in Athens.
He has been registered in the Who Is Who of Greece (5th edition 2010) and in the Greek Encyclopedia of Greek Poets and Literates, edited by Harry Patsi. He is a member of the Arcadians. He is Martial Arts Instructor (Taekwondo ITF), a national and international Umpire, and practicing also Iyengar Yoga. He is, furthermore, the former vice president and member of the International Society of Greek Writers and Arts (DEEL), as well as the former vice president of Lefkohori Arcadia, and the former president of the IBM Club.
He believes in actions not theories, in fully offering his gifts and talents to humanity, in contributing and helping any fellow human at his best ability, to LIBERTY, to TRUTH, to LOVE, to JUSTICE, to PEACE, to HARMONY, and to Human DIGNITY.
He is optimist for the future, of children and of Mother Nature, as long as active spiritual persons will exist on Planet Earth, and are healthily thinking for the common benefit. And he also hopes that one day "scientists" will succeed in understanding that they are responsible for the existing evil on Planet Earth, for the suffering of children, for the deaths of children and adults, for wars, for weapons, for nuclear threats, for abnormal food, and so forth, all by their creations…
He is a student of this Life.
DIGNITY - The Definition of the well-educated human By Socrates (469b.C. - 399 B.C.)
Athens, Greece, 4th December 2011
Approximately 2.500 years ago, my ancestor and teacher Socrates defined the well-educated man by saying, “the well-education is a matter of attitude…”.
Consequently he didn’t speak at all about the collecting of knowledge, but he considered as well-educated the humans who are skilled with the following:
The man who is able to control any situation, but he is not controlled by situations.
The man who faces all the events with braveness and logic.
The man who is honest in his converses.
The man who manages to face all bad events and any obnoxious human, amiably.
The man who may control his appetence and delectations.
The man who was never vanquished by his infelicities and collapses.
The man who was never decayed by his victories and glories.
The man who managed to “find” and “know” him-self.
As a conclusion on the above, as a student of life, I believe that the unity of faith in both the spiritual freedom of a man and his moral conscience, is mandatory. In others words, the meaning, the purpose and the constant practice, the constant daily struggle of the “athlete” man in the difficult arena of life, to conquer mentality of completeness and therefore the whole freedom, which will earn him the true meaning of life and the deep sense of solidarity with his fellows, is the most valuable safeguards for human existence and DIGNITY.
- Takis Ioannides, Student of this life…
Please see also:
Human Dignity (in Greek), 15th July 2011.
Socrates "triple refined Test," 10th April 2012
The Meaning and Practice of Love (in Greek), 14th March 2012
The status of Greece, November 2013: 7.500.000 poeple unemployed, 360.000 houses without electricity (they cannot pay the theri bills, due to lack of money), 65.5% unemployment of youths, 28% of adults (officially, the real numbers are higher), 410.000 citizens left Greece seeking a job abroad, ciolence, corruption, robberies....
Doron Shultziner is also a Member of the HumanDHS Research Team.
Doron Shultziner is a lecturer and researcher. He holds a B.A. and a M.A. from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and a Ph.D. from the University of Oxford. After he completed his Ph.D., Doron taught at Emory University for two years before returning to Israel. Among his research interests is the topic of human dignity in law. He published several papers in this field. His paper with Itai Rabinovici proposes an approach to understanding this concept in relation to self-worth, through a comparative legal-psychological investigation into three legal systems (US, ECtHR, and Israel).
Tijana Milosevic is a Belgrade-based freelance writer. Before returning to Serbia, Tijana received an MA degree from the School of Media and Public Affairs at the George Washington University in Washington, D.C. and worked with various public diplomacy and international communications organizations in Washington. She lectured in media psychology and media research at Singidunum University for Media and Communications in Belgrade. Tijana was trained with the Radio Free Europe in Washington and BBC World in London. She is also the recipient of the Goldman Sachs Global Leaders Award and numerous Open Society Institute scholarships. Tijana is reachable at: tijana.milosevic[@]gmail.com.
Cyberbullying in US Mainstream Media, paper presented at the 2012 Workshop on Transforming Humiliation and Violent Conflict, Columbia University, New York City, December 6-7, 2012.
|MARIANA I. VERGARA
Mariana Ines Vergara is also a Member in the HumanDHS Core Team.
Over 15 years ago, Mariana Vergara began her search of looking for answers to the complex situations in the American public school system. Mariana Vergara works with Dr. Edmund W. Gordon on issues related to the education of economically disadvantaged and immigrant populations. They were drawn together because of their mutual interest in supplementary education and its relevance for the pursuit of academic excellence. She is an educator who specializes in educational program and family development in immigrant and low income families. She is primarily a practitioner—her mentor, Dr. Edmund W. Gordon, calls her "a scholar of practice"—who uses data and theory to understand the need for and strategies of professional intervention. To the extent that practices can be generalized, she has become interested in public policy as it relates to the intersect between family, home, community and school in the academic and personal development of children. In 2009, her research was funded by the Policy, Evaluation and Research Center at Educational Testing Services. Vergara’s work is the design and field development of a parent education and child development intervention that is titled “BRIDGE” (Better Resources in Developing Great Education) Model of Transformational Learning. In addition to direct interventions in the teaching and learning transactions to which children are exposed, Vergara gives special attention to the needs of parents who are not sophisticated in traditional approaches to the support of the academic development of children. The model recognizes the holistic needs of children; the information needs of parents; and the practical needs of both for guidance in and models for the adjustments and adaptations that both must make. She is currently a Program Associate at the Institute for Urban and Minority Education at Teachers College, Columbia University. She is also founder of Family Development Center and Morris County Parent Information and Resource Center. She is pursuing a degree of Doctor of Education at the Department of Leadership and Organization, AEGIS (Adult Education Guided Intensive Study) program at Teachers College, Columbia University; expected graduation on May 2012. Her work was published in Gordon, E. W., & Vergara, M. I. (2009). Supplements to schooling. In H. Varenne, E. W. Gordon, & L. Theoretical Perspectives on Comprehensive Education: The way forward. Volumen two of the perspectives on comprehensive education series. Lewiston, NY: The Edwin Mellen Press.
One Person Can Make the Difference, a video about Mariana's work regarding higher education and students helping their local community, 2011.
Mariana Vergara's contributions to the World Dignity University (WDU) initiative:
- The World Dignity University Amazon Initiative (video recorded in New York City in December 2011).
Please see more:
- World Dignity University Initiative: Co-creating Sustainability in the Amazon Rainforest with the Kichwa Community: Why, Who, What, How, Where, When (Pdf, 2012)
- Global Community - Transformational Learning: Lessons from the Amazon Rainforest Co-creating a Global Community: Mindfulness into Action (Powerpoint, 2012)
- The BRIDGE® Model: The Case for Integrating Phenomenological Documentation aAnd Participatory Action Research through Collaborative Inquiry: Transformational Learning in Transforming High Aspirations into Human Agency (Pdf, 2012)
- WDU Amazon Rainforest Initiative (Videos 2012)
- WDU Amazon Rainforest Initiative (Pdf from Powerpoint, 2011)
Garry Davis and Mariana Vergara in Dialogue on the World Passport (video, 2012)
Mindfulness into Action (video, 2013), see also Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's TED Talk 'The danger of a single story', regarding single, double or triple loop learning.
Vergara, Mariana I., Yvonne Dennis, Courtney Furlong, Elizabeth Negrete, April Frazier, The Journey of Mindfulness into Action, paper contributed to the 2014 Workshop on Transforming Humiliation and Violent Conflict, Columbia University, New York City, December 4-5, 2014.
CLAUDIA ARCOS DUARTE
Javier Collado has as his life project the resilience of knowledge. His aim is to create new horizons for world society with a transcultural, transpolitical and transnational approach. "There are no political borders and frontiers on our Mother Earth in this century as the Internet will connect the global civil society to that we can reach a new stage for the human being". The world needs "worldlists" and they need to have a transdisciplinary, multireferential and polylogic vision. In this sense, Javier is working as Director of Edition at the Global Education Magazine working to raise awareness of the global problems of humanity. You can read more about his reflections at ufba.academia.edu/javiercolladoruano.
|MURILO JARDELINO DA COSTA|
|NATÁLIA S. VIANA BRASIL|
|FABRICIO RODRIGO COSTA
Nayara Mendez is a student of Social Work at the Catholic University of Brasilia, Brazil. She is responsible for the blog City of Estrutural (Portal Cidade Estrutural), where she gets the opportunity to talk about the history of her city through postings on "Memory of the city of Estrutural" (Memória Estrutural), while keeping the local and the Brazilian Federal District populations informed about everything that happens there in real time. She also works with the project Hands of Ester (Mãos de Ester), which has been developed by the Associtation Hands That Create (Mãos Que Criam), also in the city of Estrutural. Nayara has participated in political training courses, and is active in social movements, especially those aimed at Brazilian youth.
Since June 2010, Nayara has been working on a personal project entitled "Structural, # Memory, #Resistance and #Justice". In this project, she is rescuing the history of the city of Estrutural, in the Federal District, between the years 1994 and 1999, a period that was characterized by brutal action perpetrated by the local government of the Brazilian Federal District against needy families who fought for housing. Her interest in this rescue has been triggered by the atrocities and humiliations by the government on children, men and women of the city of Estrutural. The history of this struggle has also been the subject of reports on the BBC, The New York Times, and various monograph works at the University of Brasilia.
Steve Sundberg is the author of Street Logic, a novel about homelessness in the United States. He graduated from Emory University, where in his senior year, as president of the Beta Alhpa Psi international honors business fraternity, he realized that the path of business did not contain the heart and passion that he wanted. That "Aha!" moment led to his decision to do work that held meaning for him, and to that end he studied psychology at the University of Massachusetts and then embarked on a career on the front lines of human services. He has focused primarily in the mental-health and substance-abuse fields, working with homeless children and homeless adults. From 2000-2005, he was part of a federally funded homeless outreach team in Boston, Massachusetts, where he witnessed the failure of the public-health system to effectively respond to the most vulnerable people living on the streets. Those experiences are detailed in Street Logic, for which Christopher Jencks of Harvard's Kennedy School of Government (author of The Homeless) has named "the most closely observed, emotionally charged account of American homelessness I know". Currently Steve is working as a substance-abuse counselor in south Florida, where he teaches journal writing and creative writing workshops aimed at helping patients to tell their stories and find their own meaning and real paths in the world. He is working on several projects, including a journal writing workbook for patients in recovery, and a new novel that deals with the pharmaceutical medication abuse epidemic that has arisen among the young generation of the U.S.A.
INAYAT UR REHMAN
|JENNIFER K. LYNNE
Jennifer is the founder and director of thecontactproject, an organization utilizing the science of complex systems, identity theory, and contemplative practices to collaborate with individuals, communities, and organizations in cultivating the capacities for listening, patience, and respect for conflict transformation. She developed The Engaged Identity theory and process while studying Buddhist Psychology and Peace at Naropa University. She holds a Masters in Conflict Transformation from the Center for Justice & Peacebuilding at Eastern Mennonite University, with specializations in Identity, Trauma and Organizational Leadership and is pursuing a PhD in Peace Studies at the University of New England, Australia. Her dissertation explores the efficacy of The Engaged Identity theory and the development of listening, patience, and respect in multiple cultural and conflictual contexts as foundations for conflict transformation and peace-building. She has been a Visiting Scholar at the Mind & Life Institute at Amherst College, and an invited presenter for the International Peace Research Association, the Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies consortium, the National Coalition of Dialogue & Deliberation, and the Association for Conflict Resolution. In addition to her role as Director at thecontactproject, she is currently the Peacebuilding Professional Practice Research Fellow at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Partnership for Sustainability and Peacebuilding, and serves on the Global Advisory Board for the Chetanalaya Institute in Katmandu, Nepal. Jennifer's work and research have reached participants from over thirty countries including Nigeria, Cameroon, Indonesia, Cambodia, Central America, Turkey, Fiji, and the EU.
|NICHOLAS CARL MARTIN
Nick is a also a Member of the HumanDHS Global Core Team.
He is currently a visiting fellow at the United Nations University for Peace (UPEACE) campus in Costa Rica. He also serves as Deputy Director of UPEACE/US, a foundation created in the U.S. for charitable purposes and dedicated exclusively to the advancement of educational peace initiatives and programs established by the United Nations University for Peace. Nick received his B.A. from Swarthmore College where he graduated with honors degrees in both English Literature and Education and his M.A. in Education for Peace from the United Nations University for Peace. After Swarthmore, Nick earned his secondary teaching certification and taught literature to high school students in inner city Philadelphia. He then worked at Xi'an Teachers College in China as an American classroom pedagogy professor. In 2004, Nick helped to start what has become a very successful NGO called the Genocide Intervention Network (GI-NET) to raise awareness and money for the African Union mission in Darfur. He and his family have also started a policy think tank in the Czech Republic called Prague Security Studies Institute (PSSI) for Czech university students.
Please see Exploring Possibilities for UPEACE in China: Peace Education, Project Development Report, thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Arts, Peace Education, 2006.