The International Center for Ethno-Religious Mediation is pleased to announce the Keynote Speakers for the 2016 Annual International Conference on Ethnic and Religious Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding, holding November 2-3, 2016 in New York City. The conference is open to the public. To register, visit the conference website.
Announcing the Keynote Speakers for the 2016 International Conference on Ethnic and Religious Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding, New York City
Vietnam and the United States: Reconciliation from a Distant and Bitter War on ICERM Radio will air Saturday, August 20, 2016 @ 2 PM Eastern Time (New York).
Theme: “Vietnam and the United States: Reconciliation from a Distant and Bitter War”
When the American involvement in Vietnam ended in 1975, both countries had bitter wounds from a long war with devastating human and financial costs. It was not until 1995 that the two countries began diplomatic relations, and the signing of the 2000 Bilateral Trade Agreement opened the way for economic relations. However, wounds from the war persist between the U.S. and Vietnam, which include questions about missing U.S. MIA/POWs, and Agent Orange contamination in Vietnam. Additionally, the U.S. sees many problems with human rights violations in Vietnam which still cause friction in relations between the two former enemies. Finally, the question of true reconciliation of war-related issues perhaps does not lie between the U.S. and Vietnam, but within the borders of Vietnam—between those who fought for the victors, and those who fought for a failed cause and were summarily sentenced to harsh and often fatal conditions of the re-education camps.
Guest Lecturer: Bruce C. McKinney, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Communication Studies, University of North Carolina Wilmington.
Tune in on the ICERM Radio website and call +1- (323) 642-1236 on Saturday, August 20, 2016 at 2 PM in Eastern Time (New York time, U.S.A.) to listen to the lecture and add your voice to the conversation.
Interfaith Cooperation: An Invitation for All Beliefs on ICERM Radio aired Saturday, August 13, 2016 @ 2 PM Eastern Time (New York).
Guest Lecturer: Elizabeth Sink, Department of Communication Studies, Colorado State University
This lecture focuses on one of those big things that we are told NEVER to talk about in polite conversation. No, even though it is an election year, the lecture isn’t about politics, or money. Elizabeth Sink talks about religion, specifically, interfaith cooperation. She starts by sharing her story and the personal stake she has in this work. Then, she shares how students on her campus at Colorado State University are bravely crossing faith and belief lines and changing the stories we most commonly hear about religion in US America.
Listen to the talk on the ICERM Radio website.
Intercultural Communication and Competence on ICERM Radio will air Saturday, August 6, 2016 @ 2 PM Eastern Time (New York).
Theme: “Intercultural Communication and Competence”
Beth Fisher-Yoshida, Ph.D., (CCS), President and CEO of Fisher Yoshida International, LLC; Director and Faculty of the Master of Science in Negotiation and Conflict Resolution and Co-Executive Director of the Advanced Consortium for Cooperation, Conflict and Complexity (AC4) at the Earth Institute, both at Columbia University; and Director of the Youth Peace and Security Program at AC4.
Ria Yoshida, M.A., Director of Communications at Fisher Yoshida International.
Tune in on the ICERM Radio website and call +1- (323) 642-1236 on Saturday, August 6, 2016 at 2 PM in Eastern Time (New York time, U.S.A.) to listen to the lecture and add your voice to the conversation.
Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris and Maarten Boudry claim that religion and religion alone motivates ISIS and ISIS-like extremists to violence. They claim that other factors such as socio-economic disenfranchisement, unemployment, troubled family backgrounds, discrimination and racism have been repeatedly refuted. Religion, they argue, plays the primary motivational role in the instigation of extremist violence. Since the claim that religion plays a lesser motivational role in extremist violence is empirically well-supported, Dr. Kelly James Clark thinks that Dawkins, Harris and Boudry’s claims that religion and religion alone motivates ISIS and ISIS-like extremists to violence are dangerously uninformed. Click to learn more…
Guest Lecturer: Kelly James Clark, Ph.D., Senior Research Fellow at the Kaufman Interfaith Institute at Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, MI; Professor at Brooks College’s Honors Program; and Author and Editor of more than twenty books as well as Author of over fifty articles.
Peacebuilding Interventions and Local Ownership on ICERM Radio will air Saturday, July 23, 2016 @ 2 PM Eastern Time (New York).
Theme: “Peacebuilding Interventions and Local Ownership”
Guest Lecturer: Joseph N. Sany, Ph.D., Technical Advisor in the Civil Society and Peacebuilding Department (CSPD) of FHI 360
Tune in on our website or call +1- (323) 642-1236 on Saturday, July 23, 2016 at 2 PM in Eastern Time (New York time, U.S.A.) to listen to the lecture and add your voice to the conversation.
This lecture brings together two important notions: peacebuilding interventions -funded by international development agencies- and the question of local ownership of such interventions. In doing so, Dr. Joseph Sany will examine important issues that conflict intervenors, development agencies, and local populations often encounter: assumptions, dilemmas, worldviews, and risks of foreign driven interventions in war torn societies and what these interventions mean for local actors. Approaching these questions from the lenses of a practitioner and a researcher, and drawing on his 15 years of experience as a consultant with international development agencies and his current work as Technical Advisor at FHI 360, Dr. Sany will discuss practical implications, and share lessons learned and best practices.
Indigenous Paradigm Alternatives to Global Crises: When Worldviews Collide on ICERM Radio aired Saturday, July 16, 2016 @ 2 PM Eastern Time (New York).
Theme: “Indigenous Paradigm Alternatives to Global Crises: When Worldviews Collide”
Distinguished Guest: James Fenelon, Ph.D., Director of Center for Indigenous Peoples Studies and Professor of Sociology, California State University, San Bernardino.