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Thursday, October 23, 2013

"The Psychology of ADR Processes"
9:30 – 10:45, Room 141

imageFormer barrister, commercial mediator, and mediation trainer Paul Randolph addressed Professor Reynolds's Negotiation class on the psychological bases of disputes and the implications of these psychological insights into whether and how disputants decide to use an alternative process, such as mediation, to help them reach resolution.


Tuesday, October 15, 2013

"Peace Through Music" Workshop with Liz Shropshire
10:00 – 11:30, Room 282

shropshireLiz Shropshire is the founder of the Shropshire Music Foundation, which works to redress psychological trauma, advance emotional health, develop scholastic achievement, foster ethnic tolerance, promote peace and improve the quality of life for war-affected children and adolescents. This special workshop with Liz was hosted jointly by the ADR Center and UO Conflict Resolution Services as part of Conflict Resolution Week 2013.

Friday, March 1, 2013

Conflict Resolution Through Applied Improvisation
1p.m.- 4p.m.
University of Oregon Student Recreation Center Bonus Room
FREE and open to the public.

Please register by Wednesday, February 20th

Learn Applied Improv Techniques to:

  • Be a more effective negotiator
  • Manage conflict & status in organizations
  • Enhance your mediation skills
  • Encourage collaboration & team-building

Barbara Tint is a Professor of Conflict Resolution and international trainer and consultant who specializes in intergroup dialogue, tint180peacebuilding in societies and organizations, and intercultural dynamics within and between groups. She has worked in Australia, Costa Rica, Ethiopia, India, Israel/Palestine, France, Rwanda, Sri Lanka and with refugee communities and multicultural groups in the U.S. Trained as a psychologist, she uses experiential methods and applied improvisation to help people understand, resolve and transform conflict. She has presented workshops on Conflict Resolution and Improv in Amsterdam, London, San Francisco, Melbourne and Portland. She is currently writing about the intersection between Improv and Conflict Resolution, and she firmly believes that Improv can change the world.

fortier180Brad Fortier is an anthropologist, entertainer and educator based in Portland, Oregon. Brad has performed and taught improv in the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Austria, Slovenia, Canada, and the United States. An original member of the Brody Theater, he was their education director from 2004 to 2011 and a charter member from 1996 to 2011. Brad does archaeological contract work for Willamette Cultural Resource Associates, Ltd. and consulting work as a trainer for Nike and Oregon Humanities as one of the principals for Incorvia, Fortier, and Associates. His writing about improv can be found at www.bradfortier.com


Thursday, January 31, 2013

iStock_000011948306_MediumLecture: “Behind the Front Lines in the Fight Against Genocide”
Mark C. Hackett, Operation Broken Silence

6:00 p.m.
Knight Law Center, Campbell Auditorium (Room 175)
FREE and open to the public.
To learn more, please click here.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

“Envisioning a Compassionate America”
Sister Helen Prejean

7:00 p.m.
Erb Memorial Union Ballroom
FREE and open to the public.

Prejean, author of New York Times best-seller and Pulitzer-Prize nominated "Dead Man Walking," is one of the best-known human rights activists and opponents of the death penalty.

This talk takes place during Sr. Helen’s fifth visit to the University of Oregon, during which she will engage with students, faculty, and community members in various venues and formats to discuss the opportunities to promote social justice.

Prejean's visit is sponsored by the Carlton and Wilberta Ripley Savage Endowment for International Relations and Peace, the Robert D. Clark Honors College, and the Oregon Law Appropriate Dispute Resolution Center.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

“International Perceptions of ‘The West’ and the Influence on Development and Humanitarian Aid”

UO Mercy Corps Practitioners-in-Residence
Lorina McAdam and Noor Rafiq Zangana

6:00 p.m.
Knight Law Center, Room 141

FREE and open to the public.

Mercy Corps practitioners Lorina McAdam and Noor Rafiq Zangana, the first Mercy Corps field staff to serve as UO Practitioners-in-Residence, will spend seven weeks in Oregon this fall.

McAdam recently served a four-year post as Mercy Corps country director in the Democratic Republic of the Congo where she oversaw water and sanitation programs that served both to improve the environment and to reduce women’s risk of sexual assault. McAdam, native to Australia, has spent the last 13 years working in international development and humanitarian aid.

Zangana joined Mercy Corps in her native Iraq in 2008. She is currently the deputy program manager for an Iraq-based program called Supporting Effective Advocacy for Marginalized Groups (SEAM), which helps local organizations to better serve their communities and seeks to improve the lives of women, youths and minorities.

The Mercy Corps Practitioner-in-Residence program was created through University of Oregon School of Law’s graduate program in Conflict and Dispute Resolution, in partnership with Mercy Corps and Portland State University. It is made possible through generous gifts from the Jubitz Family Foundation and the Northwest Institute for Conflict Resolution.

Monday, October 15, 2012

“Restorative Justice: Victims’ Needs, Repairing Harm, and Community Building”
Prof. Howard Zehr

6:00 p.m.
Erb Memorial Union, Fir Room 

FREE and open to the public.

The “grandfather” of the Restorative Justice movement, Zehr will discuss why restorative justice is a holistic, healing, and community-building response for victims, offenders, and the community. He will focus especially on the needs and experiences of victims, sharing stories and photography from his book “Transcending: Reflections of Crime Victims.” He will also address the needs and roles of offenders and the community and the potential benefits for them.


This event sponsored by UO Conflict Resolution Services, the Oregon Law Appropriate Dispute Resolution Center, and Community Mediation Services of Lane County.


For more information, contact UO Conflict Resolution Services at crs@uoregon.edu or 541-346-0617



Wednesday, April 11, 2012

How we can Prevent Genocide
Gregory Stanton, Ph.D.
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Knight Law Center Rm. 175

This talk is part of an initiative that strives to harness the rich scholarship and experience of academics, policymakers, and advocates around the world to establish a movement toward lasting change in both international and domestic contexts. It is spearheaded by Oregon Law’s Appropriate Dispute Resolution Center in partnership with the Carnegie Council for Ethics in InternationalAffairs.
Dr. Gregory Stanton is the Research Professor in Genocide Studies and Prevention at the Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University. He founded Genocide Watch in 1999, was the founder and director of the Cambodian Genocide Project and is the founder and chair of the International Campaign to End Genocide, the world's first anti-genocide coalition.
Stanton served in the State Department from 1992-99, where he drafted the United Nations Security Council resolutions that created the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, the Burundi Commission of Inquiry, and the Central African Arms Flow Commission. He also drafted the U.N. Peacekeeping Operations resolutions that helped bring about an end to the Mozambique civil war.

November 21, 2011

Shining Light on The Dark Side of Sports: The Legacy of Myles Brand
Peg Zeglin Brand, Ph.D.

Date: Monday, November 21st

Time: 12:30 – 1:30pm

Location: Knight Law Center, Room 110

How does a university president regulate the bad behavior of a popular, winning coach (Bob Knight)?

Why should the NCAA respond to a popular radio announcer's attacks on a women's basketball team (Don Imus; Rutgers)?

When should university trustees step in to control rioting students in the streets (Penn State)?

Peg Brand will lead a discussion about strategies that deal with disruptive public sports conflict, highlighting the actions taken by the late Myles Brand, former president of UO (1989-1994), Indiana University (Knight's firing, Sep., 2000), and the NCAA (Rutgers, 2007), based on his long-standing philosophy: "In college, winning is important but it's more than that. It's how you participate . . . How you conduct yourself and what values you're representing."

Please join us and feel free to bring your lunch.

Peg Brand, Ph. D., is a Courtesy Associate Professor with the University of Oregon School of Law and the Robert D. Clark Honors College. She is also associate professor of Philosophy and Women's Studies at Indiana University (Indianapolis campus, IUPUI). Dr. Brand is the author of many articles on aesthetics and feminist philosophy, and she is the editor of Beauty Revisited (forthcoming, Indiana University Press). Her artworks and additional info can be viewed at www.pegbrand.com.

Dr. Brand taught philosophy from 1989-1994 at the UO while also serving as First Lady of the University of Oregon. She is the widow of Myles Brand, former President of UO, Indiana University, and the NCAA.


November 7, 2011 

A Candid Conversation with Russ Feingold
Arbitration Fairness and the Prospects for Reform

Date: Monday November 7, 2011

Time: 12:30pm – 1:30pm

Location: Knight Law Center, Room 184

Former Senator Russ Feingold was the champion most closely identified with federal legislation aimed at reforming broad components of modern arbitration practice. The Arbitration Fairness Act, which he sponsored, was never enacted into law; however, calls for legislation to address concerns over arbitration practices in consumer and employment contexts persist. On Monday November 7, Oregon Law Dean Michael Moffitt will host an interview with the former senator, who has graciously agreed not to "pass" on any of the probing questions Dean Moffitt will raise.

Dean Moffitt asks that you please read the following documents in preparation for this talk, as they provide an excellent background for this conversation. The first PDF includes two brief pro/con articles by Jean Sternlight and Robert B. Rutledge, excerpted from 16 Disp. Res. Mag. (2009). The second PDF is an exemplary master's thesis by Hal Neth, who received both a J.D. and an M.S. in Conflict and Dispute Resolution from the University of Oregon in 2011.

Two Articles (PDF)

The Federal Arbitration Act and How It Grew by Hal Neth (PDF)


October 28 & 29, 2011 

Forgive for Good Workshop

Dr. Fred Luskin

Date: Friday, October 28, 2011

Time: 2:00 p.m.

Location: Room 184, Knight Law Center, 1515 Agate St., Eugene

Date: Saturday, October 29, 2011

Time: 1:00 p.m.

Location: White Stag Block, 70 N.W. Couch St., Portland

Fred Luskin, Ph.D., director of the Stanford Forgiveness Project, will conduct workshops on how to "Forgive for Good". Dr. Luskin is the author of Forgive for Good and is one of the world's leading researchers and teachers on the subject of forgiveness.

This event is free and open to the public. Register online at www.uoregonlaw.com/fredluskin.


October 26, 2011 

Staying with Conflict: The Challenge of Engagement in the Face of Enduring Disputes

Dr. Bernie Mayer

Date: Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Time: 7:00 p.m.

Location: Knight Law Center

Bernie Mayer, Ph. D., professor, Werner Institute for Negotiation and Dispute Resolution at Creighton University, will discuss "Staying with Conflict: The Challenge of Engagement in the Face of Enduring Disputes".

This event is free and open to the public. Register online at www.uoregonlaw.com/berniemayer.

 October 18, 2011 

Sister Helen Prejean

Date: Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Time: 7:00 p.m.

Location: Ballroom, Erb Memorial Union, 1222 E. 13th Ave., Eugene

Sister Helen Prejean, one of the foremost speakers against the death penalty, returns to spend a week in Oregon.

This event is free and open to the public.

 Apology, Settlement, and Systems Design: Learning from Medical Mistake Cases 

Date: Friday, April 1, 2011

Time:12:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

University of Oregon White Stag Building
70 NW Couch Street
Portland, Oregon

This timely symposium features presentations by Carole Houk, a conflict management systems designer, and Jennifer Robbennolt, a University of Illinois College of Law professor, followed by an engaging panel discussion with leaders from the medical and legal communities. Jen Reynolds, associate director of the ADR Center and assistant professor of law, will facilitate this event.

Free admission. CLE credits pending: $30

November 15th, 2010 

Dr. Fred Luskin

Forgive for Good

7:00 PM Room 175

Dr. Luskin is the Director of the Stanford Forgiveness Projects and a Senior Consultant of Health Promotion at Stanford University. He is the author of Forgive for Good and is one of the world's leading researchers and teachers on the subject of forgiveness. His work has been used as a response to the violence in Northern Ireland and Sierra Leone as well as with family members of people killed in the World Trade Center attack of 9/11. Dr. Luskin received his doctorate in counseling and health psychology from Stanford University. He is a licensed marriage and family counselor, educational psychologist, and clinical psychologist. For more information on his work, please visit http://learningtoforgive.com/. Please contact Ariel Broadous through email or 541-346-0140 for more information on the presentation.

October 19th, 2010 

Sister Helen Prejean

The Promise of Restorative Justice

7:00 PM

Law School Room 175

Please join the ADR Center, the Clark Honors College, and the Savage Endowment for International Relations and Peace for a presentation by Sister Helen Prejean. Sister Helen, author of Dead Man Walking and one of the best-known voices speaking against the death penalty, will speak on the topic of restorative justice.

This event is free and open to the public. Please arrive early as we anticipate a full house.

October 6th, 2010 

Rob Corcoran and Tee Turner

Trustbuilding: A Conversation on Race, Reconciliation, and Responsibility


Room 110

Rob Corcoran is the national director of Initiatives of Change and founder of Hope in the Cities, which models honest conversation and sustained partnerships across traditional boundaries. He has facilitated dialogue, reconciliation and partnerships among diverse and polarized racial, ethnic, and religious groups in an array of locales in Europe, South Africa, India, Australia and the United States.

Tee Turner is the Director of Reconciliation Programs for Hope in the Cities. He is an experienced facilitator and has more than 25 years of service as a community activist. He has extensive experience in designing programs, mobilizing community groups, and training community leaders.

April 13th, 2010

ABA WEBINAR – Dispute Resolution Boards and Partnering in Public Works Projects

9:30 AM – 10:30 AM

Law School Room 281

The ADR Center will be joining the following webinar session.

The ADR Committee of the Public Contracts Law Section, The ABA Standing Committee on Continuing Education of the Bar, and The Interagency ADR Working Group Contracts and Procurement Section present Dispute Resolution Boards and Partnering in Public Works Projects Webinar.

Program Description: Dispute Review Boards ("DRBs") and Partnering are highly effective techniques for minimizing disputes on public works projects. They provide incentive and skills training to cause parties to settle differences at the project management level, avoiding litigation or arbitration. This experienced panel will discuss aspects of DRBs, Partnering, and how to achieve maximum benefit and cost savings by using these approaches. Our distinguished panel includes:

Hubert J. Bell, Jr., Moderator
Smith, Currie & Hancock LLP
Atlanta, GA

Kerry Lawrence
Lawrence & Finkelstein PLLC
Seattle, WA

Deborah Mastin
Miami-Dade County Attorney Office
Miami, FL

Christi Underwood
Christi L. Underwood PA
Orlando, FL

Christina Mitchell, cohort 5 student, has been selected as one of five recipients of the annual Road Scholars Graduate Student Awards by the Center for the Study of Women in Society. The five students will visit local middle and high school classrooms through the CSWS program to speak on the 2010 theme of the national Women's History Project, "Writing Women Back Into History." More information on the award can be found at csws.uoregon.edu/?cat=34.

Crisis and Collaboration: Environmental Decision-Making in a Rapidly Changing Landscape

A series of Fireside Conversations 2009-2010

Learn more

February 18th, 2010 

Seymour Hersh
The Question of Torture
7:00 PM EMU Ballroom

Savage Professor of International Relations and Peace, Seymour Hersh, is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist who exposed the My Lai massacre and its cover-up during the Vietnam War and, more recently, reported on the mistreatment of detainees at Abu Ghraib prision in Iraq. Please join us for his presidential lecture. For more information please call (541) 346-6980.

Encore Lecture
February 19th, 2010
5:30 PM
White Stage Block
70 NW Couch Street, Portland

This is a free public event. Seating is limited at the White Stag Block. RSVP by calling 1-800-280-6218.

This event is part of the "Human Rights in Question" lecture series presented by the Savage Committee on International Relations and Peace.

February 4th

Climate Change, Mediation and Beyond War
Room 175

Hear firsthand as Elaine and Bill Hallmark share their experiences and insights from the pre-meeting at Barcelona to the UN conference at Copenhagen. They hold official observer status as part of the NGO delegation with Mediators Beyond Borders. Come with your questions and input on how to engage in moving the world beyond the stalemate over climate change. What kind of system could deal with the present and future climate related issues without resorting to war?

January 25th, 2010 

Sister Helen Prejean
Inalienable Human Rights Today
7:00 PM Law School Room 175

Sister Helen Prejean, author of Dead Man Walking and one of the best-known voices speaking against the death penalty, educates the public about the death penalty and continues to counsel not only inmates on death row, but the families of murder victims. Her first book, Dead Man Walking, was the basis for the 1996 motion picture. With her second book, The Death of Innocents, Sister Helen has broadened the death penalty discourse even further. Please join us for the discussion.

January 21st
7:00 PM
Living Learning Center Room 101

Screening of Dead Man Walking and presentation by Willamette University Professor of Law and death penalty expert, William Long

This event is part of the "Human Rights in Question" lecture series presented by the Savage Committee on International Relations and Peace.

January 20th, 2010 

Peter Adler, CEO and President of the Keystone Center in Colorado, which works on some of society's most challenging environmental, energy, and public health problems, will join us for two events:

"The End of Mediation: A Ramble on Why the Field Will Fail and Mediators Will Thrive over the Next Two Decades"

10:00 AM Lewis Lounge

After Adler states his case, Jim Melamed, founder and director of Mediate.com, and our own Michael Moffitt will respond and begin dialogue about Adler's ideas.

"The Keys to the Kingdom: Getting Our Heads around Environmental Leadership."

5:00 PM Lewis Lounge

Peter will give the seventh Fireside Chat in the series "Environmental Decision-Making in a Rapidly Changing Landscape."

November 6th & 7th, 2009

Oregon Mediation Association 23rd Annual Conference
Beyond Heroes and Villains: The Power of Collaboration
Keynote Speaker: Larry Susskind

With a change in administration, we are hearing a new perspective on dialogue and observing choices that signal a strategic shift in direction for dealing with friend and foe alike. A shift of this magnitude has implications for every level of conflict resolution, whether between nations, groups, or individuals. The challenge ahead is to continue developing and applying our knowledge, skills, and collaborative approaches to the work of mediation and conflict resolution. The 2009 OMA-ADR Center fall conference will challenge us to move beyond simple characterizations of people as heroes and villains. Please visit www.omediate.org for more information.

October 29th, 2009

Flight from Death: The Quest for Immortality
Film screening followed by Q&A
Sheldon Solomon (Professor of Psychology, Skidmore College)
6:30 PM Room 184

Sheldon Solomon is a Professor of psychology at Skidmore College. His work exploring the effects of the uniquely human awareness of death on individual and social awareness is featured in the documentary film Flight from Death: The Quest for Immortality. This seven-time Best Documentary award-winning film is the most comprehensive and mind-blowing investigation of humankind's relationship with death ever captured on film. Hailed by many viewers as a "life-transformational film", Flight from Death uncovers death anxiety as a possible root cause of many of our conflicts and behaviors on a psychological, spiritual, and cultural level. Following the work of the late cultural anthropologist, Ernest Becker, and his Pulitzer Prize-winning book Denial of Death, this documentary explores the ongoing research of a group of social psychologists that may forever change the way we look at ourselves and the world. Please join us for a showing of the documentary followed by a discussion and Q&A session with Sheldon Solomon. (www.flightfromdeath.com)

The Cheyney Ryan Peace and Conflict Studies Essay Contest

Winners can be found at www.mediate.com/articles/stoeszJessay.cfm

October 9th, 2009

James E. McGuire
Modern Mediation in China: One U.S. Perspective
12:00 PM Room 142

James E. McGuire, a mediator with JAMS in Boston, Massachusetts, will lead a discussion on mediation in China. Mr. McGuire has been part of an international exchange program on mediation with Chinese judges and professors. Mediation in China is both very ancient and very modern. China has decided that mediation shall be the preferred form of dispute resolution. In this program, Mr. McGuire will discuss some aspects of the exchange. Come with your thoughts and questions.

April 30, 2009


Rereading Against Settlement: Some Contemporary Reflections on Dispute Resolution, Justice, and the Question of Public Value

Amy Cohen, assistant professor of law at Ohio State University's Moritz College of Law, teaches property, international dispute resolution, law and development, and mediation. She has extensive experience working on participatory development projects in Nepal, Thailand, and Ghana. Her research interests include: dispute resolution theory and practice; cultural theory; and relationships among rule-of-law promotion, legal consciousness, and grassroots social movements.


April 10-11, 2009

Designing Systems For Dispute Resolution: Practical Planning For Effective Management Of Disputes

Visiting ADR Faculty Fellow Paul Godin and Tim Hicks, Director of the Master's degree program in Conflict and Dispute Resolution, will use a combination of lecture, facilitated discussions, and a single large case study to introduce participants to the concepts and practice of dispute resolution system design from conception to final implementation. 

April 7, 2009

Careers in ADR Panel Discussion

12:00PM Room 110

ADRB is working on providing a panel discussion on various career opportunities in ADR. Confirmed speakers are Professor Paul Godin and Professor Dwight Golann.

Paul Godin is a Toronto-based mediator, lawyer, negotiator, facilitator, trainer, and Alternative Dispute Resolution systems designer at the Stitt Feld Handy Group. Godin has designed and led workshops on ADR and Negotiation worldwide, teaching in Canada, the U.S.A., the U.K., Australia, Ethiopia and the Caribbean, for both the general public and organizations such as Qantas, the Trade Union Congress (Bahamas), Mattel Canada, General Dynamics, INCO, YUM Brands (KFC/Pizza Hut), The Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (Ontario), and many others.

Professor Golann has published four books and numerous articles on mediation of legal disputes and conflict resolution. He also has mediated hundreds of legal disputes and trained legal mediators in federal courts, the U.S. Department of Justice, the European Union, and many other associations. Professor Golann previously taught courses on dispute resolution, mediation, and consumer law at Suffolk University Law School in Boston. He also served as Chief of Consumer Protection for the Massachusetts Attorney General, the Chairman of the Advisory Council to the Governors of the Federal Reserve, and the Chair of the ADR Section of the Association of American Law Schools.

Lunch will be provided.

March 31, 2009

Interdisciplinary Series

Rich Margerum (Department of Planning, Public Policy and Management)

12:00 PM (Location TBA)

Rich Margerum is the Department Head, Associate Professor and Director of the Master of Community and Regional Planning Program. His research interests include environmental planning, land-use issues and collaborative planning and management. Other interests include environmental management, decision making and implementation and evaluation processes.

March 7-8, 2009

ABA Representation in Mediation Regional Competition

Knight Law Center

All Day

Schools from Oregon, Washington, Idaho and California will test their advocacy skills in mediation and compete for the opportunity to advance to the National Competition in New York.

February 16, 2009

Interdisciplinary Series

Media: Promises and Perils in Times of Conflict

Gabriela Martinez (School of Journalism and Communication)

12:00 PM Many Nations Longhouse

The media bears tremendous responsibility in times of conflict as it needs to inform, be a watchdog, and in many instances persuade communities into some sort of action. Gabriela Martínez will speak of the instances in which media is a promise aiding resolution, and when the media is a peril exacerbating conflict. What the international communication key issues are, and how to go about engaging and enhancing media as a promise for conflict resolution are at the core of this conversation.

Gabriela Martínez is an Assistant Professor at the School of Journalism and Communication. Some of her areas of research and expertise are International Communication, Global Media, and Latin American Telecommunication and Culture.

November 20, 2008

Francis McGovern

Lunch with Students – 12:00 PM Room 141

Evening Presentation – 7:00 PM Room 184

Francis McGovern, professor of law at Duke Law School and a premier international practitioner, scholar, and teacher in the field of alternative dispute resolution, will give a presentation and meet with students at the UO law school and the Master's program. Professor McGovern's name is virtually synonymous with "mass claim" litigation – the often tens of thousands of tort claims arising out of a major disaster or major product liability issue. As a court-appointed special master or neutral expert, he has developed solutions in most of the significant mass claim litigation in the U.S., including the DDT toxic exposure litigation in Alabama, the Dalkon-Shield controversy, and his current work involving the silicone gel breast implant litigation. Countries outside the United States now are recognizing the effectiveness of Professor McGovern's work. Working with United Nations Compensation Commission, which was set up to ensure that Iraq compensates citizens, businesses and government agencies for losses suffered in the Persian Gulf War, Professor McGovern is helping construct a legal framework for handling the 2.6 million claims for reparations from Iraq. He also is developing a transnational ADR center in Europe to handle torts, including silicone gel breast implants and HIV infected blood cases, that cross national boundaries.

October 28, 2008

DeEtte Beghtol Waleed

Building Peace: A view from Africa

7:00 PM Room 184

DeEtte Beghtol Waleed will give a presentation to students and the general public on her experience during six years in Africa as a member of the teaching staff for the Peacebuilding and Conflict Transformation program in Zambia which offered 9 month, 3 month and 6 week intensive courses to students from community peacebuilding organizations all over Africa including Rwanda, Burundi, Somalia, Ethiopia, Zimbabwe, Kenya and Sierra Leone, and which also designed and presented programs for specific partners, including an ongoing program with the UN to train refugees as trainers for an extensive peacebuilding program in all 8 refugee camps in Zambia.


October 20-21, 2008

Don McPherson

Activist, Educator, Feminist, College Football Hall of Fame
October 20th – Eugene Presentation – 7:00 PM Room 175

October 21st – Portland Luncheon – 12:00 PM White Stag Building

Shifting Sports Culture: Competition not Conflict

For more than 20 years, Don McPherson has used the power and appeal of sport to address complex social issues. He has created innovative programs, supported community service providers and has provided educational seminars and lectures throughout North America.

As an athlete, McPherson was a consensus All-America quarterback at Syracuse University and is a veteran of the NFL and Canadian Football League. As captain of the undefeated 1987 Syracuse football team, McPherson set 22 school records, led the nation in passing and won more than 18 national "player of the year" awards, including the Maxwell Award as the nation's best player, the Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award and the inaugural Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award. He was second in the Heisman Trophy voting. In 2008 McPherson was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame.

In his service to the community, which spans three decades, McPherson has delivered school and community based programs addressing issues such as drunk driving, alcohol and substance abuse, bullying, youth leadership and mentoring. Upon retiring from pro football in 1994, he joined Northeastern University's Center for the Study of Sport in Society as national director of Athletes in Service to America, an Americorps funded program. In 2002 he founded the Sports Leadership Institute at Adelphi University, for which he served as executive director until 2007.

October 16-18, 2008

Evolutionary Perspectives on War:

An Interdisciplinary Conference

Erb Memorial Union Gumwood Room

For more information contact:

Vonda Evans

Institute of Cognitive & Decision Sciences

Phone: (541) 346-4941, Fax: (541) 346-4914


October 10, 2008

2008 JELL Symposium

Living on a Finite Earth: Energy Law & Policy for a New Era

9:00 AM Room 175

The western United States has been at the forefront of energy technology and innovative energy policy. Where do we go from here with rising gas prices and increasing demand for energy? This free public symposium will address these pressing issues with panel discussions and keynote presentations exploring the future of energy law and policy in a changing world. CLE credits pending.

The Symposium will begin with a keynote address at 9:00 am. The first half of the symposium will focus on energy policy and the cost and possibility of making the change over to renewable, sustainable energies. The second part of the day will focus on upcoming renewable energy sources and legal barriers as well as on transportation (moveable energy) issues. The day will end at 4:30 pm. Registration begins at 8:00 am with coffee, tea, and a light breakfast in the foyer of Room 175 of the Knight Law Center.

September 24, 2008

Dr. Anita Weiss

Militant Islam and Women's Rights in Pakistan

12:00 PM Room 243

Dr. Anita Weiss is a professor in the International Studies Program in the College of Arts and Sciences. Dr. Weiss is also the director of the graduate degree program in International Studies and the liaison for the MA/JD concurrent degree program. Dr. Weiss will focus on the topic of her current research: Militant Islam and Women's Rights in Pakistan. Students will be encouraged to ask questions and engage in a discussion of the topic.


Dispute Resolution: Examples and Explanations

By Michael L. Moffitt, Andrea Kupfer Schneider

University of Oregon law school professor and associate director of the ADR Center at the law school has co-authored a new book. "Dispute Resolution: Examples and Explanations" is aimed to complement any course on ADR, Negotiation, Mediation, or Arbitration, because it balances theory with practice exercises–the way dispute resolution is taught in most classes. Using the Examples and Explanations pedagogy, the straightforward text explains legal doctrines and analytic frameworks. Examples and explanations give students practice applying those concepts in every chapter. Michael's previous book "The Handbook of Dispute Resolution" was the 2005 winner of the National Institute for Advanced Conflict Resolution Book Award. www.amazon.com


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