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Visiting Scholars

Specialists in conflict resolution are periodically invited to the University campus for research, teaching and public lectures.

Ronald Fisher

Professor of International Relations, School of International, Service American University

Ph.D. University of Michigan

Ronald Fisher, Professor in the Division of International Peace and Conflict Resolution at American University's School of International Service in Washington DC, was the Conflict Resolution Institute's visiting scholar in 2007. On campus from Mid-February to  late April, he conducted a three-day workshop for current students on Interactive Conflict Resolution, and on April 18 will took part in a public panel discussion on the conflict in Cyprus as part of a symposium hosted by the Conflict Resolution Institute.

Fisher's publications include Paving the Way: Contributions of Interactive Conflict Resolution to Peacemaking, Interactive Conflict Resolution (Syracuse University Press, 1997), The Social Psychology of Intergroup and International Conflict Resolution (Springer-Verlag, 1990), and a number of articles. He was the Founding Coordinator of the Applied Social Psychology Graduate Program at the University of Saskatchewan, Canada, and has taught at a number of universities in Canada, the United States, and Europe in peace studies and conflict resolution. Dr. Fisher's primary interest focuses on interactive conflict resolution, which involves informal, third party interventions in protracted and violent ethno-political conflict. He has worked on the longstanding dispute in Cyprus and similar conflicts in other parts of the world.

 

Jay Rothman

President, ARIA Group, Ohio

Ph.D. University of Maryland
Jay Rothman, President of the Ohio-based ARIA Group, Inc, a conflict resolution training and consulting company, and director of the Action Evaluation Research Institute, was the first visiting scholar at the Conflict Resolution Institute. On campus March 20-24, 2005, he conducted a three-day workshop for current M.A. students, on Methods of Community Conflict Resolution, gave a public talk on “Cincinnati Police-Community Relations Collaborative” and a presentation on his current research to the Conflict Resolution faculty. The workshop on Community Conflict Resolution Methods will be repeated on March 19-22, 2006.

Rothman’s publications include Resolving Identity-Based Conflict in Nations, Organizations and Communities (Jossey-Bass, 1997), as well as over two dozen articles on identity-based conflict, conflict resolution, and evaluation. He has been a consultant, led workshops and conducted interventions in more than dozen countries including South Africa, Israel and Palestine, Northern Ireland, and Sri Lanka.

 

Tal Litvak-Hirsch

Israeli Fulbright Scholar, 2005-06

In Residence, Earlham College

Ph.D. Ben Gurion University

Tal Litvak-Hirsch on campus in mid-October, 2005, delivered a public talk accompanied by film clips, "Palestinians and Israelis are Listening to Each Other: Creating Dialogue in a Conflict Context," presenting new models of encounter groups in the "life story-telling" method. She also conduced a short workshop on quantitative research methods, including interviewing techniques and analysis using the "life story-telling" method.

Litvak-Hirsch's research examines changes in the construction of the Israeli collective identity based upon the inclusion or exclusion of certain "others". She is credited with developing a new diagnostic tool that may enhance levels of understanding between all parties in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.

 

 

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