Tag Archives: public policy

What I’m Reading – High-Powered Lawyers Protecting a Ruthless Drug-Dealing Mob

People in every demographic group and every part of the country became hooked on powerful drugs.  Many lost their jobs, savings, homes, and families and they became ensnared in the criminal justice system.  Hundreds of thousands died from drug overdoses.  Communities were decimated. The drug pushers were protected by high-powered lawyers like Mary Jo White, … Continue reading What I’m Reading – High-Powered Lawyers Protecting a Ruthless Drug-Dealing Mob

What I’m Reading – Collateral Damage of War

War is the worst method of dispute resolution.  In war, combatants and civilians are killed and injured, physical and social infrastructure is destroyed, and individuals and societies are traumatized, resulting in harms that can continue long after wars are declared to be over. People often use the term “collateral damage” referring to death and injury … Continue reading What I’m Reading – Collateral Damage of War

What I’m Reading – PBS Documentary on William Randolph Hearst

I learned a lot about William Randolph Hearst by watching the PBS American Experience documentary about him.  He is best known as a purveyor of “yellow journalism,” promoter of the Spanish-American War, and the target of the Orson Welles film, Citizen Kane.  The documentary shows that he has had a huge and continuing impact on … Continue reading What I’m Reading – PBS Documentary on William Randolph Hearst

What I’m Reading – The Social Dilemma

“Facebook is like a pocketknife:  You can use it to peel an apple or stab a janitor at school.”  So said tech analyst (and talk-show host) Jimmy Kimmel. Noam Ebner (not a talk-show host) wrote, “Its positive characteristics and opportunities notwithstanding, the Internet has become something similar to a bad neighborhood after dark. … Even … Continue reading What I’m Reading – The Social Dilemma

More on Gary Friedman’s Not-So-Excellent Adventure in Politics

The Association for Conflict Resolution of Greater New York and the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in the City University of New York recently hosted an interesting breakfast roundtable featuring Gary Friedman, discussing his unfortunate tenure as a local elected government official.  You may recall that this was the subject of a series of … Continue reading More on Gary Friedman’s Not-So-Excellent Adventure in Politics

Peter Coleman’s Outstanding Evidence-Based Work on Reducing Polarization

Peter T. Coleman, professor of psychology and education at Columbia University, an award-winning scholar and a prolific author, recently published his latest book, The Way Out: How to Overcome Toxic Polarization.  He holds a joint appointment at Teachers College and The Earth Institute.  In his spare time, he is the director of the Morton Deutsch … Continue reading Peter Coleman’s Outstanding Evidence-Based Work on Reducing Polarization

Straus Institute Symposium – ADR at the Roots on April 23

From Sukhsimranjit Singh: On behalf of the Straus Institute, I am delighted to invite you to join us this Friday, April 23, at our upcoming symposium, ADR at the Roots: Exploring Diversity and Equity in the Field.  Full event and registration information may be found here. This event aims to bring together scholars, thinkers, and practitioners … Continue reading Straus Institute Symposium – ADR at the Roots on April 23

UNLV Hosts Speaker to Discuss Peace in the Desert

From MFOI Lydia Nussbaum The UNLV Saltman Center for Conflict Resolution will host Professor Alia Malek on Thursday, April 8 at noon PDT for a virtual talk as part of its “Peace in the Desert” Speakers Series.   Her presentation is entitled “When Home Is Unattainable, What Replaces It?” Professor Malek began her professional career as … Continue reading UNLV Hosts Speaker to Discuss Peace in the Desert

More Video Conversations – ADR’s Place in Navigating a Polarized Era

From AFOI Nancy Welsh: I’m happy to report that we have posted more video conversations arising out of Texas A&M’s symposium on “ADR’s Place in Navigating a Polarized Era.”  You can find them here (scroll down to Current Events), along with links to the symposium articles in the Texas A&M Law Review and the Ohio … Continue reading More Video Conversations – ADR’s Place in Navigating a Polarized Era

11th Annual International Cyber-conference on Dispute Resolution

From TFOI Brian Jarrett: You are invited to our 11th Annual International Cyber-Conference on Dispute Resolution, Wed. April 7 @ Noon-2:30 pm (US Pacific Coast Time).   Please invite your students, colleagues, and community members to participate in this international event. Each year, the Cyber-conference has promoted a global town-hall style dialogue between students, professors, mediators, … Continue reading 11th Annual International Cyber-conference on Dispute Resolution

New Report on “Power, Protest, and Political Change” from the Harvard Dispute Systems Design Clinic

From TFOI Rachel Viscomi and Lisa Dicker: After the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and too many other Black Americans, protests across the country built what became one of the largest movements in American history. Yet many activists in the U.S. felt that what resulted were only piecemeal reforms and lip service. … Continue reading New Report on “Power, Protest, and Political Change” from the Harvard Dispute Systems Design Clinic