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Center for Cultural Pluralism

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Engaging with Conflict

In May 2015, Dr. Mihelle Lebaron presented three workshops. Two were on Creative Conflict Prevention, Management & Transformation and one on Engaging Intercultural Conflict. Read below for more information about Dr. LeBaron and the workshops she facilitated.

Michelle LeBaron

Dr. Michelle LeBaron is a Professor of Law and Distinguished Scholar in Residence at the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies at the University of British Columbia (UBC). She joined the Allard School of Law in 2003 as a full professor and was Director of the UBC Program on Dispute Resolution from 2003-2012. From 1993-2003, she taught at the Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution and the Women's Studies program at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. Prior to moving to the US, she directed the Multiculturalism and Dispute Resolution Project at the University of Victoria. Professor LeBaron has lectured and consulted around the world on intercultural conflict resolution, and has practised as a family law and commercial mediator. She was called to the Bar of British Columbia in 1982 after articling at Campney and Murphy in Vancouver.

Professor LeBaron's research focuses on how the arts can foster belonging and social cohesion across cultural and worldview differences. Her current project investigates how dance, movement and kinesthetic awareness can enhance practitioners' and parties' capacities to transform conflict, and is the subject of her new book The Choreography of Resolution: Conflict, Movement and Neuroscience. Professor LeBaron has also published on creativity, intuition, spirituality and intercultural relations.

Creative Conflict Prevention, Management & Transformation

In today's organizations, a range of creative, holistic approaches are needed to prevent, manage and transform conflict. Holistic approaches meet difference with dialogue, integrating intuition with analysis to inform collaborative processes. In this workshop, participants will learn ways to prevent, assess and manage conflict with a particular accent on creative problem-solving. Using case examples, we will explore the dynamics of conflict transformation and its relationship to resilience. Together, we will explore ways to:

  • augment practical repertorires for preventing, assessing and transforming conflict in organizational settings;
  • apply a relational framework for conflict analysis and intervention
  • analyze power dynamics as they inter-relate with conflict.

Engaging Intercultural Conflict

Working with diverse groups is complex, and requires cultural fluency and facility with conflict. This workshop will assist participants to deepen their repertoires for working with people from different backgrounds. It will include opportunities for case-based analysis, experiential learning and skills practice. We will also explore how to transform intercultural conflict. Transformation means finding a way for all involved to shift their understandings and perceptions of the other or the issues in positive ways.

  • deepen understandings of how cultural dynamics affect conflict engagement processes;
  • improve cultural fluency to faciliate work with people from diverse backgrounds and orientations;
  • learn capacities and skills for intercultural conflict transformation.

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