Wednesday, February 27, 2019
Compassionate reasoning offers a new approach to address the cognitive and emotive foundations for progress in conflict management, genocide prevention, and the evolution of human rights. Using illustrative experiences in contemporary Syria, Marc Gopin, director at George Mason University’s Center for World Religions, Diplomacy and Conflict Resolution will discuss the roles of religious people, especially women, and the demonstrated importance of cognitive and emotive approaches to alliance building and recovery He will explain why some cutting-edge work in neuroscience and cognitive psychology can be helpful in intervention, in coping with major catastrophes, and with life inside police states; he will also explore relevance to current challenges of destructive conflict in the United States.
Marc Gopin is the James H. Laue Professor at the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University and founder and director of the Center for World Religions, Diplomacy and Conflict Resolution (CRDC). Gopin has trained thousands of people worldwide in conflict resolution strategies for complex conflicts, and has consulted on conflicts inside major companies, as well as between adversaries in destructive conflicts domestically and globally. He has published seven books, and has appeared on global media outlets, such as CNN and the Jim Lehrer News Hour, and has published in the International Herald Tribune among others. His book “Healing the Heart of Conflict: Eight Crucial Steps to Making Peace with Yourself and with Others,” has become the basis of conflict resolution training in several countries.
A frequent speaker at universities, corporations, and other institutions, he was the recipient of the 2008 Andrew Thomas Peacebuilder Award from the New York State Dispute Resolution Association (NYSDRA), and his book, “Holy War, Holy Peace,” was cited as one of four noteworthy books of 2002 chosen by the Christian Science Monitor.
Gopin received his Ph.D. in ethics from Brandeis University in 1993.
Professor Gopin’s Athenaeum lecture is co-sponsored by the Mgrublian Center for Human Rights at CMC.