Conflict to Coexistence - The Task for Tomorrow's Leaders, a Panel Discussion

March 16, 2005
4:30 pm to 6:00 pm
Rapaporte Treasure Hall, Goldfarb Library

Join us in celebrating the official launch of the Master's Program in Coexistence and Conflict. This program has been designed particularly for early and mid-career professionals working within governments and international agencies, and in related fields such as security and diplomatic, aid and development, business, human rights, education, and the promotion of democracy and civil society.

Speakers include:

William Ury, co-founder of Harvard's Program on Negotiation, directs the Project on Preventing War at Harvard. His books Getting to Yes and Getting Past No have sold more than five million copies worldwide. He is a co-founder of The Coexistence Initiative. His latest book, The Third Side, has been widely acclaimed as an extraordinary resource to the field of conflict resolution and peace building.

Susan Collin Marks, executive vice president of Search for Common Ground, is a South African who has worked as a conflict resolution practitioner and peacemaker with the National Peace Accord in South Africa. In 1996, she co-founded The Coexistence Initiative. She is the author of Watching the Wind: Conflict Resolution During South Africa's Transition to Democracy, a book on the South African peace process.

Shiranee Tilakawardane, justice of the Supreme Court in Sri Lanka, was also the first woman appointed as a Court of Appeal Judge in her country. Tilakawardane’s efforts are focused on the fields of equality, gender education, and child rights. She has been active in Sakshi of India’s gender workshops for judges, the Asia Pacific Forum for Gender Education for Judges, and serves on the International Panel of Judges for the Child Rights Bureau.

Mari Fitzduff, professor and director of the international MA program in Coexistence and Conflict. Previously she was director of UNU/INCORE in Northern Ireland and chief executive of the Northern Ireland Community Relations Council. Her publications include Beyond Violence: Conflict Resolution Processes in Northern Ireland and NGO’s at the Table.

Hans Corell, Under-Secretary General for Legal Affairs and the Legal Counsel of the United Nations. Previously he was an Ambassador for Sweden and a member of the Permanent Court of Arbitration at The Hague. In 2003, Corell was the head of the U.N. delegation negotiating the Agreement between the U.N. and the government of Cambodia for the trial of the Khmer Rouge leaders.

The celebration will also feature remarks by Alan Slifka, whose vision helped to create the Slifka Program on Intercommunal Coexistence. Slifka is a co-founder of The Coexistence Initiative and a co-founder of The Abraham Fund Initiatives, which advances coexistence and equality among Jews and Arabs in Israel.