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Conference at Georgetown: Managing Diversity in Divided Societies

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Georgetown University Conflict Resolution Program will host a conference on Divided Societies from January 30-31, 2014. In a globalized world with increased migration and mobility, diversity has become a central issue in society and government. Differences in race, ethnicity, language, religion, gender, and sexuality have both enriched societies and fueled tensions. In this light, conflict-affected communities encounter unique challenges to the implementation and realization of diversity. However, they also offer valuable perspectives and practices that can serve as model for other societies. We have yet to determine under which conditions diversity can be best utilized for the well-being of society rather than constituting a dividing force. Approaches by government have varied significantly between a laissez-faire policy and formal intervention utilized to foster multiculturalism or assimilation. Civil society groups have similarly struggled to bridge divides while recognizing differences.

Papers will be presented from a diverse group of scholars, artists and practitioners. Keynote Speaker will be Senior Vice President of Search for Common Ground Susan Collin Marks. Click here for more information on guest speakers, registration and location.

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