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Transformative Community Conferencing

Drawing from both the Transforming Historical Harms manual (Hooker and Potter-Czaijkowski EMU 2012) and the Little Book of Transformative Community Conferencing (Hooker, SkyHorse Publishing/Good Books 2016), guest David Anderson Hooker will discuss the role and practices of unveiling hidden narratives that support and sustain conflict, and those that allow conflicting parties to move forward together. After proposing framework, he will apply the framework to recent incidents in Charlottesville, Virginia.

David Anderson Hooker PhD, JD, MDiv is Professor of the Practice of Conflict Transformation and Peacebuilding at the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies in University of Notre Dame’s Keough School of Global Affairs. His practice spans more than 30 years as mediator, trainer, leadership development specialist, advocate, and community peacebuilder working throughout Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Eastern Europe, and the (united) States of America. Hooker’s primary research investigates the social and narrative construction of complex identities; the role of multigenerational trauma in the formation of interpersonal and communal relations and systems and structures; and the various models and approaches to truth-telling as mechanisms for approaching justice, quality peace, and societal reconciliation.

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