University of North Dakota Faculty/Staff Newsletter

Conflict Resolution Center symposium continues through June 19

The Conflict Resolution Center (CRC) will host its annual symposium, "Got Culture?! Exploring Our Diversity," June 14-19 on campus at UND.

The first day of the symposium includes multiple panels featuring old and recent immigrants to the Greater Grand Forks region. Monday's lunch includes two keynote speakers, Father William Sherman, NDSU professor emeritus, and Playford V. Thorson, UND professor emeritus of history.

Sherman attended St. John's University, Collegeville, Minn. and St. John's School of Theology, graduating in 1955. He earned a master's of sociology degree from UND. Thorson co-authored "Plains Folk" and many other articles and publications with Sherman. They have done extensive research and writing on the ethnic dimensions of the Northern Great Plains.

The symposium also features sessions by Lutheran Social Services' New American Services for those working with new immigrant communities, and a workshop for educators by Anne Walker. Special training sessions will focus on facilitating diversity dialogue circles and also how to engage in culturally sensitive conflict work through understanding different worldviews.

The schedule for the week includes:

Wednesday, June 16

8 a.m. to noon, 1 to 5 p.m. - Educators' session: "Cultural and Linguistic Diversity in North Dakota Schools" with Anne Walker, Jill Shafer

Thursday, June 17

8 a.m. to 5 p.m. - Workshop: "Engaging in Constructive Conflict Work Across Cultures & Worldviews" with Ken Fox, Hamline University
1 to 4:30 p.m. - Workshop -- Educators' Session repeated
11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. - Keynote Lunch -- Ken Fox, "Teaching Co-existence Through Civic Education"

Friday, June 18

8 a.m. to 5 p.m. - Ken Fox's Workshop continued

Saturday, June 19

World Refugee Day Celebration - GGF Farmers' Market

*Evening cultural events also offered throughout the week.

For more information, visit CRC's web site at www.conflictresolution.und/conf.php. To register for the symposium, call Gail or Kristine at 777-3664 or email Space is limited. Register today.

-- Kristine Paranica, director, UND Conflict Resolution Center, 777-3664,

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