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2009.02.27 > For Immediate Release
contact: Wendy Townley - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2762 - email: wtownley@unomaha.edu

Brooks Lecture Features Creighton University Negotiation Professor

Omaha - The 2009 Rabbi Sidney H. Brooks Lecture is 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 24, in the William H. Thompson Alumni Center Bootstrapper Hall on the University of Nebraska at Omaha campus.

Ran Kuttner, assistant professor with the Werner Institute for Negotiation and Dispute Resolution at Creighton University, will present “Entering a Dialogue:Dynamics of Conflict Management in the Israeli Society.”

The lecture will present tendencies in the Israeli society and their effect on the increased fragmentation in recent decades (as well as on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict). It will discuss the concept of dialogue and its relational characteristics and pose the question what needs to be done in order to transform destructive mechanisms of conflict management into increased capacity to constructive management of social, interpersonal and international conflicts.

Kuttner is an assistant professor of Conflict Resolution at the Werner Institute for Negotiation and Dispute Resolution, Creighton University School of Law. For the past three years, he has been a visiting researcher and an associate at the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School, where, among other research projects, he helped redesign and teach the Harvard mediation course, a joint course for law and MBA students.

He also designed a mediation certification program in his Center for the Study of Mediation and Conflict Management (“Merhav”) in Israel, and has taught numerous mediation courses for Israeli educators, companies and general public. In his research and teaching, Kuttner examines philosophical aspects of mediation and aims to improve both the understanding and the practice of transformation of adversity into dialogue through mediation and other conflict management processes.

He received his Ph.D from the Program on Conflict Management and Negotiation at Bar-Ilan University, Israel, where in the past he has co-taught a graduate-level mediation certification course.

The lecture is the result of an endowment honouring the Rabbi Sidney H. Brooks. It is presented through the sponsorship of the Religious Studies Program, the College of Arts and Sciences and Temple Israel. It is open to the public at no charge.

Contact Guy Matalon for more information: gmatalon@unomaha.edu or (402) 554-2139.

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UNO is celebrating its 100th anniversary. The celebration recognizes the partnership among the City of Omaha, its citizens and UNO to build a vibrant and dynamic community. The centennial theme is “UNO: Central To Our City Since 1908.” This theme acknowledges the past contributions of UNO to the community and sets the stage for great things to come.

UNO, inaugurated in 1968, emerged from the Municipal University of Omaha, established in 1931, which grew out of the University of Omaha founded in 1908. For Centennial information, go to http://www.unomaha.edu/100/.

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