Peacebuilding Through Dialogue

Education, Human Transformation, and Conflict Resolution

Edited by Peter N. Stearns

Published by George Mason University Press in collaboration with the Ikeda Center, December 2018
ISBN : 978-1-942695-11-0 (trade paper)
ISBN : 978-1-942695-12-7 (ebook)

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Peacebuilding Through Dialogue is an invitation to scholars, students, and engaged citizens to discover the power and versatility of dialogue as a peacebuilding practice. Edited by Peter Stearns, the book features sixteen authors considering dialogue in the context of teaching and learning; dialogue as part of personal and interpersonal growth; and dialogue in conflict resolution and other situations of great change. With its expansive approach, the book makes original and invaluable contributions to peace studies, civic studies, education studies, organizational studies, conflict resolution studies, and dignity studies.

Peter N. Stearns is University Professor and Provost Emeritus at
George Mason University

Praise for Peacebuilding Through Dialogue

“This vibrant, insightful volume sheds new light on dialogue processes that serve as the DNA of peacebuilding and help bridge the chasms of deeply divided societies. The book is especially groundbreaking in its focus on the links between ‘inner peace,’ including dynamics such as compassion and dignity, and broad social change. It is this constant interplay between transformation of the self and transformation of society that gives dialogue its tensile strength, and the authors capture these dynamics compellingly. In an increasingly polarized world, this book offers hope and a reflection on how we can change society, and ourselves.”
Melanie Greenberg, Managing Director for Peacebuilding, Humanity United; former Chief Executive Officer, the Alliance for Peacebuilding

“This set of chapters on the use of dialogue in peacebuilding is powerfully informative and beautifully written. Engaging in dialogue is challenging work, and this fine book provides substantial help.”
Nel Noddings, Lee L. Jacks Professor of Education, Emerita, at Stanford University; author, Caring: A Feminine Approach to Ethics and Moral Education

"Peacebuilding Through Dialogue is a valuable collection of reflections on the meaning, complexity, and application of dialogue. Any student and/or practitioner of dialogue, including peace and justice educators, will find important value in these essays from a diverse range of scholars and practitioners. The volume offers in-depth and rigorous insight into the theory and practice of dialogue in education, personal development, and [conflict resolution], insight that seems of even greater ethical and political importance today."
Dale Snauwaert, Professor, Educational Theory and Social Foundations of Education, University of Toledo

"With the themes of respect for human dignity, spirit of mutuality, and creativity as common threads, all three sections [of Peacebuilding Through Dialogue] cohere into a comprehensive whole illustrating the deeply educative role that persistent dialogue can and does play in fostering the type of human becoming that educators and the field of education endeavor to effect in theory and practice, a becoming born from inner transformation that leads to mutual growth and creativity. Moreover, taken together, the chapters in this volume clarify that whether ameliorating differences among seemingly different groups in the classroom, mediating international conflicts, or collaboratively solving local issues through dialogic engagement, fruitful dialogue requires dispositions and skills that must be cultivated, and thus all of the chapters have important implications for education."
Nozomi Inukai, Research Fellow, Institute for Daisaku Ikeda Studies in Education, DePaul University

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