The lecture 'Difficult Conversations: Intercultural Contact between Deeply Divided Groups' will be given by Don Ellis, Ph.D., professor of communications at the University of Hartford.
It will take place at 3 p.m., Friday, Dec. 2, in the Center for Global Citizenship, Seminar Room 124.
The event is sponsored by the Center for Intercultural Studies. It is free and open to the public.
The talk will focus on intractable ethnopolitical conflicts which are conflicts that are particularly resistant to resolution. Typically, they are conflicts where religion and ethnicity are highly implicated. Moreover such conflicts are over sacred issues such as holy land and firm historical identities. These conversations are particularly "difficult" because participants invoke God and unassailable warrants to justify their positions. Intercultural communication becomes especially taxing. Talk will analytically reflect on these issues and pose some solutions.
About the speaker:
Ellis is the past editor of the journal Communication Theory and the author of numerous books and articles including Crafting Society: Ethnicity, Class, and Communication Theory, as well as the recent Transforming Conflict: Communication Approaches to Ethnopolitical Conflict.