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From Conflict to Peace – Lessons of Diplomacy from other Nations

A Jonathan Samen Hot Buttons, Cool Conversations Discussion Series event

Leventhal-Sidman JCC, Tuesday, October 21 (7:30pm)

A night of critical reflection with NPR’s On Point host Tom Ashbrook. Given the current political climate in Israel, can models of diplomacy from places like Northern Ireland and South Africa help light a way forward?  Can the legacies of nations once beleaguered by genocide, tribal warfare, apartheid and oppression point a path to a lasting peace and a future of shared progress and development?
Three esteemed panelists impart their wisdom about what we can learn from memory, truth and reconciliation: 

Dr. Fran Buntman grew up in South Africa. She teaches in the areas of criminal justice, punishment, and law in the Sociology Department at George Washington University. She is also the director of the school’s interdisciplinary Law and Society minor. Her publications include Robben Island and Prisoner Resistance to Apartheid (2003) and Therapeutic jurisprudence, apartheid's victims, and the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission (2011). Her current research projects examine the relationships between forgiveness and reconciliation and between destruction and resistance.

Dr. Francis Costello is a native of the U.S. who has lived and worked in Belfast for the past 15 years. He is a business consultant who focuses on economic development and building partnerships. He served in the U.S. Government during the Clinton Administration and as Chief of Staff to Rep. Joseph Kennedy. Dr. Costello holds a doctorate in Irish Studies from Boston College. He is the author of three books of Irish interest, including The Irish Revolution and the Aftermath

Zen Master Bernie Glassman is a world-renowned pioneer in the American Zen Movement. He is a spiritual leader, published author, accomplished academic and successful businessman with a PhD in Applied Mathematics. He is the founder of the Zen Peacemakers and a founding board member of the Social Ventures Network, a network of businesses committed to social change. He is a co-author of Bearing Witness: A Zen Masters Lessons in Making Peace.
Tom Ashbrook, moderator (pictured), is the award-winning host of National Public Radio’s On Point, produced by WBUR Boston. He previously served as an editor at The Boston Globe and as a foreign correspondent based in India, Hong Kong and Japan.

Thought provoking topics are at the heart of the The Jonathan Samen Hot Buttons, Cool Conversations Discussion Series, now in its fourth year. Nationally known scholars and luminaries discuss hot issues, ask questions and add to the conversation on topical issues viewed through a Jewish lens. The series is named in memory of and in honor of Jonathan Samen, past chair of the JCC Governing Board whose legacy of leadership includes his unique ability to bring together people from different sides of an issue to work together to achieve positive results. 

The Jonathan Samen Hot Buttons, Cool Conversations Discussion Series is underwritten by generous donor support.