the Legacies of Conflict, War and Genocide through Dialogue"
The Passionist Center
in Riverdale, N.Y.
about our Presenters:
Brown and Helga Mueller, founding members of One by One, Inc.
- Helga the daughter of a Gestapo chief, and Zella the daughter
of two concentration camp Survivors, will participate in Wednesday
- Karen Baldner,
MFA - visual
artist and child of parents who survived the Shoah. She is working
on a collaborative dialogue project with Bjorn Krondorfer. Both were
born in Germany and are now living in the United States. Karen lives
in the midwest. Their dialogue on Jewish-German issues and specifically
their different family biographies, uses the language of the visual
arts as a means of communicating.
- David Blair,
M.A., Karuna Center Board President - The Karuna Center for Peacebuilding:
A U.S. based NGO founded by Dr. Paula Green that offers international
training programs in conflict transformation, intercommunal dialogue
and reconciliation. David Blair, teacher and trainer, chairs the board
of the Karuna Center for Peacebuilding and has worked with Karuna
in Bosnia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Sri Lanka, Ukraine and Senegal. He knows
One by One from a Karuna workshop in Bosnia. Karuna will participate
on Monday evening's panel and lead a workshop on Tuesday.
- Patricia Clark
Pat Clark is currently a program associate with the Center for Policy,
Planning and Performance in St. Paul, MN. She is the former Executive
Director for the Fellowship of Reconciliation, (FOR) an interfaith
and international movement advocating for peace, justice and nonviolence.
Prior to coming to work with FOR she worked with the American Friends
Service Committee for eight years as their National Criminal justice
representative. From 1985-1990 Pat worked with the Southern Poverty
Law Center, eventually becoming the director of the Klanwatch Project
where she and her staff monitored the activities of the Ku Klux Klan
and other white supremacist organizations. She has served as a major
spokesperson for Klanwatch and the Southern Poverty Law Center. In
2004, Pat was appointed to the Greensboro Truth and Reconciliation
Commission which issued its report in June of this year.
Cohen, M.A., M.S.W., Compassionate Listening Project
- a non-profit organization, dedicated to teaching skills to heal
polarization, cultivate healthy relationships, and build bridges
between people, communities and nations in conflict. Their work
has grown out of 15 years of conflict resolution and reconciliation
work on the ground in Israel and Palestine. Andrea is a communication
consultant who has been involved with the Compassionate Listening
Project since 1997. An award-winning video scriptwriter and producer,
she directed the film Children of Abraham, which followed the journey
of 22 Jewish Americans on the first all-Jewish Compassionate Listening
missions to the Middle East. Since then, she has facilitated Compassionate
Listening workshops here and abroad and is co-director of the Jewish-German
Reconciliation Project. She has also been instrumental in integrating
the concepts of Compassionate Listening into community dialogue
event. Andrea will participate on Monday evening's panel and will
conduct a workshop on Wednesday.
Booth Cohen, MBA, MA in Psychology, Sophia Kramer, Ph.D. - Family
Constellation facilitators will lead a Constellation on Wednesday
at the conference. Best known as a Systemic Constellation, this
gentle, nearly-silent process reveals a hidden solution to chronic
emotional, physical or relationship conflicts and is based on the
systemic, phenomonological work of Bert Hellinger.
Cyr , Rational Games, Inc. - a consulting and training firm
specializing in the 'communicatively rational' technique of conflict
management, mediation and negotiation. Ray Cyr will participate
in Monday evening's panel.
Dieter - descendant of a German Navy officer and Zella Brown,
descendant of Holocaust Survivors will lead a storytelling workshop.
Through their compelling and transformational presentations, Zella
and Marga, One by One, Inc. members, show us the way to conflict
resolution in their and our own lives and will lead a storytelling
workshop on Thursday.
Emme, Ph.D. and Rosalie Gerut, M.A., founding members of One
by One, Inc. will open the conference on Monday with a presentation
of One by One's dialogue model that has been shaped over
10 years. The focus will be on how the dialogue groups help to promote
Hilliard, Ph.D. - Professor, Media scholar and author from Emerson
College who will lead a workshop on Wednesday entitled "Media
and Genocide, from the Holocaust to Now."
Miki Jacevic, Ph.D. candidate - human rights activist
and peace program specialist from Sarajevo, Bosnia Hercegovina
will participate in Wednesday evening's panel and conduct a workshop
on Wednesday or Thursday. Miki Jacevic is a senior policy officer
of The Initiative for Inclusive Security, where he is responsible
for overseeing policy efforts aimed at including women in formal
and informal peace processes.
Kalayjian, Ed.D.,RN - Trauma expert, educator, director and
author, Kalayjian has been on her journey of healing through forgiveness
and meaning. She has devoted her life to bringing healing to those
who have survived the devastation of disaster, whether man-made
or natural. Anie and Marian Weisberg will lead a Forgiveness
workshop on Tuesday. Marian Weisberg, L.C.S.W., is a
daughter of Jewish Holocaust survivors, and a One by One member.
She has worked as an interviewer for the Shoah project and works
in private practice as a psychotherpist in New York City. Together
with Anie she has written an article on trauma transmitted to second
and third generation Armenian survivors.
Medina/Christina Braidotti, Ph.D. candidate - One by One Members
will lead a workshop entitled "Latin American Perspectives."
Irene Jaievsky, former curator of the Museo del Holocausto
in Buenos Aires, Argentina, will share her public speaking experiences
there as well as the initial stages and future plans of Latin America's
only Holocaust museum. Argentinian artist, Patricia Krasbuch,
will explain how she links the two worlds, the one above and the
one below,and the metaphorical qualities of her art works.
Moulds, Ph.D - Psychologist, Professor of Psychosocial Peace
building, UN sponsored Facilitator of ongoing Dialogue groups in
Pakistan/India will participate in Monday evening's panel and
offer a workshop on Tuesday.
Piatka - Actor, playwright, artist, workshop leader, child of
Survivors will lead an experiential workshop entitled "Moving
On, Moving Up!" on Thursday in which she explores turning
the burden of the past into a gift for the future.
Brita Schecker, Ed.D, Founding member of One by One, Inc., psychotherapist
in private practice with a focus on mindfulness -based therapy,
Integrative Breathwork, and EMDR. Suzanne was a professor of Child
Development at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst and has
worked as a Guardian ad Litem for many years with children overcoming
the traumatic affects of war, sexual, and physical abuse, and the
loss of their community and biological families. Joyce Reilly,
was trained as a Psychosynthesis therapist, and a Waldorf Curative
teacher, and administrator. She has had a life long interest in
trauma and the lives of children, and in community as a tool for
healing. The founder of Gheel House, an alternative Therapeutic
Community in PA, and of the Logos Foundation (with Georg Kuhlewind),
dedicated to children affected by war, poverty, and modern life,
Joyce is also committed to dialogue as a way of peace building.
Together, Suzanne and Joyce completed a Certificate program in psychosocial
peace building at the School for International Training in Brattleboro,
Vermont will present a workshop that addresses the psychological
affect of war on children.
Sebarenzi, Ph.D. candidate - keynote speaker will also participate
in Wednesday evening's panel.
- Claudia von
Alemann, German Filmmaker - von Alemann will show her film SHADOWS
OF MEMORY on Thursday. In an effort to reconcile an unsettling
past, the filmmaker, her 84-year-old mother, and her 17-year-old daughter
reunite in the small East German village from which their family fled
to the West. The film reveals the point of view of an average German
citizen, a housewife and mother of six, who believed in Hitler, but
later radically changed her views.
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