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Croatia and Bosnia Study Tour

Protracted Identity-Based Conflict: Ties that Bind and Divide

June 28 - July 5th, 2015




This course explores the role of ethnic, national and religious identities as both cause and products of conflict. A multidisciplinary lens will be utilized to examine the dynamics of protracted social conflicts combined with historical events, including the politics and psychology of individual and collective identity development. Special consideration will be given to the connection between violent ethnic conflict, such as war and genocide, and their influence on identity construction,
conflict engagement, rebuilding and transformation. We will visit historic sites, including a mass grave and beautiful medieval walled cities in Croatia and Bosnia, to give context to the remarkable impact and transformation from traumatic conflict experienced in these countries.


Peter Robinson is managing director of the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution and professor of law at Pepperdine University School of Law. He has presented advanced negotiation and mediation skills courses in more than 39 states and foreign countries. He has served on the boards of the Christian Conciliation Service of Los Angeles, Ventura Center for Dispute Settlement, Dispute Resolution Services of the LACBA, Southern California Mediation Association, and California Dispute Resolution Council. He is a fellow of the International Academy of Mediators and was recognized as a Southern California Super Lawyer in the area of mediation in 2006

Betty Gilmore is Director of the Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management Program at Southern Methodist University. Dr. Gilmore teaches courses in communication, psychology of conflict, neuroscience and mediation. She is the former training program director for the Center for Public Policy Dispute Resolution at the University of Texas School of Law where she provided a variety of alternative dispute resolution services including mediation, training, assessment and consultation to governmental agencies, policymakers, and others involved in public disputes. In addition, she has traveled internationally in both teaching and training capacities. 

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Cost: $2400 Room and Board plus airfare and tuition

Your $500 deposit guarantees your seat.  Please contact Randi Redman in the Dispute Resolution office for information or to submit your deposit.