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Dispute Resolution and Reconciliation Conversation Series

The Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution debuted an exciting new "Conversation" series on November 14, 2011, at the School of Law as part of their 25th anniversary celebration. 

The following are video compilations of Conversations to date.

Conversation with Desmond Tutu


The chair of the Truth & Reconciliation Commission (TRC), Archbishop Tutu, has said that "there can be no future without forgiveness." Tutu and others have sought to apply the lessons of the South African experience to promote understanding, forgiveness and reconciliation in Rwanda, the Solomon Islands, and nations and communities around the globe.  A Conversation with Desmond Tutu was taped at the time that Archbishop Emeritus Desmond M. Tutu received the Straus Institute's Inaugural Peacemaker Award in Cape Town, South Africa, Professor Tom Stipanowich's interview with the Archbishop and his long-time colleague and biographer John Allen are captured in this short feature.

A Conversation on Forgiveness, Reconciliation and Healing

A Conversation on Forgiveness, Reconciliation and Healting: Part 1- Overcoming Apartheid

A Conversation on Forgiveness, Reconciliation and Healing: Part 2- No Future Without Forgiveness

The system of apartheid fragmented a nation and produced a culture of repression and violence that made victims of generations of South Africans. Moving beyond apartheid was—and is—a painful process facilitated by the moral leadership of Nelson Mandela, Desmond Tutu and others, the work of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, and the ongoing efforts of individuals and organizations. Professor Tom Stipanowich, academic director of the Straus Institute, sat down with Ambassador Ebrahim Rasool, South African Ambassador to the U.S.; Father Michael Lapsley, SSM, Founder of the Institute for Healing of Memories; and John Allen, Desmond Tutu biographer and former Press Officer for the South African Truth & Reconciliation Commission, documentary filmmakers Karen Hayes ("The Foolishness of God: My Forgiveness Journey with Desmond Tutu"), and Michael and Carole Wilson (Reconciliation: Mandela's Miracle) at the symposium on "Forgiveness, Reconciliation and Healing: Lessons from South Africa."; to discuss the impact of apartheid on their lives and those of others, and how South Africa overcame and began to move beyond apartheid.  Excerpts from Reconciliation: Mandela's Miracle, and The Foolishness of God: My Forgiveness Journey with Desmond Tutu highlight a conversation about the opportunities and challenges for those seeking to promote forgiveness and reconciliation for individuals and communities. 



 A Conversation with Ken Feinberg featured one of the best-known figures in the field of alternative dispute resolution in a ninety-minute interview conducted by Straus Institute academic director and William H. Webster Chair Tom Stipanowich. The interview focused on Feinberg's early involvement as special master mediating the Agent Orange cases and other mass tort claims, his role as special master of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund and his current oversight of the Gulf Oil Spill Fund. "Ken Feinberg was the ideal person with whom to start the series," says Stipanowich. "His presence here at Pepperdine last week was a boon for our students, faculty, alumni, and colleagues in the dispute resolution community." Over 300 students and outside guests were present for the interview and reception that followed. The interview was recorded and will soon be posted on the Straus website. In addition, Feinberg gave lunch addresses to both the faculty and students.