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Peacebuilding through Dialogue

Education, Human Transformation, and Conflict Resolution
Edited by Peter N. Stearns

BUY Paper · 240 pp. · 6 × 9 · ISBN 9781942695110 · $35.00 · Jan 2019
BUY Ebook · 240 pp. · ISBN 9781942695127 · $35.00 · Jan 2019

This volume examines the many dimensions of dialogue as a key driver of peaceful personal and social change. While most people agree on the value of dialogue, few delve into its meaning or consider its full range. The essays collected here consider dialogue in the context of teaching and learning, personal and interpersonal growth, and in conflict resolution and other situations of great change. Through these three themes, contributors from a wide variety of perspectives consider the different forms dialogue takes, the goals of the various forms, and which forms have been most successful or most challenging. With its expansive approach, the book makes an original contribution to peace studies, civic studies, education studies, organizational studies, conflict resolution studies, and dignity studies.

Contributors: Susan H. Allen, George Mason University * Monisha Bajaj, University of San Francisco * Andrea Bartoli, Seton Hall University * Meenakshi Chhabra, Lesley University * Steven D. Cohen, Tufts University * Charles Gardner, Community of Sant’Egidio * Mark Farr, The Sustained Dialogue Institute * William Gaudelli, Teachers College, Columbia University * Jason Goulah, DePaul University * Donna Hicks, Harvard University * Bernice Lerner, Hebrew College * Ceasar L. McDowell, MIT * Gonzalo Obelleiro, DePaul University * Bradley Siegel, Teachers College, Columbia University * Olivier Urbain, Min-On Music Research Institute * Ion Vlad, University of San Francisco

Distributed for George Mason University Press and published in collaboration with the Ikeda Center for Peace, Learning, and Dialogue


This vibrant, insightful volume sheds new light on dialogue processes that serve as the DNA of peacebuilding and help bridge the chasms of deeply divided societies. The book is especially groundbreaking in its focus on the links between "inner peace," including dynamics such as compassion and dignity, and broad social change. It is this constant interplay between transformation of the self and transformation of society that gives dialogue its tensile strength, and the authors capture these dynamics compellingly. In an increasingly polarized world, this book offers hope, and a reflection on how we can change society, and ourselves.  

Melanie Greenberg, former Chief Executive Officer of the Alliance for Peacebuilding, and current Managing Director for Peacebuilding of Humanity United

This set of chapters on the use of dialogue in peacebuilding is powerfully informative and beautifully written. Engaging in dialogue is challenging work, and this fine book provides substantial help.

Nel Noddings, Lee L. Jacks Professor of Education, Emerita, at Stanford University, and author, , Stanford University, author of Caring: A Feminine Approach to Ethics and Moral Education and Peace Education: How We Come to Love and Hate War

This book takes the reader through its thirteen chapters with a comprehensive look at the concept of dialogue, with the basic treatise being that the complexities of dialogue can, in a human and value-oriented framework, form the basis of transformation, intra-personally, interpersonally and globally.... The reader is reminded that true dialogue differs from conversation, as it goes much deeper, requires much more empathy, as well as an intense "other" focus.

Peace Review

About the Author(s): 

Peter N. Stearns is University Professor of World History and the Provost Emeritus of George Mason University. He has written or edited more than 135 books, including Peace in World History and World History: The Basics.

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