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Volume 1, Number 1 Jan/Feb 2000

Conflict Studies 2000 Conference for Graduate Students Coming This Fall

The Dispute Resolution Program at the University of Massachusetts Boston is hosting its third biennial Conflict Studies Conference: The New Generation of Ideas on October 27 - 28, 2000. The conference is organized around three ideas: creating a community of scholars and practitioners in the emerging field of conflict resolution, providing an opportunity for students to present their work, and providing an opportunity for graduate students to explore possible careers in dispute resolution. It is a conference for and by graduate students studying conflict.

The day and a half long conference includes an opening plenary, panel discussions chaired by prominent dispute resolution scholars and professionals, a keynote address, dinner and a career expo. Previous panel chairs have included DEBORAH KOLB (Simmons College), CRAIG MCEWEN (Bowdoin College), JANET RIFKIN (UMass-Amherst), MARY ROWE (MIT), JESWALD SALACUSE (Tufts), FRANK SANDER (Harvard), and LAWRENCE SUSSKIND (MIT).

The Career Expo is held on the second day of the conference, running concurrently with the panel discussions. Dispute resolution professionals from around Boston come to talk with students about career opportunities in their fields. In 1998, professionals working in areas such as family and divorce mediation, environmental science, organizational consulting, the courts, and higher education were present.

Student participants have come from around the nation and the world. They are studying is disciplines such as religion, social science, political science, anthropology, communications, sociology, law, psychology. Additionally, student papers from each conference have been published in prominent dispute resolution journals. Following the 1996 conference, one conference paper was published in Mediation Quarterly and one was published in Negotiation Journal. Following the 1998 conference, Mediation Quarterly, published an entire issue (issue 17:1, summer 1999) devoted to papers from the Conference.

Abstracts are due March 15, 2000
. For more information or the Call for Proposals, please contact us 617.287.7421 or Conference information is also available on our web page at UMass Boston.
Submitted by AMY REBECCA GAY, Assistant Director, Graduate Programs in Dispute Resolution at University of Massachusetts - Boston
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