2, Number 3, May 2002
Fraser University Opens Dialogue Facility
mediation has become a popular method of conflict
management on campus, other valuable forms of
dispute resolution lack recognition. One university
found a creative way to give attention to dialogue.
Simon Fraser University
recently opened the Moriss
J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue. The Dialogue
Centre (pictured below) is an international conference
center located in Vancouver's waterfront business
district, directly across the street from Harbour
Centre, Simon Fraser University's downtown campus.
Generous donations by Morris J. Wosk led to the
establishment of the Centre.
shared understanding and learning,
the whole becomes greater than the sum of
allows individuals to participate in non-hierarchical,
non-judgemental thinking and learning. According
to Jack Blaney, former President of Simon
Wosk Centre for Dialogue is more than a
conference center. It is founded on the
idea that dialogue, people meeting to deepen
understanding and seek common ground, is
essential to the future of our society.
The health and wealth of our community will,
in large measure, depend on our skill in
Dialogue Centre provides 16,000 square feet of
meeting and function space, with institutional
and support services designed and dedicated to
foster understanding and positive action. The
Centre can meet the needs of groups ranging from
6 to 200 people. Personnel support includes language
interpretators, meeting planners, delegates, event
coordinators, program planners, facilitators and
caterers. Technological support includes internet
access, audio and video conferencing, satellite
services, 100 Mbps and network services, multi-media
presentations tools, direct media hookups with
press and truck feeds, boack-out drapery, TV and
theatrical lighting, a conference polling and
audience response system and group decision-making
software. The Centre's website provides a virtual
tour of the facilities.
project of Campus Conflict Resolution
Supported by a FIPSE grant from the US Department of Education
and seed money from the Hewlett Foundation-funded CRInfo
to CMHE Report
(Attn: Bill Warters)
Campus Conflict Resolution Resources Project
Department of Communication
585 Manoogian Hall
Wayne State University
Detroit, MI 48201.
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