Welcome to the Center for Conflict Management!
Please take a moment to browse through our undergraduate and graduate programs, get scheduling information needed to sign up for the core course next semester, meet our faculty mentors, and start on an exciting journey where you will learn to better prevent, resolve, or reduce the harms associated with the conflicts in our lives--from interpersonal to international.
Want to learn more about the CCM Community?
Let's get a coffee sometime. If you have any questions about conflict management or about how to succeed in college or about politics, please contact me anytime by phone or email or catching me in my office. Before we meet, please review our programs and expectations and fill out our one-page application form
Here is my contact information...I look forward to working with you.
Bill Lyons, Director
Learn to Reframe Racial Conflict
We have certificates in racial and in gender conflict. This coursework (and partnerships where we apply the insights from these courses, like the Color Line Project) will help you better understand the nature of these complex and hurtful conflicts...
...and among the skills you will learn is to reframe conflicts. The youtube video next to this message provides a powerful three-minute introduction to reframing racial conflict that we enthusiastically recommend...Or this one...
Or, check out the wide variety of materials provided in our Food for Thought section.
You can also read papers written by CCM students published in our Transdisciplinary Journal of Conflict Management.
Consider the idea of 'emotional correctness' and how our political discourse might improve if we focused on this instead of political correctness.
In the TED talk to the right the speaker argues that 'political persuasion does not begin with ideas and facts or data. It begins with being emotionally correct. We cannot get anyone to agree with us if we can't get them to listen.' Instead of spending time on the treadmill talking past each other, we need to learn to 'talk through our disagreements,' by putting ourselves in our opponent's shoes to see if we might be able to (as Getting to Yes puts it) invent (new) options for mutual gain.
Jesus calls this learning to 'love our neighbors as ourselves.' Gandhi calls it honoring our opponents perspective and when the Dalia Lama says 'my religion is kindness' he is reinforcing the same idea.
Another TED Talk worth listening to...only six minutes...I recommend you check it out.
"Our challenge is to find the compassion for others that we want them to have for us. That is emotional correctness."