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"Living Peacefully in a Time of Turmoil," a scholarly discussion

15 April 2003

ATTENTION: Assignment, War and Calendar Editors

Contact: Carol Hyman
(510) 643-7944 cph@pa.urel.berkeley.edu

"Living Peacefully in a Time of Turmoil," a public discussion at the University of California, Berkeley, by renowned scholars. This discussion, about uncertainty, resilience and compassion in the face of conflict, is free and open to the public.

Monday, April 21, 7-9 p.m.

Evans Hall, Room 10, UC Berkeley.
(The hall is due north of the Campanile, at the east end of the large grassy area known as Memorial Glade [map]).

The discussion will be led by:

  • James Donohue, president and professor of ethics, Graduate Theological Union
  • Dacher Keltner, psychology professor and co-director of the UC Berkeley Center for the Development of Peace and Well-Being
  • Meg Zweiback, a registered nurse, associate clinical professor of nursing at UC San Francisco School of Nursing, and Parents' Press columnist.

Donohue, Keltner and Zweiback will each give a brief talk, offering broad insights on how to live peacefully in a time of turmoil. Each speaker comes from a different perspective-Donohue from a religious and ethnical perspective, Keltner from a psychological perspective, and Zweiback from her work with families and children.

"Our world has shifted in so many ways, and a lot, if not most, people are very anxious about what is going on," said Keltner. "There are a lot of conversations to have. Some are political, some emotional, and I'm hoping our discussion will be an intersection of those two realms." Keltner is hoping the leaders and audience will hear ways to help strengthen their communities in difficult times. The panelists will lead discussion around questions from the audience.

The event is being sponsored by the Center for the Development of Peace and Well-being, a new UC Berkeley research center dedicated to promoting peaceful relationships between individuals, within families and across communities.