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Managing Diversity in Divided Societies: Creative Expressions of Diversity and Peace
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1/30/2014 to 1/31/2014
When: 1/30/2014
Where: Georgetown University
Washington, District of Columbia 
United States

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In a globalized world with increased migration and mobility, diversity has become a central issue in society and government. Differences in race, ethnicity, language, religion, gender, and sexuality have bothenriched societies and fueled tensions. In this light, conflict-affected communities encounter unique challenges to the implementation and realization ofdiversity. However, they also offer valuable perspectives and practices thatcan serve as models for other societies. We have yet to determine under which conditions diversity can be best utilized for the well-being of society rather than constituting a dividing force. Approaches by government have varied significantly between a laissez-faire policy and formal intervention utilized to foster multiculturalism or assimilation. Civil society groups have similarly struggled to bridge divides while recognizing differences. On January 30-31, 2014, researchers, practitioners, and graduate students will gather at our Washington, DC campus to explore this important topic.

This conference seeks to address this puzzle by bringing together leading researchers, practitioners, and graduate students who are engaging with issues of diversity. We hope to evoke synthesis among varying perspectives to locate best practices and identity further gaps in research.

Student participants have the opportunity to present their own research and explore creative expressions of diversity in divided societies. They will be able to learn from and network with some of the most innovative leaders in this field, from both academia and practice.

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