Heller Documentary Film and Discussion Series presents, “Promises”

April 27th, 2012
Heller Documentary Film and Discussion Series presents, “Promises”
Friday, April 27th
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm in G-3, the Heller School
Seven Jewish and Palestinian children filmed between the years 1995 and 1998 are put in touch with each other in this alternative look at the Jewish-Palestinian conflict. These seven children tell their own story about growing up in Jerusalem. Through this portrait of their generation, we see how deep rooted the conflict is. When the protagonists speak out in an epilogue a couple of years later, it becomes apparent that all have lost their childlike innocence.
Preventing Electoral Violence:  The Role of the State, Civil Society and
the International Community
Wednesday, May 2, 2012
12:00 pm – 3:00 pm in Rappaporte Treasure Hall, Brandeis Campus
Hosted by the Justice, Peace and Conflict Working Group of the Heller School in conjunction with the Master’s Programs in Coexistence and Conflict, this symposium will focus on the roles of different stakeholders at the local, national and international levels in achieving non-violent elections. The objective will be to define and establish best electoral practices conducive to the promotion of peaceful coexistence, justice, and democracy. Speakers and practitioners will share insights and experiences on the electoral process and practices, highlighting lessons-learned and existing challenges. Discussion of recent cases, including Kenya, DRC, Senegal, and Myanmar, among others, will evaluate new developments, success stories, and failures in the prevention of electoral violence.

NATO Videoconference:  “The Road to the Chicago Summit: The NATO Alliance in the 21st Century?” hosted by Antonella Cerasino

Friday, May 4th
9:00 am – 11:00 am in Room 147
(RSVP to Anne Gudaitis as space is extremely limited)
In the lead up to the Chicago Summit, NATO is launching the NATO Connect program—a series of video conferences with American universities and NATO officials to discuss Summit priorities. Brandeis is pleased to be participating and invites you to join this frank dialogue about security challenges facing the Alliance. The conference will last 60 minutes and include a 15-20 minute introduction by a NATO official, followed by an open discussion period with students. On
May 20 – 21, 2012, leaders from all NATO member countries, as well as from many of its partners, will gather at the Chicago Summit. This event will provide a forum for NATO leaders to assess efforts to address security challenges and demonstrate the importance and strength of the transatlantic bond. Antonella Cerasino is the Head of NATO Countries Section, Public Diplomacy Division.
“Excellent Conflict Resolution Skills Make Excellent Street Cops”
presented by Dr. Christopher Cooper
Monday, May 7th
12:15 pm – 1:45 pm in Room G-1
A street cop’s toolbox must include conflict resolution skills.  In large American cities in particular, police officers assigned to patrol duties benefit when they possess the social and conflict resolution skills needed to stop and solve crimes, calm brawls, and to engender good police-community relations.  Dr. Cooper is a conflict resolution expert and lawyer who specializes in use of mediation in police-community relations. A New York City native, Dr. Cooper has been a Washington D.C. (Metropolitan) Police Officer, a United States Marine Sergeant and currently a Civil Rights attorney based in Chicago.
“The Unconscious Motivations for War:  All For One and One For All”
presented by Dr. Ron Aviram
Tuesday, May 8th
12:00 pm – 2:00 pm in Room G-4
Intergroup conflict is a continuous human problem.  How is war dependent upon the psychological relationship of the individual with large groups in society (Nations)?  How do unconscious processes associated with group belonging influence behavior?  A contemporary psychoanalytic understanding of the relationship between the person and the large group will be discussed.  Our ability to understand the psychological processes that are associated with human destructiveness may help us find novel approaches to minimize the potential for war.Dr. Aviram is a licensed clinical psychologist and certified psychoanalyst and maintains a private practice in New York City.  He is an Instructor in Clinical Psychology (in Psychiatry) at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and a supervisor of psychotherapy at New York Presbyterian Hospital and the clinical psychology graduate program at Pace University.