Monthly Archives: December 2013

Cultivating a Consciousness of Mindful Living

Click here to listen to this episode of ICERM Radio.  

“Mindful Giving: Giving out of love, not out of duty”  with Dr. Ani Kalayjian.

Host: Tziporah Pronman.

Date: Monday, December 30, 2013 at 8 pm in ET, New York.

“If instead of a gem, or even a flower, we should cast the gift of a loving thought into the heart of a friend,  that would be giving as the angels give.” – George Macdonald.

Dr. Ani Kalayjian is a psychology professor, American Board Certified Expert in Traumatic Stress, logotherapeutic psychotherapist, traumatologist, Genocide Scholar, conflict resolution expert, researcher, community organizer, and international consultant.

Dr. Ani Kalayjian is a psychology professor, American Board Certified Expert in Traumatic Stress, logotherapeutic psychotherapist, traumatologist, Genocide Scholar, conflict resolution expert, researcher, community organizer, and international consultant.

Dr. Ani Kalayjian is a psychology professor, American Board Certified Expert in Traumatic Stress, logotherapeutic psychotherapist, traumatologist, Genocide Scholar, conflict resolution expert, researcher, community organizer, and international consultant. She is the recipient of the Honorary Doctor of Science Degree from her Alma Mate, Long Island University in NYC. She has over twenty years of experience in disaster management, mass-trauma interventions & conflict resolution; twenty years of university teaching experience (both grad. & undergrad levels) and she has been psychotherapist in practice in both NY/NJ for 25 yrs. She was awarded: the Outstanding Alumni of the year Award from Teachers College, Columbia University (2007); the Honorary Human Rights Award by ANA (2010), as well as elected a Fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine (2010). Currently she is teaching a special graduate course on Forgiveness: Clinical, self, familial, social and peace perspectives at Teachers College, Columbia University.

More information about Dr. Ani Kalayjian is found on this website: www.meaningfulworld.com.

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Living Together in Mutual Respect and Dignity: The Legacies of Nelson Madiba Mandela

Living Together in Mutual Respect and Dignity: The Legacies of Nelson Madiba Mandela

Greetings and Happy Holidays!

This holiday season is a period when families, friends and acquaintances come together to celebrate. We, at the International Center for Ethno-Religious Mediation, also wish to come together to listen to, talk with, learn from, understand and share with one another. We thank you for all the contributions you made to ICERM this year.

Recently, one of the heroes of the 21st century, Nelson Madiba Mandela died, and the whole world gathered together to celebrate his legacies. A true symbol of interracial, interethnic and interreligious mediation, dialogue and peace, Nelson Madiba Mandela has taught us that in order to stop war and violence, we must learn to live together in mutual respect and dignity. Madiba’s message is an essential part of the mission of the International Center for Ethno-Religious Mediation.

We, like Madiba, have resolved to promote a culture of peace among ethnic and religious groups through research, education and training, expert consultation, dialogue and mediation, and rapidly implementable projects. We are committed to creating a new world characterized by peace, irrespective of cultural, ethnic and religious differences. We strongly believe that the use of mediation and dialogue in preventing and resolving ethnic and religious conflicts in countries around the world is the key to creating sustainable peace.

As part of our efforts to mobilize and engage the people who have shown interest in our mission and the quest for a peaceful world, we have initiated the Living Together Movement network. I therefore invite you to join by registering here.

Living Together Movement, a project of the International Center for Ethno-Religious Mediation, is a new civic movement made up of peace-driven individuals who recognize the same humanity in all peoples, and are passionate about bridging the gap between different races, ethnicities, religions, political views, genders, generations and nationalities, in order to increase respect, tolerance, acceptance, understanding and harmony in the world. 

We come together every month to listen to, talk with, learn from, understand and share with one another. Each member enriches the group with a unique story and cultural background. Everyone is given an equal opportunity to talk about his or her cultural background and feelings, or any topics of interest, including but not limited to security issues, politics, policies, war, conflict, conflict resolution, human dignity, forgiveness, foreign relations, world peace, economy, education, employment, family, health, immigration, science and technology.

We practice empathic listening, and do not judge or criticize anyone. Our goal is to truly understand the other before seeking to be understood; and to focus on what the other person is saying rather than what we are going to say next.

We celebrate our diversity in a symbolic manner with the traditional arts, songs, food and drinks that our members bring to the living together meeting.

Within a short time, we expect to experience the multiplication effect of this movement, and the formation of the Living Together Movement groups will increase and spread across cities, states and nations. 
 
Please register today by going to this page. Don’t worry if you can’t attend the in-person group meetings as a result of distance. Just register. At the interim, we shall organize online programs on our radio network. Most importantly, we hope new groups will be formed in your city as the movement grows. 
 
Also invite your friends and colleagues to join, and spread the word.
                    

JOURNAL OF LIVING TOGETHER: PAPER SUBMISSION DEADLINE EXTENDED

Journal of Living Together: Paper Submission Deadline Extended

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The International Center for Ethno-Religious Mediation wishes to thank all those who have sent in their papers/materials to be published in the Journal of Living Together. We are thrilled by the level of attention our CFPs has received.

As you know, the Journal of Living Together is a multi-disciplinary, scholarly journal publishing peer-reviewed articles within the fields of ethnic conflict, religious/faith-based conflict, and their methods of resolution, with emphasis on mediation and interfaith dialogue. This journal provides a forum for scholarly reflection and dialogue regarding the most important emerging issues in the fields of ethnic and religious conflicts and their resolution.

Many authors have requested that we extend the paper submission deadline to enable them write, complete and submit their papers/materials. Based on this request, we would like to inform you that the deadline for paper submission has been extended until February 28, 2014. To be considered for the spring 2014 issue, please try to submit your articles/papers before this new deadline. Remember that the theme for this issue is:

The Role of Religion and Ethnicity in Contemporary Conflict, and Related Emerging Tactics, Strategies, Methodologies, of Mediation and Resolution. 

Please note that articles/papers must be between 3,500 and 4,000 words, submitted with 300-350 word abstracts, and a biography of no more than 50 words on or before February 28, 2014.

Authors can also send their 300-350 word abstracts before submitting the articles.

We hope this offers you the opportunity to have your work, paper/article, story, organization, etc. featured in our multi-disciplinary research journal, Living Together.

For complete information about the Journal of Living Together and guidelines for paper submission, please go to this page: Journalof Living Together.

We look forward to receiving your papers/articles.

 

Editorial Committee

Journal of Living Together

International Center for Ethno-Religious Mediation 

11 W. Prospect Avenue, 3rd Floor, Mount Vernon, New York, United States

E-mail: livingtogether(at)icermediation.org

Website:  http://www.icermediation.org/

For more information about the Journal of Living Together , please visit: http://www.icermediation.org/Mediation/Daf/JournalofLivingTogether.php

Human Dignity, Humiliation and Violent Conflict

Human Dignity, Humiliation and Violent Conflict

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Human Dignity, Humiliation and Violent Conflict, a radio program hosted by ICERM Radio on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 11 am in ET New York. 

Listen to it here: Human Dignity, Humiliation and Violent Conflict

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In this episode, Dr. Evelin Lindner and Dr. Linda Hartling will draw our attention to their work on Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies (HumanDHS), a global transdisciplinary fellowship of concerned academics, practitioners, activists, artists, and others, who collaborate in a spirit of mutual support to understand the complex dynamics of dignity and humiliation. Their goal is to stimulate systemic change – globally and locally – to open space for mutual respect and esteem to take root and grow, thus ending humiliating practices and breaking cycles of humiliation while advancing dignity throughout the world.

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Evelin Lindner is the founding president of Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies (HumanDHS). Dr. Lindner has a dual education as a Medical Doctor and a Psychologist, with two Ph.D.s. (Dr. med. and Dr. psychol.). She lives and teaches globally. Among others, she is also a research fellow at the University of Oslo since 1997, affiliated with Columbia University in New York City since 2001 (with the Advanced Consortium on Cooperation, Conflict, and Complexity, AC4), and with the Maison des Sciences de l’Homme in Paris since 2003.

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Linda M. Hartling, Ph.D., is the Director of Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies (HumanDHS). Dr. Hartling is the past Associate Director of the Jean Baker Miller Training Institute (JBMTI), part of the Wellesley Centers for Women (WCW) at Wellesley College in Massachusetts, the largest women’s research center in the United States.  Dr. Hartling holds a doctoral degree in clinical/community psychology and has published papers on Relational-Cultural Theory, workplace practices, resilience, substance abuse prevention, and the psychological and social impact of humiliation.

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