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"Dignity: The Essential Role it Plays in Resolving Conflict"
Donna Hicks, Associate at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs
Harvard University

Wednesday, April 17th, 12:15 pm in Heller, Room G3

For the past ten years, I have been using a dignity lens to understand conflict.  The psychological experience of having one’s dignity assaulted is one of the most demeaning experiences human beings can endure.  While it is one of the major contributors to intractability in many of the world’s deadly conflicts, little attention has been given to the significant role dignity plays in them.  I will explore how this emotionally charged experience of violation to dignity destroys empathy and justifies unthinkable behaviors, including dehumanization. Read her bio here and download the poster here.

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