The Kathryn Wasserman Davis Collaborative in Conflict Transformation (CT Collaborative) works to embed the principles and practice of conflict transformation in the full continuum of a liberal arts education, from high school through graduate school. Middlebury aims to serve as the incubator for the development of a research base, pedagogical tools, and student experiences that will reach across multiple states in the U.S. and more than 100 partner universities around the world.
The Tenryumura History Project strongly reflects the values by which the conflict transformation is based. By engaging with representatives at Tenryumura and working with them to preserve the recognition of… It also provides translation students the opportunity to engage with historical material that, through careful and accurate translation, can have a transformational impact on how we view, accept, and learn from past episodes of conflict and struggle.
What is Conflict Transformation?
Conflict is part of the human experience. Many of us hear the word conflict and think of the stress and harm of “us versus them” dynamics, what Amanda Ripley calls high conflict. This sort of conflict can destroy relationships and communities, but other forms of conflict are not just essential but desirable. As John Paul Lederach describes, conflict can be a gift. Conflict helps keep relationships and social structures honest, alive, and responsive to human needs and aspirations.
As an area of practice, conflict transformation encompasses a wide array of work, from mindfulness and interpersonal relationships to international mediation and peacebuilding.
The Kathryn Wasserman David Collaborative in Conflict Transformation seeks to learn lessons from this vast community that can be adapted to the issues and questions that are most pressing for Middlebury. The work we do—at the College, MIIS, Bread Loaf, and Schools Abroad—will help build new networks and expand our ability to transform the world around us.
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