Dialog, Coexistence and Power in Arab-Jewish Schools


Thursday, October 16, 2014 - 01:00


David E. Matz
David E. Matz
Room 423 Tobin Hall
Refreshments will be served

There are only a few schools in Israel that intentionally bring together Arabs and Jews and teach a curriculum that reflects their joint presence in class. David Matz will discuss some of the issues raised by this arrangement, and some of the ways which the schools use to deal with them.

David E. Matz is Professor, founder and former director of the Department of Conflict Resolution, Human Security, and Global Governance; McCormack Graduate School, University of Massachusetts Boston. He is also an active dispute intervener. Professor Matz has focused his work on the techniques of mediation and negotiation and on the relationship of these to the workings of organizations and courts. In the United States, he has led in the development and use of assessment tools for court mediators and trained mediators, judges, and engineers. In Israel, he was central in developing policies and practices for the Israeli Ministry of Justice and Supreme Court in integrating mediation into the judicial system. He has also studied these approaches to the peace talks between the Israelis and the Palestinians and he has worked extensively with Arab and Jewish groups, here and abroad. More recently, he has begun work with courts and law schools in China and Nigeria.