Tranquility | Community | Resolution
Wednesday, October 23, 2019
5:30 p.m. | Levan Center
What makes Karuna Center and this training guide different from a large number of other organizations working in similar areas, and many other training manuals, is that Karuna Center combines the insights and wisdom of psychology, sociology, and politics in a holistic fashion. This approach generates respectful and effective dialogue, reconciliation, and collaborative problem solving between warring parties. Green invites the reader into the philosophy behind peacebuilding efforts, sharing the details of workshop designs, the countries in which Karuna Center has taught them, and useful materials for the tasks of teaching and learning. The tools for peacebuilding need to be disseminated widely, so that skills for transforming conflict can be taught worldwide to current and future generations.
Dr. Paula Green is the founder, former Executive Director, and now Senior Fellow of Karuna Center for Peacebuilding.
She also serves as Professor of Conflict Transformation at the School for International Training, where she founded and directs CONTACT (Conflict Transformation Across Cultures), an annual peacebuilding institute and graduate certificate program for peacemakers from around the world. She directed, designed, and implemented multi-year programs in peacebuilding, inter-communal dialogue, and reconciliation for diverse stakeholders for the first 15 years of the organization’s existence.
Green has extensive international experience in peacebuilding and conflict transformation as an international consultant, and brings a sense of social responsibility and spiritual awareness to her work as a psychologist, educator and leader in the peacebuilding field.
The Bakersfield College Distinguished Speakers Series brings community leaders from around the world to Bakersfield whose achievements have had national and/or international significance.