Mediation Pedagogy Conference

Registration is now closed for the NP@PON Mediation Pedagogy Conference.

Professors Lawrence Susskind (MIT) and Michael Wheeler (Harvard Business School) are pleased to announce a Mediation Pedagogy Conference to be held by Negotiation Pedagogy at the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School (NP@PON). This two-day Conference will be held Friday, May 15 and Saturday, May 16, 2009, on the campus of Harvard Law School in Cambridge, Massachusetts. An optional opening reception for presenters and registered participants is scheduled for 5:30 – 7:30 pm on Thursday, May 14, at the Inn at Harvard.

The conference will bring together academics and professional trainers of mediation to discuss teaching the skills and concepts of mediation to a variety of professional and disciplinary audiences. Our goal is to question pedagogical assumptions, share our experiences, and learn from each other. While the conference is open to the public, it will be geared primarily toward those who teach mediation.

The conference will feature a distinguished group of presenters, including mediation teachers and trainers from a range of disciplines, practices, and geographical locations, as well as experts in adult teaching and learning. The conference presenters will include:

Steven J. Brams
Professor of Politics, New York University
and Chairman and Founder of the Advisory Board of Fair Outcomes, Inc.

Amy J. Cohen
Assistant Professor of Law
Moritz College of Law, The Ohio State University

Charles P. Doran
Founder, Mediator, and Trainer
Mediation Works Incorporated

Eleanor Duckworth, Ph.D.
Professor of Education
Harvard Graduate School of Education

John Forester
Department of City & Regional Planning, Cornell University

David Hoffman
John H. Watson, Jr. Lecturer on Law
Harvard Law School

Sanda Kaufman
Professor, Director, Master of Environmental Studies Program
Department of Urban Studies, Cleveland State University (Ohio)

Deborah Kolb
Deloitte Ellen Gabriel Professor for Women and Leadership
Simmons College

Ran Kuttner
Assistant Professor
Werner Institute for Negotiation & Dispute Resolution, Creighton University

Michelle LeBaron
Professor of Law
Director, UBC Program on Dispute Resolution

Lela Love
Professor of Law, Director, Kukin Program for Conflict Resolution and the Cardozo Mediation Clinic
Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University

Brian Mandell
Senior Lecturer in Public Policy
Director, Kennedy School Negotiation Project
Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University

Melissa Manwaring
Co-Founder and Associate Director, Negotiation Pedagogy@the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School
Lecturer, F.W. Olin School of Business, Babson College

Janet Martinez
Director, Gould Negotiation & Mediation Program
Stanford Law School

David E. Matz
Founder and Director of the Graduate Programs in Dispute Resolution
University of Massachusetts Boston
Founder, Mediator, Arbitratory, and Attorney
Boston Law Collaborative LLC

Adil Najam
Director of the Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer Range Future, Professor of International Relations and Geography and the Environment, Boston University

Mario Patera
Head of the Department for Intercultural Competence at the
Faculty for Interdisciplinary Research and Continuing Education at the Alpen-Adria University of Klagenfurt

Bruce Patton
Founding Partner of Vantage Partners LLC, and a director of
Conflict Management, Inc.
Deputy Director
Harvard Negotiation Project

Susan Podziba
Principal and Public Policy Mediator
Susan Podziba & Associates

Leonard L. Riskin
Chesterfield Smith Professor of Law
University of Florida Levin College of Law

Andrea Schneider
Professor of Law
Marquette University Law School

James K. Sebenius
Gordon Donaldson Professor of Business Administration
Harvard Business School

Karen Tokarz
Charles Nagel Professor of Public Interest Law & Public Service, Professor of African & African American Studies, and Director of ADR Program
Washington University in Saint Louis
Visiting Scholar, Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School

Anthony Wanis-St. John

Assistant Professor in the International Peace and Conflict Resolution Division
American University, Washington, DC

Martha Stone Wiske, Ed.D.
Lecturer on Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education

Conference Agenda

Download the conference agenda here (pdf). Updated May 5, 2009; subject to change.

Times and Location
The workshop will run from 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. on Friday, May 15 and Saturday, May 16, 2009, on the campus of Harvard Law School, Cambridge, MA. An optional opening reception for presenters and registered participants is scheduled for 5:30 – 7:30 pm on Thursday, May 14, at the Inn at Harvard.

Registration is now closed

The registration fee for the conference is $450. Those who submit substantial teaching materials (e.g., a mediation course syllabus or detailed mediation training curriculum) for distribution to other conference participants will receive a $50 tuition discount (see below).

Tuition includes conference materials, daily continental breakfast, lunch and snacks, and an opening reception. Please note that accommodation, transportation and dinners are not included in the cost of the conference.

Your registration will be processed as it is received. You will receive an email confirmation once your registration has been processed.

Registration Deadline and Withdrawal Policy

The registration deadline is Friday, May 8, 2009 at 5 pm EST. If notice of withdrawal is received on or before Friday, May 8, 2009, at 5 pm EST there will be a $125 cancellation fee. No refunds will be issued for withdrawals after May 8, 2009.

Teaching Materials Discount

In order to qualify for the $50 teaching materials discount, please send your teaching materials when you submit your registration information. Qualified teaching materials must be (a) substantial (e.g., a course syllabus, detailed training curriculum, detailed course outline, teaching video, or equivalent); (b) tested (that is, they must represent a course or workshop that you have actually taught – not a plan for a possible future course); and (c) original (that is, you must be the author and sole copyright holder). Teaching materials should be emailed to or mailed to the address below. If you claim the teaching materials discount, your registration will not be processed until they are received. Materials will be posted on a limited-access website for conference participants.

Important: By submitting your teaching materials, you warrant that you are the author and sole copyright holder of all materials submitted, and you agree to their distribution to conference participants. Please do not submit any materials for which you are not the author and sole copyright holder, such as interactive exercises that you obtain from another source, or materials that you authored but for which you no longer hold full copyright). Of course, you may submit a syllabus or course outline that refers to non-original materials (such as role simulations or videos obtained from another source), so long as the syllabus or course outline is itself original.

Examples of qualified teaching materials include:

  • A syllabus for an academic course or course sequence that you have developed and taught, and that either focuses on mediation or includes mediation as a substantial part of the curriculum. Please indicate where and when you taught the course or sequence, and if possible include a bibliography of assigned materials and a short description of how you use the teaching exercises or materials.
  • A detailed outline for a mediation training program that you have developed and taught. Please indicate where and when you taught the program, and include a short description of how you use any original teaching exercises or materials.
  • Copies of substantial original mediation teaching materials, such as the teaching notes and participant materials for a series of interactive exercises.
  • A short video clip demonstrating how you teach mediation or present training in mediation techniques.
  • Other substantial, original mediation teaching materials that you have developed and actually used in a course, workshop, or other educational setting.

Hotel and Travel Information
A limited number of hotel rooms have been reserved for the Mediation Pedagogy Conference at The Inn at Harvard, located in the heart of Harvard Square. The conference rate for queen beds as well as rooms with two double beds is $299 per night. The Inn at Harvard is a 5-10 minute walk through historic Harvard Yard to the conference location on the Harvard Law School campus.

All rooms are available on a first come, first served basis. Please contact:

The Inn at Harvard
1201 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02138

Other hotels in Harvard Square:

Sheraton Commander Hotel (5 – 10 minute walk from conference site)
16 Garden Street
Cambridge, MA 02138

Charles Hotel (10 – 15 minute walk from conference site)
One Bennett Street
Cambridge, MA 02138

There are also several bed and breakfasts in the vicinity of Harvard Law School. As May is graduation season in Boston, it is advisable to book your rooms early.

Transportation and Parking
As parking is extremely difficult near Harvard Law School, public transportation is strongly recommended. There are no public parking lots in the vicinity, so the only parking options are expensive private lots in Harvard Square, or on-street metered parking (good for 2 hours only). However, Harvard Law School is easily reachable by subway (Red Line; Harvard Square stop), commuter rail (Fitchburg/South Acton line; Porter Square stop), or bus (see for route maps and schedules). An interactive map of Harvard and Harvard Square is available here.

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About NP@PON
Negotiation Pedagogy at the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School (NP@PON) is dedicated to improving the way people teach and learn about negotiation. Incorporating and expanding upon the historical mission of the PON Clearinghouse, NP@PON serves as PON’s intellectual focal point for negotiation education. MIT Professor Lawrence Susskind and Harvard Business School Professor Michael Wheeler co-direct NP@PON, with PON’s director of curriculum development Melissa Manwaring as assistant director.NP@PON is involved a range of activities including research, curriculum development, training, and networking among those interested in negotiation pedagogy. The formal mission of NP@PON is to:

  • Contribute to the growing field of negotiation pedagogy through research and publications;
  • Support both experienced and next-generation negotiation educators through workshops, idea exchanges, and other educator-focused events;
  • Foster connections between communities of negotiation educators and education scholars;
  • Develop and distribute teaching materials that are useful in skills-based negotiation instruction;
  • Explore and test the application of new technologies to improve teaching and learning about negotiation; and
  • Help PON reach new audiences of negotiation practitioners and students through workshops, seminars, and other educational activities.

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