Event Date: Monday November 17, 2014
Time: 4:00 - 5:30 PM
Location: Room K-262, CGIS Knafel Building, Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, 1737 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA

The Herbert C. Kelman Seminar on International Conflict Analysis and Resolution is pleased to present:

Can Dignity Play a Role in US/Cuba Reconciliation?


Elaine Díaz Rodríguez

Professor of Journalism at Havana University, Cuba
Nieman Fellow


Donna Hicks

Associate at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs,
Harvard University


Monday, November 17th, 2014

4:00 – 5:30 PM

Room K-262, CGIS Knafel Building
Weatherhead Center for International Affairs
1737 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA

About the speakers:

Elaine Díaz Rodríguez is a Cuban blogger, journalist and professor at the University of Havana where she teaches courses focusing on: digital journalism, communication, technology and society; and alternative journalism on the web. She has written about digital communication, technology infrastructure and the digital divide for Cuban and international outlets. From 2010 to 2012, Rodríguez worked as part of the local government of her municipality. In 2012, she took part in the Rio de Janeiro Human Rights & Technology Conference, along with entrepreneurs, executives, engineers, policy analysts, government representatives, human rights advocates and technologists. Rodríguez examined how the ICT industry can better plan for and manage the human rights implications of their technologies. She completed an MA in communications in 2014 at the University of Havana. She studied the current state of the Cuban blogosphere and its possibilities to promote processes of public deliberation and consensus-building.

Donna Hicks is an Associate at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs. She has been involved in numerous unofficial diplomatic conflict resolution efforts including projects in the Middle East, Sri Lanka, Cambodia, Colombia, Cuba, and Northern Ireland.  She was a consultant to the BBC where she co-facilitated a television series, Facing the Truth, with Archbishop Desmond Tutu, which aired in the United Kingdom and on BBC World in 2007.  In addition to teaching conflict resolution at Harvard, Clark and Columbia Universities, Dr. Hicks conducts training seminars in the Dignity Model, a human-centered approach to rebuilding conflict relationships, in the US and abroad.  She is the author of the book, Dignity:  The Essential Role it Plays in Resolving Conflict, published in 2011 by Yale University Press.

About the Herbert C. Kelman Seminar Series: 

The 2013-2014 Herbert C. Kelman Seminar on International Conflict Analysis and Resolution series is sponsored by the Program on Negotiation, the Nieman Foundation for Journalism, the Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics, and Public PolicyThe Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Beyond Conflict, and Boston area members of the Alliance for Peacebuilding. The theme for this year’s Kelman Seminar is “Negotiation, Conflict and the News Media”.

For more information, contact Donna Hicks at dhicks@wcfia.harvard.edu.


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