Harvard Negotiation Law Review Symposium: “Political Dialogue and Civility in an Age of Polarization”

Event Date: Saturday March 1, 2014
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Location: Austin Hall, Harvard Law School Campus

PON is pleased to co-sponsor the 2014 Harvard Negotiation Law Review symposium:

Political Dialogue and Civility in an Age of Polarization

Saturday, March 1, 2014
9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Austin Hall, Harvard Law School Campus
Free and open to the public. Registration is highly recommended.


Signs of polarization and the damage it causes are painfully evident in political and civic life and impede a more thoughtful and productive national dialogue. Policy makers, lawyers, and scholars will discuss the ways in which negotiation, mediation, and other dispute resolution skills can improve the quality of our civic engagement and, ultimately, our political system.

Specifically, the conference will focus on applying ADR principles to overcome the polarization rampant in today’s politics. Panels will discuss both theoretical and practical frameworks, with a focus on dispute resolution strategies that have successfully resolved domestic and international policy issues in the recent past.

The keynote speaker will be Krista Tippett, host and producer of the award winning public radio program “On Being”, an hour-long weekly radio show focused on conversations about “religion, meaning, ethics, and ideas.” Ms. Tippet is also the author of two books, Einstein’s God (2010) and Speaking of Faith (2007).

Panelists will include:

  • Peter Ambler, Founder, Strategy Director at Americans for Responsible Solutions
    and Special Adviser at the U.S. Department of Energy
  • Tom Bonier, Co-Founder and Partner at Clarity Campaign Labs
  • Robert Bordone, Founding Director of the Harvard Negotiation and Mediation Clinical Program, and a member of the Executive Committee of the Program on Negotiation
  • Jim Flug, whose long political career included an appointment as Chief Counsel to Senator Ted Kennedy.
  • Carolyn Lukensmeyer, founder of AmericaSpeaks and Consultant to the White House Chief of Staff during the Clinton administration.
  • Michael Ostrolenk, National Director of the Liberty Coalition

A detailed schedule for the symposium is available online here.

For more information, please visit HNLR’s website.


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