In partnership with Beyond Conflict, a global initiative internationally recognized for its powerful new approaches to achieving peace in divided societies, the free event on brings together leaders in the arts, conflict resolution and behavioral science to share the drivers of exclusion and the ways people consciously and unconsciously act. The event seeks to apply these insights to spark strategies for cultural organizations to more meaningfully engage with and reflect their communities.
Speakers and moderators include: Rebecca Saxe, Principal Investigator, SaxeLab for Social Cognitive Neuroscience, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Ambassador Ebrahim Rasool, activist and former South African Ambassador to the U.S.; Carrie Mae Weems, Contemporary Artist, MacArthur Genius Award recipient; Jeannie Howe, Executive Director, Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance; Mark Muller, Senior Advisor to the United Nations Envoy to Syria; Christopher Bedford, BMA Dorothy Wagner Wallis Director; and Timothy Phillips, Co-Founder and CEO of Beyond Conflict.
“I encourage everyone interested in creating a more inclusive Baltimore to participate in this event,” said BMA Dorothy Wagner Wallis Director Christopher Bedford. “This is an extraordinary opportunity for individuals and cultural institutions to harness the considerable wisdom and experience of the panelists to reflect on the narratives that they tell and how they interact with their communities.”
This is the second in a series of events designed by Beyond Conflict to engage leaders across the United States in conversations on the seemingly intractable challenges of discrimination, bias, and exclusion. Beyond Conflict’s most notable accomplishments include: catalyzing the field of transitional justice; helping introduce the truth commission concept in South Africa; and fostering peaceful negotiations and national reconciliation among leaders in Northern Ireland, Central America, and the Balkans.