Dynamic Conflict Engagement: Creating Cultures of Inclusion Via Arts

March 13, 2019, 7 pm – 9 pm

In this evening program, conflict engagement innovators Michelle LeBaron and Barbara Tint will draw on applied improvisation and expressive arts to offer participants experiences of creative ways to engage conflict. Arts practices dissolve boundaries and melt troublesome ‘givens’; they unfreeze impasse and show ways to work with the complex issues that confound us in these days of political, social, and organizational conflict. As well, arts practices help facilitate and optimize collaboration across cultures.

Michelle LeBaron cross cultural communication strategies

Michelle LeBaron is a scholar/practitioner and Professor of Law and Dispute Resolution at the Allard School of Law, University of British Columbia, Canada. Her most recent book is Changing Our Worlds: Art as Transformative Practice. One of the pioneers of the field of intercultural conflict engagement, Michelle applies unique perspectives from the arts and her work on worldview conflicts in diverse regions to teach about dispute system design and conflict engagement. 

Barbara Tint is a psychologist, professor of conflict resolution, global consultant, trainer, and improviser. She travels globally working with individuals, groups and organizations in areas including conflict resolution, intercultural relations, gender dynamics, power and status, dialogue processes, resilience, leadership, and transition and change. Barbara’s recent book, Diasporas in Dialogue: Conflict Transformation and Reconciliation in Worldwide Refugee Communities recounts a 5 years project conducting dialogue and capacity building efforts in historically conflicted refugee communities. Barbara is a trained improviser and the president of the Applied Improvisation Network, a global network of scholars, practitioners, researchers, performers, trainers, and consultants using improvisation in a wide range of non-performance contexts.