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Summit to focus on contemporary approaches to conflict management resolution

March 25, 2011

Cyberbullying prevention, intercultural conflict at work among topics

The Conflict Transformation Project of the Hugh Downs School of Human Communication and the Lodestar Dispute Resolution Program of the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University along with the Graduate Professional Student Association are sponsoring the 2011 Arizona State Summit on Conflict Management Resolution at the Phoenix Convention Center from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., April 8.

The Arizona State Summit will bring together practitioners and academics to discuss contemporary approaches to managing conflict in the community, workplace, and school. The keynote speaker is Steven Dinkin, director of the National Conflict Resolution Center. He will be speaking on his strategy, known as “The Exchange,” which he hopes will change the climate in which people communicate with one another.

Break-out sessions facilitated by ASU scholars and local community leaders will be offered throughout the day. Topics include: Facilitating a civil dialogue, effective conflict strategies and tactics, collaborative law practice, and cyberbullying.

The goal of the summit is to facilitate information exchange and collaboration between important stakeholders in the management of conflict at various levels of society, said Jess Alberts, an ASU President’s Professor in communication. “Anyone interested in conflict management is encouraged to attend the summit, particularly those who work in schools, mediation, and law,” she said.

CLE credit is available for judges who attend the event. The cost of the summit is $45 if registered by March 30. Students may attend the conference for $25. Registration and other information are online at Additional information is available by contacting Alberts at

More information about the Conflict Transformation Project of the Hugh Downs School of Human Communication in ASU’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is online at