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An Evening with Hugh O’Doherty

Sat, Feb 16, 2013 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

| Free

Leadership for a World Beyond Tribal Identity

Join us to hear from Hugh O’Doherty. Hugh is a visiting faculty member in the OSR Master’s Program and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in the arena of leadership development and international conflict resolution. Plan to attend this evening to continue your learning in this arena or to experience one of the signature faculty members in the OSR Master’s Program.

Today’s inter-connected, multi-cultural world demands that we re-think the ways we’ve defined our cultural, social, and political identities. Particularly at a time when the competition for scarce resources, particularly water, is going to be more and more fierce, nothing less than our ability to viably steward our planet is at stake.  The deep-seated, almost instinctual urge to preserve “tribal” identity in its narrowest form has become a dangerous hold-over from the past, and has led to an unprecedented period of violence, loss of life, and social dysfunction. Failing to really get at the root of this issue, even our greatest peacemaking successes have produced superficial hiatuses rather than lasting peace. The good news is that we can understand and reframe these contentious issues of identity. This talk will provide a fresh and provocative look at the leadership required if Reds and Blues in Congress, or ethnic groups in war-torn regions around the globe, are to live and work productively with one another.

Hugh O’Doherty is an Affiliate of the Center for Public Leadership. He has been Lecturer in Public Policy at the Kennedy School and Consultant and Advisor to the Superintendents Leadership Program, a project supported by the Wallace-Reader’s Digest Funds. Previously, O’Doherty served as Director of the Ireland-U.S. Public Leadership Program and the College Park Scholars Program in Public Leadership at the Academy of Leadership, University of Maryland. His research interests include the evaluation of conflict resolution programs, curriculum programs in prejudice reduction, and characteristics of intractable conflict. For four years O’Doherty was Program Director at the Glencree Center for Peace and Reconciliation, which aimed to create an environment in which Irish Catholics and Protestants could confront the issues that divide them.

From 1995-98, he directed the Northern Ireland Inter-Group Relations Project, an initiative that brings together fourteen political and community leaders in Ireland to establish protocols for political dialogue. He has taught courses on conflict resolution at Trinity College, Dublin, and at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. O’Doherty earned a B.Ed. from Manchester University in England, an M.A. from the Irish School of Ecumenics, and an M.Ed. and Ed.D. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Dress code: Casual

Items to bring: Water Bottle & Snacks


Sat, Feb 16, 2013
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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