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When: Friday, April 8, 2016
1 PM - 2PM ET
Where: United States

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Friday, April 8, 2016, 1 PM– 2 PM ET

Peace, Conflict and Mathematics

Guests: Larry Liebovitch and Peter Coleman


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Yearning for peace doesn’t usually inspire thoughts of applied mathematics. Dr. Larry Liebovitch, a physicist who also teaches psychology and has developed mathematical models of conflict, believes math can help create new paradigms of discord and new understanding of how people deal with intractable hostilities. Dr. Peter T Coleman, who holds a doctorate on social-organizational psychology rom from Columbia University, where is also teaches, is an expert on peace and conflict who has worked with Dr. Liebovitch and other leading edge thinkers in research on peace and violence prevention. Dr. Liebovitch and Dr. Coleman are among the co-authors of the book Attracted to Conflict: Dynamic Foundations of Destructive Social Relations 

Dr. Larry S. Liebovitch, is a professor of physics and professor of psychology at Queens College, City University of New York, where he also served as dean of the division of mathematics and general sciences.  He earned a PhD in astronomy from Harvard University, and was elected as a fellow of the America Physical Society "For advancing the physics of fractals and chaos and using these methods to analyze and understand biological systems."  He is an adjunct senior research scholar at Columbia University’s Advanced Consortium on Cooperation, Conflict, and Complexity (AC4). He was the Interim Director of the Center for  Complex Systems and Brain Sciences at Florida Atlantic University, where he also taught. He has conducted many highly interdisciplinary research projects connecting mathematics, physics,  biological sciences and social systems.   He is author of several book chapters, dozens of journal articles, he wrote the book Fractals and Chaos Simplified for the Life Sciences, and coauthored others, including Fractal Analysis in the Social Sciences, and Quantitative Applications in the Social Sciences.  


Dr. Peter T. Coleman is Professor of Psychology and Education at Columbia University where he holds a joint-appointment at Teachers College and The Earth Institute and teaches courses in Conflict Resolution, Social Psychology, and Social Science Research. Dr. Coleman is Director of the Morton Deutsch International Center for Cooperation and Conflict Resolution (MD-ICCCR) at Teachers College, Columbia University and Executive Director of Columbia University’s Advanced Consortium on Cooperation, Conflict, and Complexity (AC4). He currently conducts research on optimality of motivational dynamics in conflict, power asymmetries and conflict, intractable conflict, multicultural conflict, injustice and conflict, environmental conflict, adaptive mediation dynamics, and sustainable peace. In 2003, he became the first recipient of the Early Career Award from the American Psychological Association (APA), Division 48: Society for the Study of Peace, Conflict, and Violence, and in 2015 was awarded the Morton Deutsch Conflict Resolution Award by APA and a Marie Curie Fellowship from The EU. Dr. Coleman edits the award-winning Handbook of Conflict Resolution: Theory and Practice (2000, 2006, 2014) and his other books include The Five Percent: Finding Solutions to Seemingly Impossible Conflicts (2011); Conflict, Justice, and Interdependence: The Legacy of Morton Deutsch (2011), Psychological Components of Sustainable Peace (2012). His most recent book is Making Conflict Work: Navigating Disagreement Up and Down Your Organization (2014). He has also authored over 100 articles and chapters, is a member of the United Nation Mediation Support Unit’s Academic Advisory Council, is a founding board member of the Leymah Gbowee Peace Foundation USA, and is a New York State certified mediator and experienced consultant.



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