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Aaron T. Wolf

Aaron T. Wolf is a Professor of Geography in the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences at Oregon State University. His research and teaching focus is on the interaction between water science and water policy, particularly as related to conflict prevention and resolution. He has acted as a consultant to the World Bank and several international government agencies on various aspects of transboundary water resources and dispute resolution. Wolf is a trained mediator/facilitator, and directs the Program in Water Conflict Management and Transformation, through which he has offered workshops, facilitations, and mediation in basins throughout the world. He coordinates the Transboundary Freshwater Dispute Database, and is a co-director of the Universities Partnership on Transboundary Waters. He has been an author/editor for seven books, as well as almost 50 journal articles, book chapters, and professional reports on various aspects of transboundary waters.

The Spirit of Dialogue Book Talk

Thursday, November 16, 2017 - 7:00pm PST
Grass Roots Books
227 SW 2nd St.
Corvallis, OR 97333
United States

Author Event with Aaron Wolf

Friday November 16 | 7:00PM - 8:30PM

Grass Roots Books 227 SW 2nd St. Corvallis, OR 97333

Author Event with Aaron Wolf

Friday November 16 | 7:00PM - 8:30PM

Grass Roots Books
227 SW 2nd St.
Corvallis, OR 97333

Aaron T. Wolf is a Professor of Geography in the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences at Oregon State University. He has acted as a consultant to the World Bank and several international governments and agencies on various aspects of transboundary water resources and dispute resolution. A trained mediator/facilitator, Wolf directs the Program in Water Conflict Management and Transformation, through which he has offered workshops, facilitations, and mediations in basins throughout the world.

As a longtime mediator, Aaron T. Wolf has learned that negotiations are shaped by complicated dynamics—from how comfortable the meeting room is to the participants’ deepest senses of self. Bridging seemingly intractable issues means addressing multiple layers of needs. Wolf’s approach to this complex task may be surprising to westerners—less so to those from cultures that do not separate rationality from spirituality. The Spirit of Dialogue draws lessons from a diversity of faith traditions to transform conflict, from identifying the root cause of anger to the true listening practiced by Buddhist monks. Whether atheist or fundamentalist, Muslim or Jew, Quaker or Hindu, any reader involved in difficult dialogue will find concrete steps towards a meeting of souls.

The author will be reading and signing books at this event.

The Spirit of Dialogue: Lessons from Faith Traditions in Transforming Conflict

Tuesday, November 14, 2017 - 11:00am EST
FIU MMC
11200 Southwest 8th Street
SIPA 103
Miami, FL 33174
United States

Jain Studies ProgramSteven J. Green School of International and Public AffairsFifth Mahavir Nirvan Lecture on Applied Jain Ethics

The Spirit of Dialogue: Lessons from Faith...

Jain Studies Program
Steven J. Green School of International and Public Affairs
Fifth Mahavir Nirvan Lecture on Applied Jain Ethics

The Spirit of Dialogue: Lessons from Faith Traditions in Transforming Conflict

Presentation by Dr. Aaron Wolf, Oregon State University
Tuesday, November 14, 2017 | 11 AM | FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus | SIPA 103

 

Dr. Wolf has spent 20 years as a facilitator and scholar studying conflicts over shared water resources around the world. These experiences have led him to see the limitations of Western secular models of conflict resolution and cooperation based on rationality and interest, summed up in the maxim, “People will agree when it’s in their interest to agree.” Instead, Wolf seeks to shift the discussion from “interests” to “common values” as the starting point for real dialogue. He draws lessons from a diversity of faith traditions to transform conflict, such as the “true listening” practiced by Buddhist monks, contrasting it with the “active listening” advocated by many mediators. Alignment with an energy beyond oneself, what Christians would call grace, can change self-righteousness into a community concern. Dr. Wolf will present these and other practical lessons learned from years of traveling, reading and discussing these issues with practitioners from a variety of the world’s faith traditions and with those who have negotiated conflicts in a breadth of settings.


Dr. Aaron Wolf is Professor of Geography in the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences at Oregon State University. His research focuses on issues relating transboundary water resources to political conflict and cooperation. He combines environmental science with dispute resolution theory and practice. Dr. Wolf has consulted on various aspects of international water resources and dispute resolution for the US Department of State, the US Agency for International Development, and the World Bank, as well as several foreign governments. He is currently a Professor of Water Governance at UNESCO-IHE Delft Institute for Water Education based in Deft, the Netherlands.