Guest Lecturer Addresses Conflict Management Oct. 9 at TNCC

Published: September 26, 2012

Students, faculty and staff can join Thomas Nelson Community College’s (TNCC) Psychology department on Tuesday, October 9 when conflict resolution expert Dr. Richard E. Rubenstein brings an informative discussion, “Transforming Destructive Conflicts: Five Key Steps toward Positive Peace,” to the Hampton campus. A professor of Conflict Resolution and Public Affairs at George Mason University, Dr. Rubenstein will be available 4:30-6:00 p.m. in Templin Hall’s upstairs gallery for a meet and greet session. The presentation follows at 6:30 p.m. in the Dr. Mary T. Christian Auditorium.

Dr. Rubenstein will explore the assertion that the most destructive conflicts are those generated by social and political structures that prevent people from satisfying their basic human needs. He notes that people must illuminate the connections between social institutions and psychology, thus eliminating or altering both internal and external conditions including considering how current American institutions advance or hinder peace.

Dr. Rubenstein has degrees from Harvard College, Oxford University (as a Rhodes Scholar), and Harvard Law School. The former lawyer and political scientist has written eight books about various types of violent social conflict. He teaches graduate and undergraduate courses on conflict theory and speaks publicly on issues of peace and social justice.

Made possible by a faculty/staff mini grant from the TNCC Educational Foundation awarded to Psychology faculty members Dr. Linda Haugh and Dr. Scott Debb, the October 9 event is in conjunction with the course PSY205: Personal Conflict & Crisis Management. This is one in a series of presentations for fall 2012 and spring 2013 that will feature Dr. Rubenstein.

For more information, contact Dr. Haugh at or Dr. Debb at

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