North Central College - Naperville, IL

World Issues

Terrorism ... peace ... heroic leadership ... revenge ... non-violent conflict resolution ... cultural differences: never has greater understanding of these topics seemed so important.

Heroic Leadership in a Fragile World: Summoning the Hero Inside You
The world has always led a fragile existence, and America's recent tragedies merely take away the veil of our innocence. History shows us that dark leadership surfaces on a regular basis and that to overcome those forces, we need vigilant, courageous and heroic leaders willing to sacrifice their safety to ensure human survival. This leadership can arise at every level of society, not just at the top political or corporate levels.
Ken Campbell, Ph.D., associate professor of management and coordinator of the College's M.B.A. program 630-637-5469

A Better Way: Nonviolent Dispute Resolution
Explores the concept of nonviolent dispute/conflict resolution and how it can heal relationships and overcome problems. The method can be applied in domestic, classroom, organizational, national and even international settings.
Thomas Cavenagh, J.D., professor of business law and conflict resolution, director of North Central's dispute resolution program, and an experienced mediator 630-637-5157

The Diversity Factor
The meaning of "diversity" in American culture, its promises and problems, along with suggestions on how to encourage it in schools, corporations and communities.
Richard Guzman, Ph.D., professor of English and a consultant to Naperville schools on the issue of diversity 630-637-5280

NEW Communicating Across the Cultural Divide: When Talking Louder Isn't Enough
Diversity is a growing reality in our communities and our workplaces. This presentation addresses the hidden barriers cultural differences create. Learn to identify areas of potential communication misunderstandings and expand your range of verbal and nonverbal communication skills to handle these situations. Recognize the powerful influence of culture on how people view themselves, their workplace and the world.
Barrie Mason, instructor of speech communication 630-637-5370

NEW Revenge Violence in Today's World
Violence against individuals or groups has many causes. One of these is a desire for revenge against those who have harmed an individual or a group. In some societies, many believe that avenging an insult is a duty. This presentation is based on a comparative study of revenge in the laws and literature of ancient and modern cultures, with examples from ancient Greece, Iceland, Renaissance England, Japan and contemporary Balkan societies.
David Fisher, Ph.D., professor of philosophy and coordinator of the History of Ideas Program. 630-637-5337

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