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Mosten Lecture May 13

Harvard Law Professor to Give Mosten Lecture

Robert H. Mnookin, conflict resolution scholar, will discuss how to confront difficult challenges at May 13 event.

(April 26, 2010)

Robert H. Mnookin

Robert H. Mnookin

RIVERSIDE, Calif. – Robert H. Mnookin, a Harvard Law School professor and leading scholar in the field of conflict resolution, will present the 2010 Forrest S. Mosten Lecture in Conflict Resolution and Peace Studies on Thursday, May 13, at 5 p.m. in the Alumni and Visitors Center, 3701 Canyon Crest Drive. A reception and booksigning will follow the lecture. The event is free and open to the public.

Mnookin’s lecture shares the same title as his most recent book, “Bargaining with the Devil: When to Negotiate, When to Fight,” and will address challenging conflicts, such as when you face an adversary you don’t trust, who may harm you, or who may be evil. He provides tools for confronting those challenges, in international relations, in business and in family conflicts.

The Mosten Lecture is named for UCR alumnus Forrest S. (Woody) Mosten, an internationally known mediator and advocate of conflict resolution methods to settle disputes. Mosten is donating $5,000 annually to fund the lecture series and student internships with organizations that promote peacebuilding or conflict resolution.

“This is our third annual Mosten Lecture. We are also developing internships for students with Mosten scholarship funding,” said June O’Connor, professor of religious studies. “In addition, the faculty have established an academic program enabling students to minor in Peace and Conflict Studies. Together these initiatives and opportunities hopefully will foster a climate of consciousness about conflict intervention, resolution, and management as alternatives to violence.”

Mnookin is the Samuel Williston Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, the chair of the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School, and the director of the Harvard Negotiation Research Project. He has taught workshops for corporations, governmental agencies and law firms around the world. He has resolved many complex commercial disputes, among them: a dispute over operating system software between IBM and Fujitsu, an environmental dispute between the Motorola and Siemans corporations, and several conflicts involving intellectual property.

He has written or edited nine books and numerous scholarly articles. Among his books is “Dividing the Child: Social and Legal Dilemmas of Custody,” which won the 1993 Willam J. Goode Book Award for the most outstanding booklength contribution of the year to family scholarship.

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