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A Very Warm Welcome and Reminder

This is our very warm welcome to -- and reminder of -- our upcoming
Workshop on Transforming Humiliation and Violent Conflict : Thursday and Friday, December 7 - 8, 2017, Columbia University, Teachers College, Everett Lounge (525 West 120th Street, subway 1, exit 116th Street).

The dramatic consequences of climate change inspired our workshop theme this year: The Nature of Dignity -- The Dignity of Nature. We invite everyone to consider how practicing mutual dignity not only protects and replenishes our human relationships, it protects our planet, especially in the face of crisis.

We are very thankful to you for informing your friends on social media of this workshop. Kindly invite your friends to our Public Event on Thursday. It is free and open to the public:   

Whoever wishes to participate in the rest of the workshop, please invite them to register with us: Thank you!

Our Program and Appreciative Introductions

We invite you to download our workshop program to help you with your plans. Registration begins at 9:00 AM; the workshop itself begins at 10:00 AM. Careholders meet at 8:00 AM. We would also be grateful if you would kindly complete your Appreciative Introduction form and bring it with you. In addition, if you wish it to be uploaded on the workshop webpage, please send it to us.

You will find all of the latest details about the workshop -- updated regularly -- at:

Whether you join us as a creative contributor, a supporter, an active listener, a moderator, a dialogue facilitator, or in some other collaborative capacity, we want to emphasize that everyone in the workshop plays an important role in creating a climate of connection and mutual learning on the path to dignity!

Please kindly be reminded:
  1. On the day of the workshop, please remember to bring a copy of your workshop invitation or a copy of the workshop program to show the security staff. There are many other events going on, and the security staff will need to know that you are heading for the dignity workshop in Everett Lounge. Please note that our host is the Morton-Deutsch International Center for Cooperation and Conflict Resolution (MD-ICCCR).
  2. Also, everyone needs to bring a picture ID.
2016 Workshop Participants
Our Dignilogue Approach

Our conferences and workshops are designed to widen the space for collaboration, conversation, and mutually energizing connection. We strive to move beyond the conventional lecture/presentation format to meet in a spirit of sharing in humility and equal dignity.
Delightful Dignilogue Moderators:
David Yamada and Annette Engler

In addition to our preplanned Dignilogue (Dignity + Dialogue) Sessions , our afternoons will be action oriented and organized around Co-Created Dignilogue Groups . These groups will focus on topics of interest proposed by YOU. Rather than planning a "presentation," we encourage you to come as you are and enjoy the mutual learning experience of engaging in -- or even facilitating -- authentic, creative conversations that lead to new ideas and new opportunities for action. Please join us in thanking Phil Brown and David Yamada for leading us as we organize our Co-Created Dignilogues.

The grand finale of each afternoon will be inviting representatives from each Co-Created Dignilogue Group to document the highlights of their conversations and insights in a Dignivideo . These videos will be treasured contributions to our World Dignity University; initiative, inspiring future generations of our community. Please also see the wonderful YouTube channel created by Gabriela Saab for sharing videos with the world!

Everyone is Welcome to Our Public Event!

Honor, Humiliation, and Terror:
Evelin Lindner, MD, Ph.D., Ph.D.
Thursday, December 7th, 2017, 5:00 - 7:00 PM
Teachers College, Everett Lounge

Evelin Lindner
"Evelin Lindner is one of the most important, present-day actors for peace, international solidarity and conflict resolution, human rights and democracy building, and in this book she addresses the most burning issues of our time -- terrorism and the quest for a dignified world."

-- Inga Bostad, Professor of Philosophy, Director, Norwegian Centre for Human Rights, University of Oslo, Norway.

We especially invite your colleagues and friends to this Public Event via social media or email: . You may also wish to download and share the poster for this event.

We look forward to having you with us at our Public Event to celebrate the publication of Evelin Lindner's monumental new book! Please also see:

Our Thanks to Our Supporters at Teachers College, Columbia University
We are deeply thankful to our friends at Teachers College for making it possible for us to meet as a global community. Since our workshop takes place during an extremely busy time of the year, we are always grateful to have meeting space in such a remarkable institution of learning.

Please join us in paying special respect to the late  Morton Deutsch, our everlasting Honorary Convener,  and in thanking all of our colleagues at the Morton Deutsch International Center for Cooperation and Conflict Resolution  (MD-ICCCR)!

Please Welcome Our Careholder Team and Our Dignigardeners

Please join us in recognizing and thanking our team of Careholders and Dignigardeners who make this program possible!

If you would like to contribute to the workshop as part of our Careholder Team, we warmly welcome your interest and support! Please send us an email to let us know you would like to help:
  • A Few Wonderful Dignigardeners: Judit Revézé, Christine de Michele, Chipamong Chowdhury,
    and Kebadu Gebremariam
    Careholders oversee crucial components of the workshop, including welcoming and registration; meeting/greeting, videography/photography, music/movement, moderating/facilitating, and time keeping. 
    Their efforts nurture the unique relational climate that encourages rich, empathic, and energized engagement.

    Our Careholder Team will gather to prepare the meeting room at 8:00 AM (Everett Lounge, Thursday, December 7th).
  • Dignigardners play an important role encouraging, supporting, and recognizing dignifying dialogue throughout the workshop. They can be especially helpful in facilitating the dialogue when differences present opportunities for new understanding and mutual growth. We are delighted to welcome these skillful friends to support everyone in their efforts to create the relational space that generates thoughtful connection and constructive collaboration.
Moments of Music, Movement, and Dance

We have a wealth of creative talent in our HumanDHS community. This has inspired us to "keep art close to our hearts" during our workshops. In particular, we welcome returning friends to share their creative talents in bringing us together and organizing transitions between workshop activities. Please kindly remember to thank them for their generous contributions!

Registration, Abstracts, Papers, and Dignilogue Topics

Many of you have already registered for our workshop, and your name is already listed on the webpage. We welcome you most warmly! You may wish to check whether your biographical sketch is on our webpage, and, if yes, is it up to date?
  • If you have an abstract, a paper, or a Dignilogue topic you wish to share (or you develop a new paper that emerges from the inspiration that our workshop experience brought to you), you are warmly invited to send it to us so we can include it on our HumanDHS website.
  • We encourage everyone to help us minimize the use of technology and handouts. If you wish to use Powerpoint or another form of computer technology, thank you for sending it to us in advance and bringing a copy on a Flashdrive.
  • For those of you who would still like to join us and have not yet registered, please kindly send a message to: We would be delighted to hear from you by November 28th or sooner.
Again, we are very much looking forward to seeing you at the workshop! Dignifying the lives of people and the planet  is more important than ever.

With the warmest admiration and appreciation,

Evelin Lindner, MD, PhDs, Founding President
Linda Hartling, PhD, Director
Tonya Hammer, PhD, Conference Coordinator

P.S. We encourage you to print and retain this reminder to help you with your travel plans.

A Special Note: We want to thank all of you for protecting your health prior to and throughout the workshop. Since we meet during flu and cold season, we feel a special responsibility to encourage everyone to be proactive in their efforts to protect their own health as well as protect the health of all who join us for this workshop. Our deepest gratitude for your kind care.