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A Very Warm Welcome and Reminder
December 6 - 7, 2018
Columbia University, Teachers College, Everett Lounge
Warmest Greetings!

This is our very warm welcome to — and reminder of — our upcoming 15th Annual Workshop on Transforming Humiliation and Violent Conflict Thursday and Friday, December 6 - 7, 2017, Columbia University, Teachers College, Everett Lounge (525 West 120th Street, subway 1, exit 116th Street).

This year we will be celebrating 15 years of global collaboration!

Our workshop theme "What Is the Language of Dignity?" — is an invitation to think deeply about what communicates dignity in our lives, in our communities, and in the world. The recent tragic events in the United States and around the globe urgently remind us of the need for mutual dignity in all relationships.
Our community strives to be a global role model. We speak many different languages and lovingly bring together richly diverse perspectives. Our 15 years of prioritizing connection continues to strengthen our capacity to practice a shared language,  the language of dignity. 

Our Public Event  on Thursday is free and open to the public (see poster below). Thank you for inviting your friends on social media to this event.
Whoever wishes to participate in the rest of the workshop, please invite them to register with us: . Thank you!
Celebrating the Inauguration of Teachers College 11th President, Thomas Bailey
We are delighted to announce that Teachers College will be celebrating the inauguration of President Thomas Bailey , beginning December 6th. Our work for dignity deeply resonates with the inauguration theme: "Creating Pathways for All to Flourish." Please join us in expressing our profound gratitude to all of our friends at Teachers College who have made our global dignity research and action possible for the last 15 years!
Please also 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)! 
Our Program and Appreciative Introductions
Registration begins at 9:00 AM;   the workshop itself begins at 10:00 AM. The Careholder Team will meet at 8:00 AM.

We would be grateful if you would kindly complete your  Appreciative Introduction  form and bring it with you. If you wish it to be uploaded on the workshop webpage, thank you for sending it to us as an attachment.
You will find all of the latest details about the workshop — updated regularly — on our workshop webpage . Thank you for kindly letting us know if we are missing any information. We also invite you to download our workshop program to help you with your plans.

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:

  • 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 at the entrance of Teachers College.

  • There will be many, many people participating in the inaugural week of the new Teachers College president. Consequently, the security staff will need to know that you are heading for the dignity workshop in Everett Lounge. Please give yourself extra time to arrive on time.

  • Also, everyone needs to bring a picture ID.
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.

In addition to our Preplanned  Dignilogue Sessions (Dignity + Dialogue = Dignilogue), our afternoons will be action-oriented and organized around  Co-Created Dignilogue Groups . These groups will focus on topics of interest proposed by YOU. They will also be an opportunity to deepen a discussion on a topic proposed earlier in the day.

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. 

The grand finale of each afternoon will be inviting two representatives from each Co-Created Dignilogue Group to engage in a brief dialogue that will be recorded on video and titled "Our Message to the World." We invite each Dignilogue Group to think of a message they believe the world must hear. These videos will be treasured contributions to our World Dignity University initiative, inspiring future generations of our community.
We Warmly Welcome All
Careholders and 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 very warmly welcome your interest and support!

Please send us an email to let us know you would like to help:

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 6th).

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 love to "keep art close to our hearts" throughout our workshop. In particular, we welcome returning friends who wish to share their creative talents as a way to bring us together after breaks and between activities.

If you would like to share your talent in a "moment of music, movement, or dance," please email us . We would be deeply grateful for your creative contribution!
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! Thank you for joining us to explore the language of dignity in our lives, in our communities, and in the world!
With our deepest admiration and appreciation,
Evelin Lindner, MD, PhDs, Founding President
Linda Hartling, PhD, Director

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.
Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies
A world without humiliation dignifies us all!