Healing the Red-Blue Divide

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Publication Info: Columbia University

Date of Publication: Fall

Year of Publication: 2020

Publication City: New York, N.Y.

Publisher: Columbia Magazine

Author(s): David J. Craig

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An expert on conflict resolution offers a new perspective on the ideological tensions that he says are tearing the US apart.

Peter T. Coleman ’97TC, a professor of psychology and education, is the founding director of both the Difficult Conversations Lab at Teachers College and the Advanced Consortium on Cooperation, Conflict, and Complexity (AC4) at the Earth Institute. His research focuses on helping people with opposing viewpoints learn to talk about sensitive topics.

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Practitioners in the field of conflict resolution have long recognized that some types of conflict resist almost any attempts to address them. Whether between family members, ethnic or religious groups, communities, or countries, some conflicts endure for years or decades, worsening over time, exhausting the participants and locking them into patterns of destructive behavior.

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