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"Difficult Conversations in an Era of Trump" w/ Dr. Ted. Johnson

February 23, 2018
Dr. Ted Johnson

3 EVENTS in ONE DAY with Dr. Ted Johnson!

February 23rd 

  • Lunch Talk: 1:00-1:45pm, VART 204 | All Faculty & Staff Invited
  • Q+A: 2:00-3:00 pm, VART 216 | All Faculty & Staff Invited
  • Faculty Workshop: 4:00-5:30 pm, Wold 010 | Faculty Sign-Up/RSVP: https://tinyurl.com/tedjohnson

Speaker: Dr. Ted Johnson is an Associate Professor of the Practice in the Masters Program in Conflict Resolution and Coexistence, and a Practicum Advisor for COEX and SIDCO students at Brandeis University. Prior to his appointment in 2006, he was a Senior Program Manager and Legal Advisor to Conflict Management Group and Mercy Corps in Cambridge MA. During that time, he worked extensively as an International Negotiation and Training Consultant for governments, corporations and international organizations. He has worked in post-apartheid South Africa, in Cyprus with Greek and Turkish Cypriots towards bi-communal coexistence, with universities and political leaders in Northern and South Central Iraq to develop joint problem-solving skills and strategies. He has been an advisor to several UN Agencies including WHO, FAO, UNCTAD, and Codex Alimantarius—the UN international food safety organization. Prior to his international work, he was a Deputy District Attorney and Judge Pro Tem in Orange County California. He is a member of the California and American Bar Associations, and the American Society of International Law. He received a Juris Doctorate from Western State University in 1972, a Masters in International Law and Diplomacy (MALD) in 1993 from Tufts University, and a Ph.D. in International Relations from Tufts University's Fletcher School in 2009.

1) Lunch Talk with Dr. Ted Johnson: 

Description: Difficult Conversations are generally about things that make us uncomfortable which often result in choosing to postpone,  ignore or avoid the topics. We not only become stuck in a cycle of needing to have the conversation, but also wanting to avoid the conversation fearing that it will turn out badly. Research and practice into this topic reveals that difficult conversations are often a mixture of three conflated discussions about facts, feelings, and personal identity. Taking time to prepare for an anticipated difficult conversation is essential to the likelihood of having a better outcome.  Most importantly, it is productive to think of difficult conversations as "learning conversations."  What is needed is learning about the facts, feelings, and identities of the parties within the conversation.  This structure and process is under assault in the current political and educational environment where facts are frequently ignored or attacked for being inconvenient or uncomfortable.  This talk will offer grounded insights and well-tested processes for re-focusing our role as educators to provide a safe space where reflective thinking and mutual learning is both our primary focus and ultimate goal.  

All Faculty & Staff Invited
Food Provided!
Febrary 23 | 1:00-1:45pm
VART 204

2) Q + A with Ted Johnson

Description: Immediately following the lunch talk, join Dr. Johnson for an informal sit down discussion and Q+A session.

All Faculty & Staff Invited
February 23 | 2:00-3:00pm
VART 216

3) Faculty Workshop facilitated by Dr. Ted Johnson: Shifting Difficult Conversations to Learning Conversations in Your Classroom: 

Description: In the afternoon, faculty are invited to join Dr. Johnson for a workshop to practice facilitating learning conversations. You’ll learn how to shift a difficult conversation into a learning conversation, as well as support the development of your internal “barometer” about which conversations should be turned into learning conversations and which ones should be discouraged.  Please RSVP below by February 16th.

February 23 | 4:00-5:30pm
Wold 010
Faculty: For more information + to sign up/RSVP, go to by Feb. 16: https://tinyurl.com/tedjohnson

This event is a part of the Faculty Development Institute, supported by the "Our Shared Humanities" grant to Union College by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation 

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