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EVENT: Jan 26, 2016 Wasserfall at Brandeis

Tuesday, January 26, 2016 / 12:30-2:00

Liberman-Miller Lecture Hall / Brandeis Women’s Studies Research Center

Brandeis University

Rahel R. Wasserfall presents

“How Do We Learn to Live with Difference? A Pedagogy of Discomfort: CEDAR programs”

In this talk, Wasserfall discusses the methodology behind Living with Difference and overviews the habits of the mind and the heart communities need to develop to face the strangers that populate our lives.

 

New Book on Difference by CEDAR Leadership Team

Living with Difference: How to Build Community in a Divided World
ADAM B. SELIGMAN, RAHEL R. WASSERFALL, AND DAVID W. MONTGOMERY

book-webcover v2“The authors have the courage as well as the philosophical skills to challenge the sentimentalities designed to help us all to just ‘get along.’ Instead, they draw on their pedagogical experience to provide an account of how difference can be lived. This fascinating book has the potential to change the discussion about how we might live at peace without the peace achieved occluding our rightly lasting differences.”—Stanley Hauerwas, Duke University

“Both valuable scholarship and a practical guide for improving intergroup relations, the material is fresh and the work innovative, with new and illuminating insights. I cannot think of a comparable work.”—David Smock, Vice President of the U.S. Institute of Peace

“This book challenges readers to engage intellectual and human experiential resources to acquire empathy and celebrate differences as part of the knowledge of the self. An interdependent and interconnected reality can be realized when we interact with others in fully authentic ways.”—Abdulaziz Sachedina, George Mason University

Whether looking at divided cities or working with populations on the margins of society, a growing number of engaged academics has reached out to communities around the world to address the practical problems of living with difference. This text explores the challenges and necessities of accommodating difference, however difficult and uncomfortable such accommodation may be. Living with Difference draws on fourteen years of the theoretical insights and unique pedagogy developed by CEDAR—Communities Engaging with Difference and Religion. CEDAR has worked internationally with community leaders, activists, and other partners to take the insights of anthropology out of the classroom and into the world. Rather than mitigating conflict by emphasizing what is shared, this work argues for the centrality of difference in creating community: it seeks ways not to overcome or deny differences, but to live with and within them in a self-reflective space and practice. Living with Difference also includes an organizer’s manual for implementing CEDAR’s strategies in one’s own community.

University of California Press
California Series in Public Anthropology
228 pp. 6 x 9
Illustrations: 27 b/w photos
978-0-520-28411-1 $65.00/£44.95 Cloth
978-0-520-28412-8 $19.95/£13.95 Paper

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International Orders

CEDAR Director Named Fulbright Scholar

CEDAR Director Adam Seligman has been named a Fulbright Specialist at Uganda Martyrs’ University (UMU), where he will spend two months starting in May 2016. During this time he will use CEDAR’s pedagogic approach to help develop a program in conflict resolution and peace studies for UMU’s Equator Peace Academy (EPA), a CEDAR affiliate school. Bringing Professor Seligman to Uganda for an extended period will allow UMU to integrate CEDAR and EPA pedagogy and incorporate it more strongly into the culture of the university as a whole. Crucially, it will allow the EPA to expand CEDAR’s pedagogy beyond the summer programs and to act as a bridge between the university and broader local communities within Uganda.

“Islam and the State in Central Asia”, by Adeeb Khalid

“Islam and the State in Central Asia”, by Adeeb Khalid. 2015. Turkish Review. September 1.

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This post is part of the CEDAR’s partnership with the UK’s Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House), George Washington University, and the University of Exeter in organizing a two-part conference on “Islam, Secularism and Security in Central Asia and Beyond,” part of a British Council USA Bridging Voices dialogue.

“Is Tajikistan Really Jihad’s Next Frontier?”, by Edward Lemon

“Is Tajikistan Really Jihad’s Next Frontier?”, by Edward James Lemon. 2015. Exeter Central Asian Studies Network. June 13.

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This post is part of the CEDAR’s partnership with the UK’s Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House), George Washington University, and the University of Exeter in organizing a two-part conference on “Islam, Secularism and Security in Central Asia and Beyond,” part of a British Council USA Bridging Voices dialogue.

“What Does the Halimov Defection Tell Us About Tajikistan?”, by John Heathershaw

“What Does the Halimov Defection Tell Us About Tajikistan?”, by John Heathershaw. 2015. Exeter Central Asian Studies Network. May 31.

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This post is part of the CEDAR’s partnership with the UK’s Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House), George Washington University, and the University of Exeter in organizing a two-part conference on “Islam, Secularism and Security in Central Asia and Beyond,” part of a British Council USA Bridging Voices dialogue.

“It’s Not All About Islam: Misreading Secular Politics in the Middle East”, by Stacey Gutkowski

“It’s Not All About Islam: Misreading Secular Politics in the Middle East”, by Stacey Gutkowski. 2015. openDemocracy. April 25.

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This post is part of the CEDAR’s partnership with the UK’s Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House), George Washington University, and the University of Exeter in organizing a two-part conference on “Islam, Secularism and Security in Central Asia and Beyond,” part of a British Council USA Bridging Voices dialogue.