Evelin's 2015 pictures

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Evelin basically dislikes taking pictures or posing for pictures, however, has been persuaded by the HumanDHS network members, particularly by Judit Révèsz, that she should make an effort. The reason is that pictures offer an easily accessible way to document her work, in the spirit of what now has become known as "blog." These pictures are thus meant to share Evelin's efforts and whereabouts with the HumanDHS network (many photos are made by accidental bypassers, she kindly asked to take a picture). Evelin is willing to make an effort not least to honor Judit Révèsz, who kindly gave her a camera as her gift.

A note with regard to the permission to upload pictures with people other than Evelin:
We only upload pictures on the HumanDHS website for which we have received permission. During our conferences, for example, we always ask for permission.
This page serves as a preliminary showroom. It is only linked to the main web site and accessible to the public when no permission is pending. By using this page as a preliminary showroom, the person who has been asked for permission can form a comprehensive impression of what he or she is giving permission for. We have received legal advice that this procedure provides the most comprehensive information on which to base a permission.
Everybody who is depicted on this picture page, please let us know if you have changed your mind and no longer wish to have your picture included on these pages. Then we will remove your picture as soon as we can. Thank you for your kind understanding!

The year starts at the bottom of this page and the most recent pictures are at the top.


15th December, 2015: It was wonderful to reconnect with Hinnerk Bruhns, Directeur de recherche émérite au CNRS, Centre de recherches historiques EHESS-CNRS, Directeur de la revue Trivium, Fondation Maison des Sciences de l'Homme, Paris.
Hinnerk Bruhns was the generous inspirer and host of our 2003 and 2004 HumanDHS conferences at the MSH!
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On 15th December, 2015, it was an immense privilege to be in Paris and meet with one of the most renowned experts on International Relations, Bertrand Badie, author of the book "Le temps des humiliés. Pathologie des Relations Internationales."
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On December 14, 2015, I say good-bye to my home in NY in the Upper West Side, my home since 2001, until next year. The weeks I spend here each year, squeezing in one year's NY life into a few weeks, are extremely valuable to me, a gift that enriches me enormously. THANK YOU to all of you, who give me this gift!
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On December 12, 2015, dear Judit Révèsz brought me an amazing gift, the very instrument that makes it possible for me to document our global dignity work. Only because Judit and her famous photographer-father Tamas, together with Ikhlaq, give me the courage to take photos, I am able to do so. The last camera they so lovingly gave me on December 12, 2011, was worn out by now, and here is the new one for the coming years! AN OCEAN OF THANKS!
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In December 2015, two operas at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City offered another journey into the realm of reflections surrounding contemporary dilemmas. On December 7, I was able to see the operetta "Die Fledermaus! (“the Bat”), by Johann Strauss II, which premièred in 1874 in Vienna. On December 11, I had the privilege to experience Gioachino Rossini’s 1819 opera "La Donna del Lago." See some reflections.
This is the story of two operas that display the glory of honor and the destructiveness of honor – destructiveness to others, but also to oneself. La Donna del Lago starts with hailing the glory hunters can attain by killing wild beasts, and it continues with an unrelenting invocation of the glory that warriors can reap from crushing the enemy. In the operetta Die Fledermaus, we meet Prince Orlofsky, an aristocrat who is bored, not least since his raison-d’être, namely, to be a warrior who defends his royal master, is unfulfilled. He has accumulated riches and would need war to regain his true knightly identity. Being in limbo, he cynically takes to humiliating his fellow human beings by advertising ridiculous leisure activities as desirable tokens of higher class, and he uses humiliation among underlings as his entertainment. Soon after this opera was created, World War I started, with a sigh of relief among men of honor: finally, glorious action had found a new arena! The subsequent escalation toward the threat of global nuclear annihilation made unmistakably visible the suicidal character of this kind of male honor: it leads to the dance on the Titanic.
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On December 11, 2015, it was such a joy to be with Robert Carneiro, the Father of Circumscription Theory, at the American Museum of Natural History! While waiting for him, I took some photos of the hall... Robert Carneiro's office is across Margaret Mead's former office...
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December 3 - 4, 2015, Twelfth Workshop on Transforming Humiliation and Violent Conflict, representing the 26th Annual Conference of Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies (HumanDHS), titled "Honoring Alfred Nobel's Message" at Teachers College, Columbia University, New York City

Still photos:
The still photos come in several web galleries:
•  Thursday, December 3, 2015: Please click here to see all of Evelin Lindner's 211 photos of the morning of Day One
•  Thursday, December 3, 2015: Please click here to see all of Anna Strout's 80 photos of the afternoon of Day One

•  Thursday, December 3, 2015: Please click here to see all of Anna Strout's 103 photos of the Public Event
•  Thursday, December 3, 2015: Please click here to see all of Evelin Lindner's 3 photos of the Public Event

•  Friday, December 4, 2015: Please click here to see all of Anna Strout's 364 photos of Day Two
•  Friday, December 4, 2015: Please click here to see all of Evelin Lindner's 75 photos of Day Two

•  Please click here to see Hua-Chu Yen's 51 photos of both days
•  Please click here to see Rita Anita Linger's 23 photos of both days

Videos:
Thank you so much, dear Gabriela Saab and Mariana Aferraz, for stepping up and doing such wonderful video-taping! Gabriela Saab offered her support up on Day One, and Mariana Aferraz on Day Two.
Day One:
•  01 Linda Hartling Welcomes Everybody
•  02 Danielle Coon Welcomes Everybody
•  03 Linda Hartling Introduces Our Appreciative Frame
•  04 Phil Brown Explains Our Introduction Rounds
•  05 A Global Dignilogue with Evelin Lindner and Linda Hartling, Honoring the Message of Alfred Nobel and Bertha von Suttner
•  06 Michael Perlin in Pre-Planned Dignilogue 1
•  07 Alison Lynch in Pre-Planned Dignilogue 1
•  08 Gay Rosenblum-Kumar in Pre-Planned Dignilogue 1
•  09 Janet Gerson in Pre-Planned Dignilogue 1
•  10 James Shanahan in Pre-Planned Dignilogue 1
•  11 Stephen Moffic in Pre-Planned Dignilogue 1
•  12 Reinaldo Rivera in Pre-Planned Dignilogue 1
•  13 Phil Brown Explains the Co-Created Dignilogue Format
•  14 Topics Offered for Co-Created Dignilogues
•  15 Phil Brown Shapes the Co-Created Dignilogues
•  16 Co-Created Dignilogue 1 "Message to the World": James Shanahan: Shame, Power, and Healing Dynamics
•  17 Co-Created Dignilogue 2 "Message to the World": Daniel Rothbart: Systemic Humiliation: War, Tyranny, Racism
•  18 Co-Created Dignilogue 3 "Message to the World": Lyndon Harris: Gardens of Forgiveness: Bringing Attention, Curiosity, and Interconnectivity
•  19 Co-Created Dignilogue 4 "Message to the World": David Yau-Fai Ho and Caise Hassan: Transforming Madness into Dignity and Leadership Assessment

Public Event:
•  20 Public Event: Fred Ellis and His Students Sing
•  21 Public Event: Linda Hartling and Evelin Lindner in Dignilogue on the 2015 Nobel Peace Prize Nomination of Our Dignity Work
•  22 Public Event: Claudia Cohen on "Everyday Dignity"
•  23 Public Event: Tony Gaskew on "Creating Spaces for Dignity: Policing in Communities of Color"
•  24 Public Event: Phil Brown Invites Reflections
•  25 Public Event: Linda Hartling Wraps Up

Day Two:
•  26 Tony Gaskew on "Creating Spaces for Dignity: Policing in Communities of Color" II
•  27 Reinaldo Rivera Introduces Michael Britton and Invites into an "Abraco"
•  28 Michael Britton's Don Klein Memorial Lecture
•  29 David Yamada in Pre-Planned Dignilogue 2
•  30 Anne-Wyatt Brown in Pre-Planned Dignilogue 2
•  31 Ani Kalayjian in Pre-Planned Dignilogue 2
•  32 Mara Alagic in Pre-Planned Dignilogue 2
•  33 Stephanie Tice (formerly Heuer) in Pre-Planned Dignilogue 2 (due to technical reasons, unfortunately, no video is available)
•  34 Celebrating our Careholders
•  35 Pre-Planned Dignilogue 2: Afterthoughts
•  36 Christine de Michele and Anna Strout in Synchrony
•  37 David Yamada Receives the Human Dignity (Half!) Lifetime Award
•  38 Linda Hartling Receives the Human Dignity (Half!) Lifetime Award
•  39 Topics Offered for Co-Created Dignilogues
•  40 Co-Created Dignilogue 5 in Action: Bonnie Selterman: Defining the Concept of Dignity: Earned? Forfeited? Innate?
•  41 Co-Created Dignilogue 7 in Action: David Balosa: Global Intercultural Citizenship
•  42 Co-Created Dignilogue 8 in Action: Connie Dawson: Shame-based Family Systems and Reparative Rules & Mariana Vergara: Mindfulness in Action
•  43 Linda Hartling Celebrates Fluid Expertise in Shared Leadership
•  44 Co-Created Dignilogue 5 "Message to the World": Bonnie Selterman: Defining the Concept of Dignity: Earned? Forfeited? Innate?
•  45 Co-Created Dignilogue 6 "Message to the World": Christine de Michele: How Music Breaks Down Barriers and Shame
•  46 Co-Created Dignilogue 7 "Message to the World": David Balosa: Global Intercultural Citizenship
•  47 Co-Created Dignilogue 8 "Message to the World": Connie Dawson: Shame-based Family Systems and Reparative Rules & Mariana Vergara: Mindfulness in Action
•  48 Closing Ceremony

Linda Hartling & Morton Deutsch & Evelin Lindner
Linda Hartling and Evelin Lindner are the conveners of the annual workshops at Columbia University since 2003, together with honorary convener Morton Deutsch (click on the picture above, from 2014, to see it larger).
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Pictures of all of us on Day One and Two of the workshop
Dignilogue 1 on Day One of our workshop

Honorary Convenor: Morton Deutsch
Moderators: David Yamada and Connie Dawson
Seating Manager: Rick Slaven
See here a Summary of Our Dignilogue Format for you to download

Contributors:
•  Michael L. Perlin and Alison Lynch
•  Gay Rosenblum-Kumar
•  Janet Gerson
•  James Shanahan and Mark Turner (who was unfortunately hindered to join us)
•  Steven Moffic
•  Reinaldo Rivera

Still photos:
•  Thursday, December 3, 2015: Please click here to see all of Evelin Lindner's 211 photos of the morning of Day One
•  Thursday, December 3, 2015: Please click here to see all of Anna Strout's 80 photos of the afternoon of Day One
•  Thursday, December 3, 2015: Please click here to see all of Hua-Chu Yen's photos of Day One

Videos:
•  01 Linda Hartling Welcomes Everybody
•  02 Danielle Coon Welcomes Everybody
•  03 Linda Hartling Introduces Our Appreciative Frame
•  04 Phil Brown Explains Our Introduction Rounds
•  05 A Global Dignilogue with Evelin Lindner and Linda Hartling, Honoring the Message of Alfred Nobel and Bertha von Suttner
•  06 Michael Perlin in Pre-Planned Dignilogue 1
•  07 Alison Lynch in Pre-Planned Dignilogue 1
•  08 Gay Rosenblum-Kumar in Pre-Planned Dignilogue 1
•  09 Janet Gerson in Pre-Planned Dignilogue 1
•  10 James Shanahan in Pre-Planned Dignilogue 1
•  11 Stephen Moffic in Pre-Planned Dignilogue 1
•  12 Reinaldo Rivera in Pre-Planned Dignilogue 1
Phil Brown led the Turning Ideas into Action session on Day One of our workshop, in our new Co-Created Dignilogues # 1

Still photos:
•  Thursday, December 3, 2015: Please click here to see all of Evelin Lindner's 211 photos of the morning of Day One
•  Thursday, December 3, 2015: Please click here to see all of Anna Strout's 80 photos of the afternoon of Day One
•  Thursday, December 3, 2015: Please click here to see all of Hua-Chu Yen's photos of Day One

Videos:
•  13 Phil Brown Explains the Co-Created Dignilogue Format
•  14 Topics Offered for Co-Created Dignilogues
•  15 Phil Brown Shapes the Co-Created Dignilogues
•  16 Co-Created Dignilogue 1 "Message to the World": James Shanahan: Shame, Power, and Healing Dynamics
•  17 Co-Created Dignilogue 2 "Message to the World": Daniel Rothbart: Systemic Humiliation: War, Tyranny, Racism
•  18 Co-Created Dignilogue 3 "Message to the World": Lyndon Harris: Gardens of Forgiveness: Bringing Attention, Curiosity, and Interconnectivity
•  19 Co-Created Dignilogue 4 "Message to the World": David Yau-Fai Ho and Caise Hassan: Transforming Madness into Dignity and Leadership Assessment




Public Event on Day One of our workshop, titled, "Honoring Alfred Nobel's Message," Thursday, December 3, 2015

Still photos of this event:
•  Thursday, December 3, 2015: Please click here to see all of Anna Strout's 103 photos of the Public Event

• Videos:
•  20 Public Event: Fred Ellis and His Students Sing
•  21 Linda Hartling and Evelin Lindner in Dignilogue on the 2015 Nobel Peace Prize Nomination of Our Dignity Work
•  22 Claudia Cohen on "Everyday Dignity"
•  23 Tony Gaskew on "Creating Spaces for Dignity: Policing in Communities of Color"
•  24 Phil Brown Invites Reflections
•  25 Linda Hartling Wraps Up
Scrim
Michael Britton gave the Don Klein Memorial Lecture on Day Two of our workshop.
Michael uses Don's metaphor of a scrim, a transparent stage curtain, where one believes that what one sees is reality only as long as the light shines on it in a certain way: see Don's explanation.

Still photos:
•  Friday, December 4, 2015: Please click here to see all of Anna Strout's 364 photos of all of Day Two
•  Friday, December 4, 2015: Please click here to see all of Hua-Chu Yen's photos of Day Two
•  Friday, December 4, 2015: Please click here to see all of Evelin Lindner's 75 photos of Day Two

Videos:
•  26 Tony Gaskew on "Creating Spaces for Dignity: Policing in Communities of Color" II
•  27 Reinaldo Rivera Introduces Michael Britton and Invites into an "Abraco"
•  28 Michael Britton's Don Klein Memorial Lecture
Dignilogue 2 on Day Two of our workshop

Honorary Convenor: Morton Deutsch
Moderators: Michael L. Perlin and Gabriela Saab
Seating Manager: Rick Slaven

Contributors:
•  David C. Yamada
•  Anne Wyatt-Brown
•  Ani Kalayjian
•  Mara Alagic
•  Stephanie "Safa" Tice (formerly Heuer)

Still photos:
•  Friday, December 4, 2015: Please click here to see all of Anna Strout's 364 photos of all of Day Two
•  Friday, December 4, 2015: Please click here to see all of Hua-Chu Yen's photos of Day Two
•  Friday, December 4, 2015: Please click here to see all of Evelin Lindner's 75 photos of Day Two

Videos:
•  26 Tony Gaskew on "Creating Spaces for Dignity: Policing in Communities of Color" II
•  27 Reinaldo Rivera Introduces Michael Britton and Invites into an "Abraco"
•  28 Michael Britton's Don Klein Memorial Lecture
•  29 David Yamada in Pre-Planned Dignilogue 2
•  30 Anne-Wyatt Brown in Pre-Planned Dignilogue 2
•  31 Ani Kalayjian in Pre-Planned Dignilogue 2
•  32 Mara Alagic in Pre-Planned Dignilogue 2
•  33 Stephanie Tice (formerly Heuer) in Pre-Planned Dignilogue 2 (due to technical reasons, unfortunately, no video is available)


Recognitions, Remembrances, and Awards on Friday, December 4, 2015, Day Two of the 2015 Workshop of Humiliation and Violent Conflict!
David Yamada and Linda Hartling received the Human Dignity (Half!) Lifetime Award!

Still photos:
•  Friday, December 4, 2015: Please click here to see all of Anna Strout's 364 photos of all of Day Two
•  Friday, December 4, 2015: Please click here to see all of Hua-Chu Yen's photos of Day Two
•  Friday, December 4, 2015: Please click here to see all of Evelin Lindner's 75 photos of Day Two

Videos:
•  34 Celebrating our Careholders
•  35 Pre-Planned Dignilogue 2: Afterthoughts
•  36 Christine de Michele and Anna Strout in Synchrony
•  37 David Yamada Receives the Human Dignity (Half!) Lifetime Award
•  38 Linda Hartling Receives the Human Dignity (Half!) Lifetime Award
Turning Ideas into Action session on Day Two of our workshop, in our new Co-Created Dignilogues # 2

Still photos:
•  Friday, December 4, 2015: Please click here to see all of Anna Strout's 364 photos of all of Day Two
•  Friday, December 4, 2015: Please click here to see all of Hua-Chu Yen's photos of Day Two
•  Friday, December 4, 2015: Please click here to see all of Evelin Lindner's 75 photos of Day Two

Videos:
•  39 Topics Offered for Co-Created Dignilogues
•  40 Co-Created Dignilogue 5 in Action: Bonnie Selterman: Defining the Concept of Dignity: Earned? Forfeited? Innate?
•  41 Co-Created Dignilogue 7 in Action: David Balosa: Global Intercultural Citizenship
•  42 Co-Created Dignilogue 8 in Action: Connie Dawson: Shame-based Family Systems and Reparative Rules & Mariana Vergara: Mindfulness in Action
•  43 Linda Hartling Celebrates Fluid Expertise in Shared Leadership
•  44 Co-Created Dignilogue 5 "Message to the World": Bonnie Selterman: Defining the Concept of Dignity: Earned? Forfeited? Innate?
•  45 Co-Created Dignilogue 6 "Message to the World": Christine de Michele: How Music Breaks Down Barriers and Shame
•  46 Co-Created Dignilogue 7 "Message to the World": David Balosa: Global Intercultural Citizenship
•  47 Co-Created Dignilogue 8 "Message to the World": Connie Dawson: Shame-based Family Systems and Reparative Rules & Mariana Vergara: Mindfulness in Action

Closing our workshop on Day Two

Still photos:
•  Friday, December 4, 2015: Please click here to see all of Anna Strout's 364 photos of all of Day Two
•  Friday, December 4, 2015: Please click here to see all of Hua-Chu Yen's photos of Day Two
•  Friday, December 4, 2015: Please click here to see all of Evelin Lindner's 75 photos of Day Two

Video:
•  48 Closing Ceremony

David Yamada sang with us:
What a Wonderful World
Louis Armstrong
I see trees of green, red roses, too,
I see them bloom, for me and you
And I think to myself
What a wonderful world.
I see skies of blue, and clouds of white,
The bright blessed day, the dark sacred night
And I think to myself
What a wonderful world.
The colors of the rainbow, so pretty in the sky,
Are also on the faces of people going by.
I see friends shaking hands, sayin', "How do you do?"
They're really sayin', "I love you."
I hear babies cryin'. I watch them grow.
They'll learn much more than I'll ever know
And I think to myself
What a wonderful world!

Thank-you!

On December 17, 2015, Linda Hartling thanks all participants with a lovely photo collage!
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December 2, 2015, board meeting with our dear David Yamada as new board member! Welcome! Our dear Linda was leading the meeting as lovingly as always, with dear Rick Slaven, our Director of Dignifunding, and with Anne Wyatt-Brown, Janet Gerson, and Gay Rosenblum-Kumar. Our dear Uli Spalthoff participated from Ludwigsburg in Germany via Skype!
Please see:
Good News December 2015
• Ulrich Spalthoff: The Dignity Press flyer of 2015
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November 29, 2015: to be invited by dear Morton and Lydia Deutsch to our annual dinner was an extraordinary pleasure, joy, privilege, and honor!
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On November 25, 2015, Puccini's opera Tosca at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City was yet another opera that defied the myth that opera is boring stuff for ignorant people who live in the past, who have too much money and too much time to invest it into snobbish status show-offs (I always get the least-costly seats with partial view half a year ahead, since I live almost without money). Also this opera was and is scandalous and educational. See some reflections.
Liudmyla Monastyrska was Tosca. She is from Kiev, Ukraine, married, with two children. She says: "Opera singers are considered elite abroad, and they have corresponding wages. I would like a renaissance of academic music to start in our country too.” in Day Kiev, August 23, 2011.
• Please click on the picture above to see the program of the opera.




On November 24, 2015, it was an immense privilege to be with dear Morton Deutsch, E. L. Thorndike Professor Emeritus of Psychology and Education, and Director Emeritus of the Morton Deutsch International Center for Cooperation and Conflict Resolution (MD-ICCCR), Teachers College, Columbia University, New York City, U.S.A.
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On November 24, 2015, it was fascinating to follow a discussion with Marija Grujic and Tatjana Rosic Ilic at the Njegos Endowment for Serbian Language and Culture at Columbia University's East Central European Center and the Harriman Institute.
Marija Grujic gave a presentation entitled "Gender, Politics and Urban/Rural Division in Popular Culture in Late Yugoslav/Early Post-Yugoslav Period." The talk illuminated intersections of gender and politics, reflected across the line of urban/rural division in popular culture of late Yugoslav period, and early years of so called post-socialist transition. While the period of the late 1980s, confronted with the early 1990s, was marked by political, social and economic transition, due to the fall of state-socialist system, it occurs that its end has also brought the other turning points and challenges in symbolic representations of gender and politics in popular culture in the region. One of the particular points of reference is exploring how politics of gender representation shaped the understanding of urban/rural divide in films and popular music, and understanding of gender politics which corresponded with the period of crucial political transformations in Europe at the time.
Tatjana Rosic Ilic presented on "Metaphor Of (Lost) Reign: Policies Of Paternity And Post-Yugoslav Cultural Space." Starting from the thesis that concepts of fatherhood are deeply metaphorically related to the concepts of political power the paper discuses new policy of representations of the fatherhood in the context of the post-Yugoslav regional culture of memory. The dynamics of the father-son relationship has always had a very important place in the literary work of Yugoslav writers, especially because of the ideological and social importance which ambivalent father-son relationship has had in the highly masculinist and masculinized culture of the region.
Marija Grujic has received her PhD degree in Comparative Gender Studies at Central European University in Budapest. Her doctoral dissertation explored the close intersection between turbo-folk music, gender representations and post-socialist Serbian national identity. She works as an academic researcher at the Institute for Literature and Art in Belgrade, while she is currently also a visiting research fellow at Freie University Berlin.
Tatjana Rosic Ilic is Associate Professor of writing, literature, gender and media studies at the Faculty of Media and Communications, Singidunum University, Belgrade, and research fellow at the Institute for Literature and Arts, Belgrade. Visiting professor at PhD Program at Philological-Art School, Kragujevac University. Current fields of research are critical masculinity studies, post-Yugoslav and Balkan studies, art/literature studies and activism.
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On November 24, 2014, I had the immense privilege of being invited to our annual lunch by Beth Fisher-Yoshida, Academic Director of a new Master of Science in Negotiation and Conflict Resolution at The School of Professional Studies (former School of Continuing Education) under the new Dean Jason Wingard, at Columbia University, New York City, U.S.A.
And how lovely it was, to reconnect with Connie Sun, who works with Beth and is also an Asian-American cartoonist who loves all things creative. In August 2011, she started with the goal of drawing and posting an illustrated status message a day and hasn't stopped since. On weekday mornings, she gets up, draws a cartoon, and posts whatever she can manage to before going to work. She says: "I began cartooning to find my voice. Still searching, but I've learned that the attempt is everything."
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On November 23, 2015, the film "Racing Extinction" by Louie Psihoyos was shown by the Advanced Consortium on Cooperation, Conflict, and Complexity (AC4), in Milbank Chapel at Teachers College, Columbia University, in an advance screening one week before its global release.
• Please click on the picture above to get to the film's website.




On November 23, 2015, it was a great privilege of honoring our dear Liz Hernandez with our Beacon of Dignity Award!
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On November 23, 2015, what a fascinating and enriching evening it was to bring musicologist Hroar Klempe together with sitar master Ikhlaq Hussain! His CDs "Destiny" and "Perfume of God" can be accessed from ITunes (only downloadable music) and CDbaby (CD and downloadable music). Ikhlaq has been following the style of Ustad Vilayat Khan Gayaki, as has also his father Ustad Imdad Hussain. Ikhlaq has also been a disciple of Pandit Ravi Shankar, whose style is different.
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On November 21, 2015, it was a great experience to see Lulu, by Alban Berg, at the Metropolitan Opera. See some reflections.
Also this was yet another opera that defied the myth that opera is boring stuff for ignorant people who live in the past, who have too much money and too much time to invest it into snobbish status show-offs (I always get the least-costly seats with partial view half a year ahead, since I live almost without money). Also this opera was and is scandalous and educational.
• Please click on the picture above to see the synopsis.




On November 19, 2015, it was such a wonderful suprise to meet our dear Christine de Michele just by chance in the neighborhood!
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On November 19, 2015, it was an immense privilege of being with dear Claudia Cohen, Senior Lecturer in the Social-Organizational Program at Teachers College and the former the Associate Director of the Morton Deutsch International Center for Cooperation and Conflict Resolution (MD-ICCCR), for our annual lunch!
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On November 18, 2015, I had the immense privilege of being invited to the annual luncheon given by Susan Fuhrman, the President of Teachers College at Columbia University in New York City, United States of America, and being able to express my great appreciation for the work she and her colleagues are doing. See also my dear "TC mother" Samantha Lu, and amazing Portia Wiiliams and Christina Joseph!
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On November 18, 2015, I had the great joy of reconnecting with dear Alba Taveras, who is now working with the Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies at the International Affairs Building of the School of International and Public Affairs, at Columbia University, New York City, United States of America.
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On November 18, 2015, I had the great joy of being with brilliant Peter T. Coleman, Director of the Morton Deutsch International Center for Cooperation and Conflict Resolution (MD-ICCCR), and dear colleages, see amazing Molly Clark and Charlott Macek!
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On November 14, 2015, it was a joy for which I have no words to follow dear Ariel's wonderful idea and Janet's gracious hospitality and come together for our "Gaby" gathering! Gabriela Saab, our dignity family member from São Paulo and her friend Mariana were the "reason" for our sharing, with Karen, Judit, Francis, David, Ken, and Amy! Mariana took the photo, and Gay, Jill, and Ann had already left, unfortunately, when we took that photo!
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On November 13, 2015, it was such a privilege to be with my dear MD-ICCCR family! From left Kim Nguyen, Andrew Pham, Suzanne Lipton, Danielle Coon.
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On November 12, 2015, it was such a privilege to be invited by my dear Judit Révèsz to Carol Lin of Nanlaoshu: Taiji, Qigong, Meditation. I learned Silk Reeling (see examples on YouTube)!
• Please click on the picture above to see the Nanlaoshu website.



On November 12, 2015, a screening of the film Seeking Truth in the Balkans opened the event "20th Anniversary of the Dayton Peace Accords: Bosnia's Uncharted Future and Balkan Lessons for Global Application," at Columbia University's Morningside Campus Rennert Hall at the Kraft Center. Keynote address Kati Marton.
• Please click on the picture above to see the website of the film.

November 13, 2015:
The socio-political consequences of Dayton for Bosnia and the Western Balkans: Dario Cepo (University of Zagreb), James Lyon (University of Gratz), Marija Sajkas (media expert and writer), Jessie Hronesova (University of Oxford), moderated by Jasmin Mujanovic (York University)
Dayton Lessons for Conflict-Stricken States: Ivana Cvetkovic Bajrovic (NED Europe director), Matthew Hodes (UN Alliance of Civilizations), Jennifer Trahan (NYU School of Global Affairs), Tanya Domi (Harriman Institute), moderated by Anna de Lellio (NYU and New School).
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On November 11, 2015, it was such a privilege to be invited by Hroar Klempe to listen to Jean-Yves Thibaudet in Carnegie Hall.
Thibaudet impressed with his style on all levels, as explained in this article from May 9th, 2003: "Pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Style at the Keyboard."
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On November 8, 2015, it was such a joy to have my first annual visit to my beloved sister Judit Révèsz and brother Ikhlaq Hussain.
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On November 8, 2015, I had my annual visit to China Town. Mike Chong and Suzy Tsang had to close down their shop in 343 Canal Street, New York, NY 10013. I had the privilege of meeting with Yuan (from Guangdong Province) and Mandy (from Hong Kong) in their shop "Jewellers and Gifts, Inc.," 315 Canal Street, NY 10013. They shared with me what already Mike Chong had told me last year: there are fewer customers now, particularly after storm Sandy, yet, the biggest problem is the house rent. Yuan: "We work for the landlord..."
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On November 7, 2015, the opera Turandot by Giacomo Puccini, based on an earlier text by Carlo Gozzi, offered another journey into the realm of reflections surrounding contemporary dilemmas. As I concluded in my book on Gender, Humiliation, and Global Security, there is a deep link between gender roles and the security dilemma. In the past, it could only be the "crazy" dream of one woman, in this case Turandot, to resist war and its cruelty by using the tools of her time for denying to participate. Turandot did so by first placing the hurdles for any suitor too high, and even when one suitor succeeded to gain her hand, she implored her father to refrain from giving her away like a slave. Today, the Nobel Peace Prize is intended for people who work for ending war. And women are no longer to be treated like chattel. And what I call Big Love in my book, is more than just a personal experience of love, as for Turandot, it needs to become a global culture if Homo sapiens is to find a future worth living in.
The Venetian playwright Count Carlo Gozzi (1720–1806) was dedicated to preserving Tuscan literature from foreign (French) influence. His "enemy" was Carlo Osvaldo Goldoni (1707–1793), who admired Molière. In 1757, their dispute became so bitter that Goldoni left Venice and moved to Paris in 1761.
Gozzi stood for the tradition of the 16th-century Italian dramatic form of commedia dell'arte all'improvviso, or "comedy of the craft of improvisation," which was vernacular and brought theatrical performances closer to the people than the contemporary commedia erudita or learned comedy. The latter followed scripts written in Latin or Italian that were based on the scholarly works of earlier Italian and ancient Roman authors, and, as this was not easily comprehensible to the general public, these plays were performed for the nobility. Commedia dell'arte was performed by professional actors (comici) who perfected a specific role or mask that represented fixed social types, stock characters, such as foolish old men, devious servants, or military officers full of false bravado.
Goldoni, in contrast, was inspired by the Humanist movement, and the study of philosophy. His plays promoted rationality, civility, and humanism, critiquing arrogance, intolerance, and the abuse of power. To him, commedia dell’arte was a tradition that was "somewhat stale, too often dominated by crude humour and vulgarity... too limited a means to give theatrical consideration to the world in which he and his audience lived." Also here, we see a development from culture as a reserve for elites being democratized, brought to the people. First, and this is Gozzi’s mission, this is done by using “bread and circus” attractions, including fairy dramas, a superficiality that disgusts Goldoni. Goldoni democratizes elite culture in a more radical way. He develops deep insights into the human psyche and uses this insight to turn it against elite arrogance. In 1765 he became a tutor at the court of Versailles, his small state pension, paid by the Royal Civil List, which ended by 1792, after the French revolution. Interestingly, the National Convention, the assembly that governed France during the most critical period of the French Revolution. voted to restore his pension, unfortunately, only the day after his death. Yet, this decision underscores the achievement of Gondoli of truly democratizing elite culture.
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On November 6, 2015, it was a great pleasure to listen to Efrat Ginot giving a talk on "A Neuropsychological Model of Unconscious Processes and Therapeutic Change." The Metropolitan Institute for Training in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, the Metropolitan Center for Mental Health, and The Metropolitan Society of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapists had invited to this Scientific Meeting.
Efrat Ginot, PhD, is a graduate of the NYU Postdoctoral Program for Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis, is a psychologist-psychoanalyst in private practice in NYC. Her published papers have integrated neuropsychology and psychoanalytic processes, and she received the 2002 Gradiva Award for best article. Ginot is an instructor at the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy and a supervisor at the Fifth Avenue Center for Counseling and Psychotherapy. She is also an artist.
This was the summary of her talk:
"The neuropsychological model of the unconscious presented here seeks to tackle recurrent difficulties that often confront both therapists and patients; the perniciousness of repetition and the difficulties involved in therapeutic change. For example, why are emotional and behavioral difficulties so enduring, stubborn, and repetitive even when we gain insight? Why do people continue to engage in behaviors and interactions that cause misery to themselves and others? Why is so difficult to regulate affective states? With a growing neuropsychological picture of unconscious processes it is becoming clear that unconscious-conscious patterns are resistant to change, but not necessarily because of dynamically-motivated defensive reasons; the resistance is built into the machinery of the brain/mind. Consequently, an integrated neuropsychological model of the unconscious-conscious continuum will greatly expand our understanding of the all too human difficulties both patients and therapists experience. The psychotherapeutic implications of a neuropsychological model of the unconscious will be discussed."

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On November 5, 2015, it was a great privilege to be back at Maria Volpe's Monthly Roundtable Breakfast, hosted by the CUNY Dispute Resolution Center at John Jay College and The Association for Conflict Resolution of Greater New York, with many dear friends attending, among them Reinaldo Rivera.
This time, the topic was:
Facilitation of the New York City Stop and Frisk Joint Remedial Process: Progress and Dialogue
by Judge Ariel E. Belen (Ret.) of JAMS


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On November 4, 2015, it was very interesting to listen to Martin Winn speaking on "The Subject and the Social Link," in preparation for an upcoming colloquium in Tucumán in Argentina on "Psychoanalysis, Savoir-faire and the Social Link." Winn is a psychoanalyst practicing in New York and an analyst, supervisor, and member of Après-Coup Psychoanalytic Association. His explanations of Jacques Lacan's views on the discourses of the master, the hysteric, the analyst, and the capitalist were fascinating, the discourse of the capitalist not being a discourse anymore, only a solitary empty promise. I am still intrigued why psychoanalysis is so prominent in Argentina - I had the privilege of getting to know Carlos Guillermo Bigliani and his daughter Ferreira Valeria in 2012, incidentially after having had passed through Tucumán by bus on my way from Mendoza to Santa Cruz in Bolivia. While living in Egypt (1984-1991), I read all Lacan, Lévi-Strauss, Marcel Mauss, and much of the structuralists (in French) for my planned doctoral thesis (in German) on Egypt.
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On October 31, 2015, the moral universe of the opera Tannhäuser by Wagner reminded me of the Islamic State (IS). It was altogether an event that taught me a lot. In the second break, I experienced a drama of my own. You are invited to read what happened here.
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On 12th October 2015, I visited the The Memorium Nuremberg Trials, in the Nuremberg Palace of Justice / Justizpalast, a building complex in Nuremberg / Nürnberg, Bavaria / Bayern, Germany, the location of the Nuremberg trials that were held there from 1945 to 1949 for the main surviving German war criminals of World War II. I was particularly impressed by the talk given by Benjamin Ferencz in 2003 in Salzburg that was shown as a video.
It was here, in court room 600, that chief United States prosecutor at the Nuremberg Trials, Robert H. Jackson, gave his historically significant Opening Statement. The Robert H. Jackson Center envisions a global society where the universal principles of equality, fairness and justice prevail.
The picture at the bottom shows the head of medusa, together with the two foundations for modern law, on the left German law and on the left Roman law, both symbolized by statues of young men. At the top sin is symbolized by Adam, Eve, and the snake.
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On 12th October 2015, I visited the Nuremberg Castle / Nürnberger Burg, in Nuremberg / Nürnberg, Bavaria / Bayern, Germany, considered to be one of Europe's most formidable medieval fortifications. It comprises three sections: the Imperial castle (Kaiserburg), some buildings of the Burgraves of Nuremberg (Burggrafenburg), and the municipal buildings of the Imperial City at the eastern site (Reichsstädtische Bauten).
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On 12th October 2015, I visited the Way of Human Rights / Straße der Menschenrechte in Nuremberg / Nürnberg, Germany.
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On 11th October 2015, I had the great privilege of being shown around by Rainer Rosenzweig in his extraordinary the hands-on science center turmdersinne ("Tower of the Sense") in Nuremberg / Nürnberg, Germany. The aim of this impressive work is to show and make palpabe how our brain constructs what we perceive, without us being in conscious control of this process. Knowing about this fact can help us to learn appropriate humility and caution with respect to how sure we are, or can be, of what we believe to see and to know.

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From 9 - 11th October 2015, it was a great privilege to be invited to the
2015 Symposium "Gehirne zwischen Liebe und Krieg - Menschlichkeit in Zeiten der Neurowissenschaften" (Pdf)
gemeinnützige Turm der Sinne GmbH, Nuremberg / Nürnberg, Germany.
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This was the title of my contribution on 11th October 2015:
"Von Demütigung zu Terror und Krieg: Erniedrigung kann zu Gewalt führen, kann sie auch zu Liebe führen?" (Pdf | Pdf)
See turmdersinne's blog, see Evelin's bio, and an article in Nürnberger Nachrichten, 24th September 2015.
• Zusammenfassung: Psychischer Schmerz wird im Gehirn wie physischer Schmerz verarbeitet und das Erleben anderer kann wie eigenes Erleben erfahren werden kann. Wenn andere Menschen Demütigung, Erniedrigung und Kränkung erleiden, auch wenn es geographisch weit entfernt ist, kann es wie eigene Verletzung gefühlt werden. Seit Medien und Internet das Leiden anderer immer näher bringen, wird dieses Phänomen verstärkt. Gefühle von Demütigung können zu Apathie und Depression, aber auch zu Hilfsbereitschaft und Gewaltbereitschaft führen. Nicht nur Deutschlands Geschichte, dass mit Hilfe von kollektiven Demütigungsnarrativen die Enttäuschungen Einzelner so gebündelt werden kann, dass ganze Völker in den Krieg und das Begehen von Völkermord und Terror geführt werden können. Auch die Einrichtung systemischer Demütigung kann als "Rettung" empfunden In diesem Kontext kann die Antwort mit systemischer Demütigung als "Rettung" empfunden werden - Apartheid, wie sie von einem Professor der Psychologie konzipiert wurde, ist ein Beispiel. Gefühle der Demütigung entstehen unter anderem, wenn Versprechen von Respekt nicht eingehalten werden. Menschenrechtsideale der gleichen Menschenwürde für alle, zum Beispiel, repräsentieren ein solches Versprechen, und leere Menschenrechtsrhetorik und doppelte Standards wirken doppelt kränkend. Wenn die daraus entstehenden Reaktionen fehlinterpretiert werden und zu kontraproduktiven Gegenmitteln gegriffen wird, kann es zu unnötigen Kreisläufen der gegenseitigen Demütigung führen. Bewusstseinsbildung im Sinne eines Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Paulo Freire oder Nelson Mandela kann helfen, von einer Kultur des Krieges, in der Demütigung anderer als Lösung gesehen wird, zu einer Kultur der globalen Einigkeit zu gelangen, in der kulturelle und ökologische Vielfalt im Kontext gleicher Menschenwürde für alle gedeihen kann. Wissenschaftler, die die Einsicht und Demut besitzen, sich ihrer gesellschaftlichen Abhängigkeit und Verantwortung bewusst zu sein, können dabei helfen.
Dr. Dr. Evelin Lindner ist promovierte Medizinerin und Psychologin. Sie ist Mitbegründerin der World Dignity University Initiative und mit der Uni Oslo, der Columbia University in New York und dem Maison des Sciences de l‘Homme in Paris assoziiert. Als Gründungspräsidentin von Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies, einem weltweiten transdisziplinären Netzwerk von Wissenschaftlern und Praktikern, ist sie für den Friedensnobelpreis 2015 nominiert.



On 8th October 2015, I honored the chief United States prosecutor at the Nuremberg Trials, Robert H. Jackson, bei paying a visit to the house where he lived at the time of the trials. It was in this location that chief United States prosecutor at the Nuremberg Trials, Robert H. Jackson, prepared his historically significant Opening Statement. The Robert H. Jackson Center envisions a global society where the universal principles of equality, fairness and justice prevail.
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On 7th October 2015, I visited the Documentation Centre Nazi Party Rally Grounds.
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It was a great privilege to be together with my dear and esteemed PhD supervisor Reidar Ommundsen on 12th August 2015 in Oslo!
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It was a great privilege to be together with Inga Bostad, Director of the Norwegian Centre for Human Rights of the University of Oslo, Norway, and Zehlia Babaci-Wilhite, just on her way to Berkely, on 11th August 2015 in Oslo!
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27th July and December 2015: It is such an honor that George Riad Krohn created such a wonderful water color painting of a photo he took when he and his wife Elisabeth paid me a visit on 27th July on Nøtterøy. George Riad Krohn was born in Alexandria in Egypt 1981. ​He barely avoided being arrested for making his freed motives. He is now living in Norway with his family.
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In July 2015 Ragnhild Nilsen was honored with the Beacon of Dignity Award for her longstanding work for dignity around the world. She received the award from the World Dignity University Initiative, which is part of the Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies (HumanDHS) network, for her countless efforts – and this is only one example among very many – for her volunteer work with fair trade, bringing dignity to thousands of textile workers in the world, especially in Egypt. She organized a Fashion Revolution Day on April 24, 2015, commemorating the 1320 textile workers who died in Bangladesh when their factory collapsed. She has done great work with global leadership development especially for women in countries where women do not receive adequate support. Last but not least, it is her musical dignity work as artist Arctic Queen, which is being recognized with this award. Her touching music, art installations, and beautiful poetic writing awaken us from meek complacency and move us to transformative and healing action.
We thank Ragnhild Andersen for recording this video with Ragnhild and Evelin Lindner, Founding President of HumanDHS, on 30th July 2015. The date of the official award ceremony was 28th July. The ceremony was concluded by this video event. The event took place in Flekkerøya, in the south of Norway.

Norwegian: I juli 2015 blir Ragnhild Nilsen æret med Beacon of Dignity Award for hennes mangeårig arbeid for verdighet verden rundt. Hun får prisen fra World Dignity University initiativet, som er del av Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies nettverket, for hennes mangfoldig innsats, for eksempel for hennes frivillige arbeid med fair trade og for å gi verdighet til mange tusen tekstilarbeidere i verden, spesielt i Egypt. Hun fikk på plass Fashion Revolution Day den 24. april 2015, til minne om 1320 tekstilarbeidere som døde i Bangladesh da fabrikken deres kollapset. Hun har gjort et stort arbeid med global lederutvikling spesielt for kvinner i land hvor kvinner ikke får tilstrekkelig støtte. Sist, men ikke minst er det hennes musiske verdighets arbeid som artisten Arctic Queen som blir anerkjent med denne prisen. Hennes berørende musikk, kunstneriske installasjoner og vakre, poetiske bøker vekker oss fra feig selvgodhet og beveger oss til transformasjon og helbredende handlinger.

See here a quote from the very personal message on the occation of awarding the Beacon of Dignity Award to Ragnhild, words formulated on by Evelin in her capacity as Founding President of the global Human Dignity and Huniliation Studies fellowship 28th July 2015:
"Dearest beloved Ragnhild! Please accept the following words, which I want to inscribe deep into your heart today! I want that the entire planet hears my words, that your family and all your friends hear these words!
You, my dearest Ragnhild, YOU are a Beacon that makes the Universe shine as never before, YOU are a Beacon of Dignity as the world has seen NONE BEFORE! I know you now since 21 years, and very few people had the opportunity to be given such deep insight into your thoughts and deeds as I do. I can attest that names such as Nelson Mandela and Mahatma Gandhi come to mind when one thinks of you!
YOU, my dearest Ragnhild, are a soul, a human being, a woman, who brings profound healing into this world, and you do this in many different ways! You do this on all levels of being and activity that is imaginable, from wonderfully artful singing, writing, and speaking, to even the most down-to-earth economic creativity!
I wish to make you cry, and I wish to make all people who are listening now, cry. I wish that you all, who listen now, cry from being touched, deeply touched in your hearts and souls, by the love that YOU, dearest Ragnhild, give to us all, give to this world. It is a love that is so unconditional, so unending, so unlimited, so deep, so universal, and so warm that only eyes of love can fathom its depth.
I feel profoundly privileged of having been allowed to be in the light of your love since 21 years, my dearest sister, and I have seen how profoundly healing your love has touched others, in the moment they opened up to it. I know, many of us are so busy, so much part of our modern 'rat-race' that we have no time to look at the sky. YOU, dear Ragnhild, you do more than look at the sky, YOU bring the sky to all of us!
This award shall honor and acknowledge you for all the years of love work and dignity work that you have gifted to us and this world, and it shall open the eyes and hearts of all those people whom you will meet on the path that your life will lead you in the coming decades. I call upon all of you, who listen now, to go to dear Ragnhild in the course of this evening, and honor her, and open your heart to the deep love that Ragnhild can teach us all.
Congratulations to YOU, dear Ragnhild, also with another recognition! We have good news for our global dignity movement: as representative of our work, I have been nominated for the 2015 Nobel Peace Prize. We are very thankful for this nomination as it is an wonderful sign of appreciation for our work. Congratulations also to YOU, dear friend, because our dignity work is based on the African Ubuntu philosophy of 'I am because of you!' and YOUR dignity work is crucial for our global dignity movement! This nomination is about encouragement for all of us."

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On the 17th July, 2015, it was such a privilege that dear Gerdelin invited us all into her paradise on Brøtsø south of Oslo, in Norway! Mai-Bente, Fredrik, Lisbeth, Per, Trine, and I, we shared all our adventures!
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25th Annual Conference of Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies, in Kigali, Rwanda
2nd - 5th June 2015
In the spirit of the United Nations agenda toward 'A Life of Dignity for All', in the spirit of Umuganda, 'coming together in common purpose' (the traditional practice of communities self-solving their problems), and as a tribute to Felicitas Niyitegeka

Local Inspirers, Organisers, Conveners, and Hosts
Inspirer and Convener
Emmanuel Ndahimana
Emmanuel Ndahimana

Hosting Organisation
NURC
National Unity and Reconciliation Commission (NURC)

Still pictures:
Thank you most warmly, dear Nira Shahaf, for taking such wonderful photos!
Day One, 2nd June 2015:
See all the 82 photos from Evelin's camera
Day Two, 3rd June 2015:
See all the 33 photos from Evelin's camera
Day Three, 4th June 2015:
See all the 87 photos from Evelin's camera
Day Four, 5th June 2015:
See all the 120 photos from Evelin's camera
• See also our Dignilogue Themes and our Appreciative Introductions


Videos:
Thank you most warmly, dear Mark Itallange and Francis Nuwagaba, for your hard work in recording most of our videos!

Day Three, 4th June 2015, Public Event
• 01 Johnson Mugaga Invites The Honourable Bishop John Rucyahana
• 02 Emmanuel Ndahimana Welcomes Everybody
• 03 The Honourable Bishop John Rucyahana Speaks
• 04 Johnson Mugaga Speaks on Rwandan Identity and Reconciliation
• 05 Odette Yankulije Speaks on the Gacaca Experience
• 06 Jean Damascène Gasanabo Speaks on Fighting Against Genocide Denial
• 07 Jean Damascène Gasanabo and Odette Yankulije in Dignilogue
• 08 Reflections by Emmanuel Ndahimana and Johnson Mugaga
• 09 Hélène Lewis Speaks on Healing the Wounds of Humiliation
• 10 Magnus Haavelsrud Speaks on Preventing Humiliation Through Education
• 11 Hélène Lewis and Magnus Haavelsrud in Dignilogue
• 12 A Little Taste of the Atmosphere in the Conference
• 13 Father Jean d'Amour Dusengumuremyi Honours Felicitas Niyitegeka
• 14 Beacon of Dignity Award Ceremony: The Beacon of Dignity Award was awarded to The Honourable Bishop John Rucyahana and Emmanuel Ndahimana, and to Dr. Jean Baptiste Habyalimana, accepted by Johnson Mugaga
• 15 Seif Sekalala Shares Words of Appreciation
• 16 Closing Remarks by Bishop John Rucyahana, and by Evelin Lindner

Day Four, 5th June 2015: Dignilogue Summaries
• 17 Hélène Lewis' Dignilogue Summary
• 18 Emmanuel Ndahimana's Dignilogue Summary, together with Professor Déo Mbonyinkebe Sebahire
• 19 Warner Woodworth Shares His Dignilogue Summary
• 20 Mark Robert Massalu Itallange Shares His Dignilogue Summary
• 21 Avi Shahaf Shares His Dignilogue Summary

Day Four, 5th June 2015: Appreciative Greetings
• 22 Francis Nuwagaba Shares Appreciative Greetings
• 23 Emmanuel Ndahimana Shares Appreciative Greetings
• 24 Mark Robert Massalu Itallange Shares Appreciative Greetings
• 25 Magnus Haavelsrud Shares Appreciative Greetings
• 26 Grace Kiconco Sirrah Shares Appreciative Greetings
• 27 Augustine Aggrey Muloki Shares Appreciative Greetings
• 28 Nira Shahaf Shares Appreciative Greetings
• 29 Ernest Bessango Shares Appreciative Greetings
• 30 Warner Woodworth Shares Appreciative Greetings
• 31 Uli Spalthoff Shares Appreciative Greetings
• 32 Evelin Lindner Shares Appreciative Greetings

(Important note to our conference particants: During our conference, we asked for your permission to have your pictures posted here, however, if you changed your mind since, either in total or for specific pictures/videos, please let us know! Thank you! Since we wish to walk the talk of dignity, it is very important for us to do our utmost in respecting everybody's privacy. We refrain from gathering written permissions from you during our conferences, since we value the building of mutual trust in relationships, and we also would like to refrain from contributing to an ever more bureaucratic and legalistic society.)






Day One, 2nd June 2015
The conference started at NURC on 2nd June at 9.00 in the morning. From there, participants proceeded to the Foyer de Charité Sainte Trinité de Rebero Kigali, where the main conference took place, first with introductions, and then with the planning of the Dignilogues for the rest of the conference.
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Thank you most warmly, dear Nira Shahaf, for taking such wonderful photos!
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• See also our Dignilogue Themes and our Appreciative Introductions


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Day Two, 3rd June 2015
We first visited the Kigali Genocide Memorial of Gisozi, then were generously invited by NURC to have lunch in Umubano hotel, before returning to the Foyer de Charité to have Dignilogues.
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• See also our Dignilogue Themes and our Appreciative Introductions








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Day Three, 4th June 2015, Public Event
• Please click on the picture or here to see all 87 photos of Day Three from Evelin's camera
Thank you most warmly, dear Nira Shahaf, for taking such wonderful photos!
• See also our Dignilogue Themes and our Appreciative Introductions

Videos:
Thank you most warmly, dear Mark Itallange and Francis Nuwagaba, for your hard work in recording most of our videos!

Day Three, 4th June 2015, Public Event
• 01 Johnson Mugaga Invites The Honourable Bishop John Rucyahana
• 02 Emmanuel Ndahimana Welcomes Everybody
• 03 The Honourable Bishop John Rucyahana Speaks
• 04 Johnson Mugaga Speaks on Rwandan Identity and Reconciliation
• 05 Odette Yankulije Speaks on the Gacaca Experience
• 06 Jean Damascène Gasanabo Speaks on Fighting Against Genocide Denial
• 07 Jean Damascène Gasanabo and Odette Yankulije in Dignilogue
• 08 Reflections by Emmanuel Ndahimana and Johnson Mugaga
• 09 Hélène Lewis Speaks on Healing the Wounds of Humiliation
• 10 Magnus Haavelsrud Speaks on Preventing Humiliation Through Education
• 11 Hélène Lewis and Magnus Haavelsrud in Dignilogue
• 12 A Little Taste of the Atmosphere in the Conference
• 13 Father Jean d'Amour Dusengumuremyi Honours Felicitas Niyitegeka
• 14 Beacon of Dignity Award Ceremony: The Beacon of Dignity Award was awarded to The Honourable Bishop John Rucyahana and Emmanuel Ndahimana, and to Dr. Jean Baptiste Habyalimana, accepted by Johnson Mugaga
• 15 Seif Sekalala Shares Words of Appreciation
• 16 Closing Remarks by Bishop John Rucyahana, and by Evelin Lindner




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Day Three, 4th June 2015, Public Event
Beacon of Dignity Award Ceremony
The Beacon of Dignity Award was awarded to The Honourable Bishop John Rucyahana and Emmanuel Ndahimana, and to Dr. Jean-Baptiste Habyalimana (accepted in his place by Johnson Mugaga, and given in person on 30th June), and to Johnson Mugaga (on 24th June in his office)

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• Please click here to see the Beacon of Dignity Award ceremony with Dr. Jean-Baptiste Habyalimana on 30th June 2015.
• Please click here to see the Beacon of Dignity Award ceremony with Johnson Mugaga on 24th June 2015.
• See also our Dignilogue Themes and our Appreciative Introductions.





Day Four, 5th June 2015
We held our last Dignilogues and then shared the summaries and taped them on video
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Thank you most warmly, dear Nira Shahaf, for taking such wonderful photos!
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Videos
Thank you most warmly, dear Mark Itallange and Francis Nuwagaba, for your hard work in recording most of our videos!

Day Four, 5th June 2015: Dignilogue Summaries
• 17 Hélène Lewis' Dignilogue Summary
• 18 Emmanuel Ndahimana's Dignilogue Summary, together with Professor Déo Mbonyinkebe Sebahire
• 19 Warner Woodworth Shares His Dignilogue Summary
• 20 Mark Robert Massalu Itallange Shares His Dignilogue Summary
• 21 Avi Shahaf Shares His Dignilogue Summary

Day Four, 5th June 2015: Appreciative Greetings
• 22 Francis Nuwagaba Shares Appreciative Greetings
• 23 Emmanuel Ndahimana Shares Appreciative Greetings
• 24 Mark Robert Massalu Itallange Shares Appreciative Greetings
• 25 Magnus Haavelsrud Shares Appreciative Greetings
• 26 Grace Kiconco Sirrah Shares Appreciative Greetings
• 27 Augustine Aggrey Muloki Shares Appreciative Greetings
• 28 Nira Shahaf Shares Appreciative Greetings
• 29 Ernest Bessango Shares Appreciative Greetings
• 30 Warner Woodworth Shares Appreciative Greetings
• 31 Uli Spalthoff Shares Appreciative Greetings
• 32 Evelin Lindner Shares Appreciative Greetings


On 11th June 2015, I had the privilege of reconnecting with dear Jean-Damascène Gasanabo, Director General of Research and Documentation, Centre on Genocide, National Commission for the Fight against Genocide (CNLG). See two photos taken in his office in Kigali.
Please see his most recent publication:
Gasanabo, Jean-Damascène, David J. Simon, and Margee M. Ensign (Eds.) (2014). Confronting Genocide in Rwanda: Dehumanization, Denial, and Strategies for Prevention. Kigali, Rwanda: The National Commission for the Fight Against Genocide, Republic of Rwanda.
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Please click on the pictures above ore here to see all 50 photos kindly taken by Magnus Haavelsrud. Here you see the books he found in the bookstores of Kigali.
Dear Emmanuel Ndahimana and Damas say good-bye at the airport of Kigali on the eve of 30th June 2015.
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On 16th May 2015, our esteemed Emmanuel Ndahimana and Evelin met with Soeur Gertrude Twagirayezu (she wears an African dress on the photos above) and Soeur Romaine to see whether our conference could take place on their premises, the Foyer de Charité (Caritas) in Rerbero-Kigali. Later, Evelin also met Soeur Mediatrice, Soeur Marie Ange, and Prêtre Pierre Claver Nkusi. It is a wonderful place, Evelin can attest for that, since she had the honour of being welcomed to live in the neighbouring convent since she arrived in Kigali on 1st May. It is beautiful and calm, and choosing this location will also express our wish to honor Felicitas Niyitegeka, who gave her life and was killed for standing by her Tutsi sisters in the genocide that ravaged Rwanda in 1994, targeting Tutsi, together with moderate Hutu who were opposed to the killing. Our dear Father Jean d'Amour Dusengumuremyi, who has also brought Evelin to this wonderful environment, has written a book about Felicitas, on which Uli Spalthoff has worked day and night to publish it in time before our conference in our Dignity Press. Uli has offered to bring 100 copies with him in his suitcase. The book is titled 'No Greater Love: Testimonies on the Life and Death of Felicitas Niyitegeka'. The aim is to create a foundation in the name of Felicitas.
When Evelin arrived in the convent on 1st May, she was immensely happy to see Felicitas' photo standing on the table in the dining room. Sister Antoinette had put it there to remind everybody of the need to place love first, loving service, if needed until death. Felicitas was an Auxiliaire de l'Apostolat, a laïque engagée, who had dedicated herself to a celibate life to serve the common good with love. She was the responsible head of the Centre Pastoral St. Pierre of the Diocèse de Nyundo in Gisenyi. She saved the lives of many Tutsi, and, at last, she chose to die together with the Tutsi women who were in her care and whom she could not save. 

We were lovingly welcomed to conduct part of our conference, and stay overnight, at the Foyer de Charité (Caritas) Sainte Trinité de Rebero Kigali, B.P. 6189 Kigali, Tél. de la Réception (on parle Français): 0785151514.
To get there by taxi on one's own (ca. 10.000 FRW from the city centre), the following description could be printed out to give to the taxi driver:
Kinyarwanda: Icyitonderwa: Gushika i Rebero muri Foyer de Charite, ufata Umuhanda ujya Kicukiro ukaduga nkujya Bugesera, ushitse i Nyanza, ukatira iburyo mu Muhanda w’igitaka. Ni ku birometero bibiri: 2 km.
English: To arrive at the Charité Sainte Trinité de Rebero from the city, one has to go to Kicukiro first, the road that goes up to Bugesera. When you arrive at Nyanza, you turn right into a dirt road, and continue for about 2 kilometers.
French: Pour arriver au Foyer de Charité Sainte Trinité de Rebero de la ville, il faut passer par Kicukiro, la route qui monte vers Bugesera, en arrivant à Nyanza, vous allez tourner vers à droite dans une route en terre, c’est à 2 km de distance.
There are 23 rooms on the premises of the Foyer, plus 30 rooms in the neighbouring convent (where Evelin lives). All participants can stay at the Foyer during the days of our conference. It is 15.000 FRW, ca. 20 Euros, per day for one room. We will also receive food there from the kindest of sisters (breakfast at 8 o'clock 2500 FRW, lunch at noontime 5000 FRW, souper at 7 'o'clock in the evening 5000 FRW, coffee break 1000 FRW, together 13.500 FRW for three meals and coffee break, ca. 18 Euros, per person per day, excluding soft drinks and bottled water). In other words, all-inclusive housing and meals would be ca. 40 Euros per day per person for each of us. Sister Gertrude would be happy to receive some funds when you arrive so that she can buy the food for us for the next days. You would make the final calculation at the end, when you know how many nights you have stayed and how many meals you have had the pleasure to consume. Thank you for taking good care of our hosts!
Those who wished to get access to the Internet, were invited to bring their own mobile phone Internet connection and buy a SIM card and a package of download bytes (see Evelin's modem on the picture above), for example in the Tigo Service Center in the Kigali City Tower, or at the United Trade Center (UTC).
Dear friend! As you know, our global dignity family is a near zero-budget movement. We are always happy to welcome also those participants, for whom cost might be high, and we would love supporting them. Linda, Uli, and I, we give our lifetime out of love and receive no payment for our work. Evelin lives almost without any material possessions and almost without money. We are therefore enormously thankful that NURC most generously shouldered considerable cost. Also dear Emmanuel gave mountains of contributions. We are therefore always extremely glad, if all those among participants who are able to are so generous and show solidarity in dignity with those participants who have difficulties shouldering the cost. THANK YOU!!!
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Over the years, I have observed, all around the world, how wonderful handmade souvenirs are being replaced by mass-produced souvenirs, often made in China. At the top you see wonderful items from Rwanda in 2015, which might soon share the fate of my beloved Egyptian souvenirs from 1984-1991 that you see at the bottom. They can not longer be found in Egypt; I looked for them in vain in 2007.
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Let me take this picture as an example of a Tuscan-themed house (I am not an expert on the exact naming). I find them everywhere in Kigali, as much as I saw them in South Africa, and are told that the wealthy build them from Kinshasa to Bangui.
I wonder, how did this Italianate style come to conquer Africa? And why the wealthy refrain from investing in exploring local styles, traditions, and materials, and sell out their dignity to imitate an imagined past colonizer?
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I very much resonate with what Architect Francis Gichuhi, B.Arch. University of Nairobi, writes:
Looking for South African Architectural Design
Architecture design is an ongoing process where architects attempt to stay ahead of the market in creating new and innovative buildings for developers. As with many things, however, even architecture design is sometimes forced to bow to fashions and fads. The problem arises, however, when these fads start dominating common sense and forcing architects to work counter to what they know to be good architectural design. In South Africa this is very obvious in the so-called ‘Boere Toskaans’ movement of the past few years. In the cities of Pretoria and Johannesburg, architects have been asked by home owners and developers to design buildings in the Tuscan architectural style. Terracota-coloured homes have been springing up all over both cities as more developers follow this fad. But architects are calling for more local architectural designs that employ local materials and that are suited to local conditions. Academics are concerned that the ‘Boere Toskaans’ architectural movement may have a detrimental effect on the cultural identity of South Africa. Research has indicated movements like these in architectural design are part of a search for cultural identity that is very common in post-colonial countries. The argument, however, is that South Africa has more than enough local history, culture and resources that borrowing from European culture is not necessary. While inspired by colonialism, the Cape Dutch, Georgian and Transvaal regionalism were adapted to the local climate and local materials. Originally European in origin, these styles have become nearly synonymous with South African architectural design. Many modern architects are now looking to South Africa’s roots to find inspiration for new architectural designs. Many architects have suggested exciting developments in new architectural design using traditional South African style with local materials. The problem that many architects face, however, is selling this local architectural design to the people. The emerging black middle class are quick to follow the fashions of the international arena to position themselves as citizens of the world. But this position comes at the cost of their and South Africa’s cultural identity. People follow fashions and the current fashion of Tuscan architectural design has taken the South African market by storm. The challenge is to find a South African identity in architectural design. South Africa has enough cultural history to create its own unique architectural style. It is time to leave the European ideals behind and to focus on a styles and architecture that can be called proudly South African.



In June, I tried to find the birds that sing here in Rwanda so beautifully, but failed. I had admired them already in 1999, when I came first to Burundi and then to Rwanda. On 20th and 21st of June 2015, I recorded some of their singing. They even sing with my beloved sisters! Whoever knows these birds, please help me! I did not succeed in taking pictures of them. How do they look like? What are their names?
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• Rebero-Kigali birds morning 20th June 2015
• Rebero-Kigali birds noon 20th June 2015
• Rebero-Kigali birds morning 21st June 2015
• Rebero-Kigali birds morning 24th June 2015




On 30th May 2015, I went through the garden and took photos of the three kinds of avocado trees and their harvest...
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On 29th May 2015, I took photos of our cows returning home...
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On 20th May 2015, I took photos of the wonderfully fresh milk and butter that the sisters produce!
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On 16th May 2015, our esteemed Emmanuel Ndahimana kindly helped me buy hair conditioner and a new suitcase (the old one had been damaged in its last journey from Amsterdam to Kigali, after five years of tough travel all over the world). On the way, I took pictures just to share some impressions of Kigali, of its beautiful views, its changing weather, and, above all, its unparalleled cleanliness. Everywhere else on the globe, it is particularly plastic waste that litters urban and rural spaces, not here! It is almost unbelievable! I remember what I learned from the German Ambassador, who gave me the honor of meeting him on 7th May, about another example of public care for the common good, namely, a public health care system. In Africa, it only exists in Rwanda and South Africa, I learned. Everywhere else in Africa, people who have no means to pay for medical services are left to their own devices.
Please be welcome to our 25th Annual Dignity Conference here in Kigali, 2nd - 5th June!
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On 13th May 2015, my dear sisters, who so kindly gave me shelter and love, suprised me with lovely birthday flowers from the surrounding nature here in Kigali, Rwanda! You see me sitting with the photo of Félicité, who gave her life in the genocide that ravaged Rwanda in 1994, targeting Tutsi, together with moderate Hutu who were opposed to the killing. Our dear Father Jean d'Amour Dusengumuremyi wrote a book about her, published in our Dignity Press, titled 'No Greater Love: Testimonies on the Life and Death of Felicitas Niyitegeka'. When I arrived in the convent on 1st May, I was immensely happy to see Felicitas' photo standing on the table in the dining room. Sister Antoinette had put it there to remind everybody of the need to place love first, loving service, if needed until death. Felicitas was an Auxiliaire de l'Apostolat, a laïque engagée, who had dedicated herself to a celibate life to serve the common good with love. She was the responsible head of the Centre Pastoral St. Pierre of the Diocèse de Nyundo in Gisenyi. She saved the lives of many Tutsi, and, at last, she chose to die together with the Tutsi women who were in her care and whom she could not save.
By the way, I am wearing a piece of clothes that our dear Emmanuel Ndahimana kindly gave to me and allowed me to wear while in Rwanda. It can be worn by men and women.
Please be welcome to our 25th Annual Dignity Conference here in Kigali, 2nd - 5th June!
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On 13th May 2015, our dear Linda Hartling sent out our "Take a Look" letter containing reflections on the 2015 Nobel Peace Prize nomination of our global dignity work.
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I am living here on a hill above Kigali in the Kicukiro District, not far from the Nyanza Genocide Memorial Centre. The Kicukiro District has altogether six genocide memorials, among them the Nyanza memorial site, home to about 11,000 victims of the 1994 genocide. The other is Rebero Genocide Memorial where 14,000 are buried, including politicians who were killed during the genocide. The Nyanza site is a symbol of international failure to protect Tutsi from being killed.
See:
“Nyanza-Kicukiro Massacres: Rethinking the Failure of International Community,” by Edwin Musoni, April 11, 2014, New Times.
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Starting on 1st May 2015, I was most lovingly cared for by the Soeurs Dominicaines in their convent in Rebero-Kigali, Rwanda. I am infinitely thankful to Father Jean d'Amour Dusengumuremyi for suggesting to our dear Emmanuel Ndahimana to bring me to the sisters and ask them whether they would welcome me in their midst. You see the wonderful view from their building.
I am wearing a piece of clothes that our dear Emmanuel kindly gave to me and allowed me to wear while in Rwanda. It can be worn by men and women.
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On 27th February 2015, this was the special view out of the window of the just landed airplane in Hannover, Germany...
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On 25th February 2015, I had the great privilege to be invited by Gerdelin Bodvin to Opera Simon, with Sunniva Bodvin as scenographer and costume designer.
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On 16th February 2015, I had the great privilege of sharing my thoughts in a talk titled "Transforming Humiliation and Violent Conflict" at the Norwegian Centre for Human Rights, University of Oslo, introduced by Inga Bostad, see the announcement. Warm thanks go to Rachel Aspögård for video-taping the talk, see the video.
It is a great joy for me to be affiliated with the centre as a guest researcher.
• Description: Conflict has many facets. Conflict can be misunderstood, misrecognised, or instrumentalised for ulterior goals. One way to maintain power, for instance, is to divert attention through the creation of pseudo-conflicts so as to keep underlying conflicts about power invisible. Conflict can elicit angry confrontation, and even cycles of humiliation can be triggered, where humiliation is involved both as act and as feeling, as tool and as outcome. Moreover, protracted cycles of humiliation can lead to paralysis and apathy, results from 'learned helplessness'. The most desirable scenario is to replace unforgiving confrontation with mutually enriching diversity so that unity in diversity can flourish instead of division without unity. The latter approach can be learned, even though it requires considerable intentional effort to envision, embark on, and experiment with dignifying communication styles that connect in dialogue instead of keeping monologues apart. Yet, history shows that it is worth it. Once established, a culture of unity in diversity can reduce the risk that important conflicts will be overlooked and it can widen the space for a constructive 'pedagogy of conflict'. Throughout history, cultural heydays were characterised by diversity, from the Shiraz of poet Hafez' in Persia to the Moorish Kingdom of Granada. Respect for the equality in dignity of all involved is at the core of such unity in diversity, which means abstaining from inflicting humiliation and acknowledging the seriousness of feelings of humiliation so as to prevent and heal these feelings as quickly as possible. So far, such cultural blossoming remains rare in human history and also most present-day cultural contexts fail to socialise their citizens into the values and skills necessary to achieve it. In times of crisis, it is particularly hazardous to neglect necessary conflicts and to cover up real conflicts with specious conflicts, as much as it is dangerous to allow conflict to feed cycles of humiliation. Necessary conflicts need to be addressed rather than neglected, and this has to be done in dignified and dignifying ways. At the current point in history, there is a danger of overlooking the long-term and global dimensions of human existence on planet Earth. When politicians are beholden to pressures from global systemic frameworks, and when even academia is pushed to give up its ideals in favour of economic considerations, and when this is part and parcel of an increase in social inequality and ecological degradation worldwide, a coordinated effort by a world citizens movement is needed. Norway has a cultural heritage of unity (dugnad) and equality in dignity (likeverd), as well as a history of global outreach. This heritage can be regarded as an important resource, entailing the responsibility - informed by humility - to inspire global concerted conscientisation (Paulo Freire's term) by each individual world citizen. The aim would be to utilize all dignifying aspects of humanity's cultural heritage to unite in concerted stewardship of cultural and biological diversity and substance, and to give space to the human rights tenet that every human being is born free and equal in dignity and rights, while protecting and replenishing the Earth's limited natural resources.
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On 11th February 2015, I had the great privilege of being invited to the Spring Up Musical, en fengende og hjertewarm historie om to ungdomsgjenger som barker sammen i Oslo Gater. I et dramatisk og uheldig øyeblikk knivstikker Lukas en jente, og han takker ja til samfunnstraff i Kina, der kampsporten gir livet endring og nye perspektiv. Regi: Elin Høyholm, manus: Tormod Ugelstad, musikk: Peter Baden, produsent: Ingrid Danbolt. Benjamin Hiley spiller Lukas i hovedrollen, Alexander Brill i en mindre rolle og med Allan Hiley og Ola Thingstad som har laget promoteringsvideoen Spring Up, er familien Hiley og NTS godt representert! See also http://operaen.no/.
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On 11th February 2015, I had the great privilege of sharing my thoughts in a guest lecture at the Department of Psychology of the University of Oslo, Norway. I thank Ole Jacob Madsen for inspiring me with his important work and for introducing me. And I thank Marit, Nathalie, Noorit, and Ellinor for a wonderful gathering after the event. Warm thanks go to Per Ole Bjørnstad for video-taping.
The title of the lecture was:
Hva har kultur- og samfunnspsykologi med verdighet å gjøre?
Short description/kort beskrivelse: Hvilken rolle spiller psykologer og psykologi i samfunnet? Hvem er ansvarlig når psykologi blir misforstått eller misbrukt? Er psykologisk forskning verdinøytral? Psykologisk teori og praksis kan ha ulik effekt. Evelin Lindner bruker forskningen på hjelpeløshet (learned helplessness), motstandsdyktighet (resilience), selvfølelse (self-esteem) og lykke (happiness) som eksempler. Hun spør hvilke typer ansvar du vil ta. Ansvar for fred og velferd definert som ivaretagelse av bestående strukturer eller for fred og velferd for alle med verdighet? Hvilke typer deltagelse i samfunnet er du villig til å frastå fra, hvilke vil du styrke eller nyskape, og hvor går grensene for deg? Lindner foreslår å belyse disse spørsmål fra et psyko-geo-historisk perspektiv som gjør store historiske linjer nyttige for personlige, fagrelaterte og samfunnsmessige valg.
Please see a long description here.
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On 2nd February 2015, it was a great pleasure to have an hour with Kristian Harpviken, Director of PRIO, the International Peace Research Institute in Oslo, Norway.
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On 31st January 2015, our dear Trine Eklund celebrated her important birthday! It is a great privilege to be part of her family, together with Mai-Bente Bonnevie, Fredrik Heffermehl, Gerdelin Bodvin, and to meet, for the first time, also Sonja Lid!
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On 27th January 2015, I had the great privilege of being welcomed by Ragnhild Nilsen and her daughter in their home in Oslo, Norway.
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On 26th January 2015, I observed how my ideas of an office cockpit or internet cockpit, ideas I could not pursue due to lack of time, are manifesting, at least partly, in different places, and with different aspects of it. On the left side, you see chairs at Værnes airport in Trondheim, Norway, and on the right side Massage-O-Matic wellness facilities at Schiphol airport in Amsterdam.
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On 23rd January 2015, Jingyi Dong defended her doctoral thesis titled "A Study of Rural Students in the Higher Education System in China in Relation to Their Context" at the Department of Education of the Faculty of Social Sciences and Technology Management of the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). Her academic supervisor was Magnus Haavelsrud. The title of her trial lecture was "Dignity and Democracy: A Vision for the Future of Rural Students in the Higher Education System in China." Jingyi Dong defended her work brilliantly and her ideas will become important for rural students in China, for higher education in China, and for society in general both within and outside of China. I had the honor of being the first opponent in her defence.
Please see the doctor certificate award ceremony in November 2015.
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In January 2015, I had the great privilege of being welcomed to Trondheim, Norway, by my beloved Klempe family. On 22nd January, I took a little tour, paying a visit to Nidarosdomen and Olav Tryggvason.
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