2006: Conflict Management & Resolution
Conflict Management & Resolution
11th Biennial Jerusalem Conference in Canadian Studies (2006)
Conflict management and resolution” was the theme of the 11th Biennial Jerusalem Conference in Canadian Studies, which took place at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in July 2006. In her keynote address, "Is getting to ‘no' a good idea in conflict resolution?”, the distinguished Prof. Janice Stein (University of Toronto) challenged us all to move beyond tired ways of thinking about the structure and language of resolution. Many subsequent presentations referred back to the opening discussion, offering a necessary thematic coherence to our conversations.
A highlight was the riveting session on "The rule of law,” in which two distinguished panelists — Justice Aharon Barak of the Supreme Court of Israel and former Supreme Court of Canada Justice Frank Iacobucci — addressed an overflowing room. Moderated by the Honourable Irwin Cotler, acclaimed scholar and former minister of justice and attorney general of Canada, the panel boasted an astonishingly large amount of intellectual power and experience. Also in attendance was former Canadian federal justice minister Anne McClelland, a lively participant who warmly shared her experiences.
Sessions on social and economic policy were complemented by those on literature and art. For example, in a lively interactive session, Danielle Schaub (Oranim College) demonstrated how she approaches issues of conflict and resolution through the teaching of fiction. Bina Freiwald (Concordia University) spoke about the Arab-Israeli conflict in Jewish Canadian women's writing.
Special events included lunch with dynamic guest speaker Shlomo Hasson (Hebrew University of Jerusalem) on "The future of Jerusalem: Political and geographic perspectives”; a discussion of Steven Spielberg's controversial film Munich; a reception at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem; and a tour of the New Yad Vashem Museum.
We reflect on the 2006 conference with a mixture of deep sadness and affection. For many of us, it was our last time with conference organizer and Halbert Centre director Arie Shachar, without whose extraordinary leadership the conference and all of its fruitful benefits would not have been possible. We must take inspiration from the success of the 2006 conference to carry on with Prof. Shachar's vision of bringing together Canadian and Israeli scholars in a rich, ongoing dialogue.