March 5-6, 2020, Anderson University Center
Free and open to PLU and surrounding communities; registration strongly recommended
The greatest glory in living lies not in never failing, but in rising every time we fail.
– Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela
9th WANG CENTER SYMPOSIUM
Disarming Polarization: Navigating Conflict and Difference in the 21st Century
The 9th Wang Center Symposium takes up the issue of heightened political and societal polarization within the U.S. and globally as well as its primary consequence, the increasing inability to communicate and collaborate across differences to develop solutions to the world’s most pressing problems. These problems include but are not limited to: climate change, food and water insecurity, immigration, poverty, and income inequality, as well as ongoing large and small-scale conflicts resulting from strained relations among those of different races, ethnicities, religions, genders, sexual orientations, and social classes. Acknowledging this challenge, the two-day conference will bring together academics, activists, and practitioners whose life’s work engages polarization—within and across disciplines, traditions, communities, peoples, etc.—in ways that increase understanding about the topic or model actions that facilitate effective collaboration across difference.
Speakers and Panels
See a detailed panels list and bios of the 9th Biennial Wang Center Symposium speakers.
The Wang Center for Global Education
Made possible by a generous gift from Drs. Grace and Peter Wang, the Center is an academic support unit dedicated to providing faculty, students and staff with the resources necessary to advance PLU’s distinction and vision for global education of “educating for a just, healthy, sustainable and peaceful world at home and abroad” through faculty development and grant opportunities, delivery of study away programs, on-campus programming on pressing world issues and a commitment to best practices when engaging with educational partners worldwide.
In gratitude to our sponsors and for the collaboration with community and university partners
Benson Family Foundation
Department of Religion Paul Ingram Lecture in Religion
Division of Humanities Menzel/Kohler Memorial Lecture
Mountain View Lutheran Church