Mediators Beyond Borders Founder to Speak

Kenneth Cloke will discuss ‘conflict revolution’ in May 14 Mosten Lecture

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Mediators Beyond Borders founder to speak May 14.

RIVERSIDE, Calif. — Kenneth Cloke, known internationally for his work as a mediator and teacher of conflict-resolution skills, will discuss “Conflict Revolution: How Mediators Can Help Save the Planet” on Tuesday, May 14, at 5 p.m. in the UC Riverside Culver Center of the Arts, 3824 Main St., Riverside.

Cloke, director of the Center for Dispute Resolution in Santa Monica, Calif., will examine the role mediators can play in helping to resolve chronic, complex global conflicts and identify ways to act locally and internationally to build conflict-resolution capacity around the world.

“We have all watched political conversations degenerate into angry quarrels between deeply wounded, frightened, adversarial people; then deteriorate into brutal personal attacks and antagonistic power contests; ultimately sinking into screaming matches, shaming and blaming, and personal viciousness, sometimes resulting in senseless violence, and appalling acts of brutality,” Cloke said.

“Successful political decision-making and conflict resolution require not silence or rage, but dialogue; not aggression, but collaboration; not accommodation, but courageous, constructive, creative contention,” he said. “Silence in the face of critical issues signifies not merely the absence of speech, but of integrity, and therefore of self, values, citizenship, and community.”

Kenneth Cloke

Kenneth Cloke

Cloke holds a B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley; a J.D. from U.C. Berkeley’s Boalt Law School; a Ph.D. from UCLA; and a Master of Laws (LLM) from UCLA School of Law. He also did post-doctoral work at Yale University School of Law and is a graduate of the National Judicial College in Reno, Nev.

An arbitrator and mediator in labor management disputes for nearly three decades, he has done conflict-resolution work in the United States and around the world. In California he has served as an administrative law judge for the California Agricultural Labor Relations Board and the Public Employment Relations Board, as a factfinder for the Public Employment Relations Board, and as judge pro tem for the Superior Court of Los Angeles.

He is president and co-founder of Mediators Beyond Borders, a nonprofit that builds local skills for peace and promotes mediation worldwide.

Cloke’s lecture continues the Mosten Series and Human Rights and Community Development, sponsored by the UCR Center for Ideas and Society through a generous gift by Forrest and Jodi Mosten. The lecture series is named for Forrest S. (Woody) Mosten, a Los Angeles attorney who earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from UCR in 1969.

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