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Wed 30

June 30, 2021 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm EDT

Wired for Conflict, Training for Peace: How Conflict is Hard-Wired and What We Can Do About it

Alliance for Peacebuilding

Location: Online

Our brains are hard-wired for antagonism and strong emotion. Social discord can seem inevitable, and often leads to social conflict. Fortunately, there are practices for meaningful communication, behavior change, and emotion and bias management available to all. Join AfP on June 30th to learn about the neuroscience of conflict and approaches for its management. Our panelists will present on the science of breaking cycles of animosity, while offering practices for developing effective communication strategies and fostering relationships.  


  • Mari Fitzduff, Professor Emerita, Heller School, Brandeis University and author of Our Brains at War: The Neuroscience of Conflict and Peacebuilding
  • Lisa Swallow, Executive Director of Crossing Party Lines, Inc and author of Yes, You CAN Talk Politics: A Workbook for Talking Across Party Lines
  • Michelle Barsa, Program Director, Democracy & Social Identity, Beyond Conflict

This event is part of AfP’s ongoing webinar series, Preventing and Reducing Conflict and Instability in the United States: Shaping What Comes Next, discussions with leading peacebuilding and conflict prevention experts, donors, and policymakers from across the country.