Intergroup Dialogue: Pedagogy of Possibilities

UMass Amherst, June 7 - 9, 2019

Intergroup Dialogue: Pedagogy of Possibilities is the theme for the 3rd Biennial Conference on Intergroup Dialogue from June 7 - 9, 2019.

Taking place at University of Massachusetts Amherst, the Conference is co-sponsored by University of Massachusetts Amherst and Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke, and Smith Colleges.


The mission of the 3rd Biennial Conference on Intergroup Dialogue is to share knowledge, skills, stories, and practices that illustrate how dialogue can be a catalyst for envisioning new possibilities for collaboration and solidarity across differences.

Headshot of Magdalena Gómez

Magdalena Gómez was a vanguard member of the Nuyorican Literary Movement. She began as a performance poet at age17, and by age 24 was named “Our American Oracle” by Michael Devlin, editor of the... (read more)

Headshot of Jamila Lyiscott

Dr. Jamila Lyiscott is a Harry Potter enthusiast, a community engaged scholar, a nationally renowned speaker and a spoken word artist. She serves as an Assistant Professor of Social Justice Education at the... (read more)

Headshot of Magdalena Gómez

Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum, President Emerita of Spelman College, is a clinical psychologist widely known for her expertise on race relations and as a thought leader in higher education. Her visionary leadership... (read more)

Re-Learning LARA: New Engagements with Familiar Tools

Adi Grabiner-Keinan, Rachel Sumner, Jazlin Garner Gomez & Stephen Kim, Cornell University

In this session, you will learn about Cornell's scaffolded process for introducing and practicing the LARA (Listen, Affirm, Respond, Add information) method across campus... (read more).

Introduction to Relational Storytelling: Building Communities of Support

Javiera Benavente, Maya Sungold, Desta Cantave and Julia Petersen, Hampshire College and Safire DeJong, Collaborative for Educational Services

Many communities face challenges in building strong, dependable relationships. Often we fall into grinding conflict, rupture, and pain despite striving to live by our values. It is challenging to build resilient community... (read more).

Examining Narrative, Identity and Conflict in Facilitated Conversations

Deepika Marya and Leah Wing, University of Massachusetts-Amherst

This workshop examines power imbalances and identity in the handling of conflict explores how mainstream conflict resolution does not serve all disputants equally despite the best intentions. While research demonstrates success for many... (read more).

A People’s Dialogue

Marty Pottenger

Through participatory creativity, reciprocal questioning, radical listening, and reflective insights, A People’s Dialogue offers participants a powerful set of tools and dialogue design to explore their collective and intimate relationships with patriotism, political identity, belonging and courage.

The events of the last two decades have troubled, inspired and challenged people living in the U.S. to ask... (read more).