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David Hooker
"Honoring Dissensus in Search of a Reconfigured 'We the People'”
Thursday, April 18, 2019, 03:30pm - 05:00pm
Mershon Center for International Security Studies
1501 Neil Ave.
Columbus, Ohio 43201

David Hooker

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Associate Professor of the Practice of Conflict Transformation and Peacebuilding, David Hooker has worked with communities, governments, and international NGOs and civil society organizations on post-conflict community building, environmental justice, and other issues of public policy and social justice. He has managed multi-party conflicts, conducted workshops, and consulted across the U.S. and around the world. Hooker also is a lawyer who has represented the State of Georgia as an Assistant Attorney General. He has taught graduate courses in negotiation, mediation, conflict resolution, conflict analysis, trauma healing, and conflict transformation at Eastern Mennonite University.

From 2010-2015, Hooker was a senior fellow for community engagement strategies at the University of Georgia’s J.W. Fanning Institute for Leadership Development. He is president and principal consultant of CounterStories Consulting, LLC, where his work focuses on narrative alignment for civic, community, and faith leaders. Hooker is a graduate of Morehouse College (B.S./B.S.) in Atlanta, Georgia; the University of Massachusetts Amherst (M.P.H. & M.P.A.); Emory University’s School of Law (J.D.); and Emory University’s Candler School of Theology (M.Div.). He earned his Ph.D. from Tilburg University in the Netherlands. His areas of expertise include post-conflict community building, environmental justice, public policy and social justice, multi-party conflicts, negotiation, and mediation.

Abstract

Honoring Dissensus in Search of a Reconfigured “We the People”: Populism, precarity and the possibility of forming new identity narratives

Searching for connecting concerns that are driving the rise of populism and the decline of liberal democratic institutions and proposing a set of strategies drawn from narrative practices to apply at the personal, local, and global levels

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