Diversity Inside/Out: The Role of Anxiety in Mediation

A presentation by Dorit Cypis and Milan Slama This is an interactive presentation that recognizes the important role that anxiety and identity play in challenging mediators to “mediate courageously”. To be effective mediators we must recognize our own anxieties when we mediate difficult situations, discomforting topics and challenging clients, and assess how much risk we are willing to take before endangering the process of mediation and losing necessary trust of the parties. Mediators participating in this session … [Read more...]

Days of Dialogue – Police Community Relations in the Aftermath of Michael Brown and Ezell Ford

Police Community Relations in the Aftermath of Michael Brown and Ezell Ford Sponsored by Institute for Non Violence Los Angeles and City of LA 9th District October 30, November 1, 2014 Reflections by Dorit Cypis November 5, 2014 On October 30, 2014, 160 people from South LA came together for Days of Dialogue at Dr. Maya Angelou High School, to talk together of their grief and frustration in the wake of recent police killings in their local neighborhoods and nationally. Fourteen tables of community members, each … [Read more...]

The Crisis This Time, Conversations on Israel/Palestine

Dorit Cypis is collaborating with the Levantine Cultural Center to provide dialogue facilitators and organize evening dialogues with participating audiences after each presentation. These dialogues ensure more intimate discussion amongst groups of 8-15 people, allow all voices to be expressed and heard, and focus on action oriented responses. Americans are watching in dismay as Gaza comes under the bombs for the third time in the last few years and Israel as a nation finds itself in crisis, under attack by Hamas. Over … [Read more...]

flip, flop, foul and reconciliation: which beautiful game? (part 1 & 2)

"Rook Campbell and Dorit Cypis are colleagues, a professor of sport diplomacy and an artist and mediator, two individuals with different disciplinary codes of reading the world of art and the world of sport. They first met in 2000 at the University of Southern California where Dorit was a professor of Visual Culture in the Art Department and Rook was an undergraduate senior. As Rook was redshirted from athletic competition, forced to sit the remaining competitive season out, she opted for Visual Culture as an elective … [Read more...]

The Sighted See the Surface Dorit Cypis | LM Projects

LM PROJECTS The Sighted See the Surface Dorit Cypis This work is dedicated to the late Michael Asher who serves as a catalyst for Dorit Cypis’ ongoing research project The Sighted See the Surface. Asher’s critique of institutions shaping what is made visible and not visible to the public has inspired Cypis to work with the Braille Institute in Los Angeles as a site for study and collaboration. Since June 2013, Cypis has been volunteering at the Braille Institute’s Telephone Reader Project, reading weekly the daily … [Read more...]

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